According to MLB.com, the St. Louis Cardinals have purchased the contract of Joe Mather. The 25 year-old was the Cardinals third round selection (104 overall) in the 2001 amateur draft out of Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona.
The tall, lanky outfielder had struggled staying healthy and was an after thought as far as Cardinal prospects were concerned. He was assigned to Double A Springfield to start the year in 2007 and broke out in a big way. During the month of April, Mather hit 10 home runs and slugged .797. In 64 games, he hit .303/.387/.607 with 18 homers and 46 RBIs. Mather twice won Texas Player of the Week honors. He was named a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star but was unable to attend the game due to his promotion to Memphis
Mather struggled early but did show some signs of life at Triple A, where he finished with a line of .241/.329/.443. Mather showed tremendous power, hitting 13 home runs and finishing with an isolated power (ISOP) of .202. For the season, Mather posted a line of .271/.357/.522 with 31 home runs and 77 RBIs.
To finish off a career year, Mather was selected to represent the Cardinal organization in the Arizona Fall League. The Phoenix native appeared in six games hitting .286/.375/.286 before being shut down due to elbow tenderness.
The Cardinals were in danger of losing Mather in the Rule 5 draft but he will now be protected being named to the 40 man roster.