photo: Cory Malcom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Right-handed relief pitcher Cory Malcom, the St. Louis Cardinals’ 34th-round selection in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft, has been released by the organization. The 23-year old, a native of Elkhart, Indiana, played college ball at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
The 6-foot, 210-pounder began his Cardinals career with 12 games pitched out of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals bullpen in 2017, where he logged a 3.18 ERA to go with 14 strikeouts and just two walks in 11 1/3 innings.
To open 2018, Malcom stepped up to Class-A Peoria. However, after a month in the Midwest League, during which he allowed 16 baserunners and a 4.66 ERA in 9 2/3 innings, he was returned to extended spring training. One positive with the Chiefs was his total of 20 strikeouts.
When State College of the short-season Class-A New York-Penn League opened play in late June, Malcom joined the club. With the Spikes, he appeared in 19 games, logging 22 innings, with a 4.91 ERA. Malcom struck out 25 and held opposing batters to a collective .230 average, but walked 10.
Malcom’s biggest move may have been his on-field proposal to Kayla Turner on July 22nd, prior to a game which he won in the 10th inning.
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