On Saturday evening, the Cardinals announced their signing of 30-year-old, right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet on Twitter.
The #STLCards signed RHP Preston Guilmet to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) January 7, 2018
Guilmet pitched for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the NPB In 2017.
Guilmet was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 2009 MLB Draft, taken as the 275th overall pick. He made it to the big leagues by 2013 with the Indians, when he pitched in four games out of the bullpen. Guilmet joined the Baltimore Orioles via trade and logged 10 1⁄3 frames in 2014 and combined for 7 1⁄3 innings with the Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays in 2015 - his last season of big-league of work.
After electing free agency following the ‘16 season, Guilmet opted to join the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, hoping to establish himself.
Pitching for the Swallows in 2017, Guilmet appeared in 28 games, pitching 54 2⁄3 innings. During his work, Guilmet posted a 57:15 strikeout-to-walk ratio with a 3.62 ERA and just four home runs allowed.
The Cardinals signed Guilmet to a Minor League contract (currently, Guilmet is assigned to the Memphis Redbirds) and invited the right-hander to Spring Training.
St. Louis pitchers and catchers are slated to report to camp by February 13.
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