|St. Louis Cardinals|
December 21, 1985 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
Edward Michael Easley (born December 21, 1985) is an American professional baseball player. A catcher, Easley plays in minor league baseball for the Memphis Redbirds, the Class AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Easley won the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year Award in high school, before enrolling at Mississippi State University. Playing college baseball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Easley won the Johnny Bench Award as the best catcher in college baseball in his junior year. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and played in their minor league system from 2007 through 2013, before signing with St. Louis for the 2014 season.
High School and College
Easley attended Olive Branch High School, where he was an All-American and a 2-time All-State catcher for the Conquistadors. He had a .469 batting average with 12 home runs and 55 runs batted in (RBIs) in 2004, his senior year, earning him the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year award.
Easley played college baseball at Mississippi State University for the Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team. In his freshman year of 2005, he split time at third base and catcher in 62 games, hitting .296 with three home runs and 32 RBIs. In his sophomore year of 2006, he hit .336 with four home runs, 42 RBIs, and 18 doubles. In his junior year, he hit .358 with 12 home runs and 68 RBIs. He won the Johnny Bench Award, beating out Buster Posey and Matt Wieters.
Easley was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the supplemental first round (61st overall) of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, and received a $531,000 signing bonus. Easley was assigned to the Yakima Bears of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, where in 33 games at catcher and first base, he hit .250 with six home run and 20 RBIs. Easley played 2008 with the Visalia Oaks of the Class A-Advanced California League, where in 118 games between catcher, first base and third base with the Oaks, he hit .247 with six home runs, 53 RBIs, and 20 doubles. Easley was the Visalia's Opening Day third baseman in 2009, as Konrad Schmidt was their starting catcher. In 106 games with Visalia (now named the Rawhide), he hit .228 with three home runs, 38 RBIs and 18 doubles. Easley began 2010 with the Mobile BayBears of the Class AA Southern League, where he hit .259 in 55 game as the backup to Schmidt. On August 4, Easley earned a promotion to the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) to end the year. In 17 games with the Aces, he hit .188 with seven RBIs. After the season, Easley played with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League, where he hit 5-for-21 in seven games.
Easley was the BayBears main catcher in 2011, where in 83 games, he hit .273 with four home runs, 37 RBIs and 16 doubles. He was Mobile's Opening Day catcher in 2012, but played in fewer games than their other catcher, Rossmel Perez. In 67 games with the BayBears in 2012, he hit .265 with two home runs and 23 RBIs. Easley played for Reno in 2013, where he was used along with Tuffy Gosewisch at catcher. He was named the Diamondbacks' Minor League Co-Player of the Month in August, when he hit .402 with two home runs, 15 RBIs and 14 runs. In 87 games with the Aces in 2013, he hit .334 with six home runs, 49 RBIs, 39 runs and 22 doubles. He threw out a career-high 35.7% of would-be base stealers. After the year, he became a minor league free agent.
St. Louis Cardinals
During the offseason, Easley runs a baseball camp located at Olive Branch High School for 6–18 year olds.
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- "Easley Tabbed D-backs Organizational Player of the Month". RenoAces.com. September 4, 2013.
- Langosch, Jennifer (November 18, 2013). "Cardinals sign Moore, Easley to Minors deals". MLB.com.
- Fleischer, Peter (October 4, 2013). "Memphis Redbirds excited for 2014 season – Mid-South News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | FOX13". Myfoxmemphis.com. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
- "Former MSU star Ed Easley brings in pros for baseball camp". The Commercial Appeal. January 9, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2014.