Born: October 1, 1987|
|April 6, 2012, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|May 22, 2012, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Runs batted in||1|
Erik Komatsu (born October 1, 1987) is a former professional baseball outfielder. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins. Komatsu was born and raised in California. His Japanese surname is inherited from his American-born Japanese father and grandfather; his paternal grandmother came to the U.S. from Japan as a military bride.
New York Yankees
In 2007 Komatsu was drafted by the New York Yankees, but did not sign.
In 2008 was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers. He climbed his way from the Rookie League to AA in three years. He was named the Brewers' Minor League Player of the Year in 2010.
St. Louis Cardinals
He was chosen by the Cardinals in the minor league phase of the 2011 Rule 5 draft. On April 6, 2012, Komatsu collected an infield hit in first Major League at-bat against the Milwaukee Brewers. As a Rule 5 draft pick, he was designated for assignment after Allen Craig came off the disabled list on May 1. In 15 games with the Cardinals, he collected four hits 19 at bats with three runs and two walks.
The Minnesota Twins claimed him off waivers on May 4. On May 7, Komatsu got his first Twins hit against Jered Weaver of the Angels. On May 27, the Twins designated Komatsu for assignment to make room for Jeff Manship.
Second stint with Nationals
Playing with Triple-A Syracuse after being returned, he was placed on the disabled list with an injury on July 7 and missed the rest of the season. In 31 games with Syracuse, he hit .269 with three HR and 14 RBI. Komatsu began 2013 on the disabled list, and made his season debut on April 23 with Harrisburg. After seven games with the Senators, he was promoted to Syracuse on May 2, where he played in nine games before being placed on the disabled list on May 14. In 16 games in 2013, he collected nine hits in 54 AB with one RBI and six walks.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Komatsu signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in May 2014.
Second stint with Brewers
Komatsu inked a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on June 27, 2014
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