Cardinals come to terms with 27 draft picks

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced their first group of signees from this week's draft. 26 are college players.

On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced the organization has agreed to terms with 27 of their 44 selections in this week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Among the new Cardinals are supplemental first-round picks third baseman Patrick Wisdom (52nd overall) and catcher Steve Bean (59th overall). Seven of the 14 players drafted in the first 10 rounds and 15 of the 24 drafted in the top 20 rounds have settled with the organization.

Bean is the only one of the 27 who is currently a high schooler. The 18-year-old catcher from Rockwall (Texas) High School had signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at the University of Texas in the fall, but instead is now a professional. An excited Bean tweeted that he planned to buy a car for his mother.

Left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney (3rd), righty Kyle Barraclough (7th), outfielder Yoenny Gonzalez (8th), catcher Rowan Wick (9th) and second baseman Jacob Wilson (10th) round out the remaining top 10 round picks signed.

The Cardinals also signed two of their five picks with ties to the organization, right-handed pitcher Mike Aldrete, a 39th round pick from San Jose State University, son of Cardinals bench coach Mike Aldrete; and infielder Jacoby Almaraz, son of Cardinals crosschecker Joe Almaraz.

Four of the Cardinals 14 total top 10 round picks are still playing college baseball in the NCAA Super Regionals and prohibited to sign until their season concludes. They are Florida State outfielder James Ramsey (1st), Stanford third baseman Stephen Piscotty (supplemental 1st), plus two Arizona players, shortstop Alex Mejia (4th) and right-handed pitcher Kurt Heyer (6th).

St. Louis Cardinals draft signees - June 9, 2012

Rd overall  Player  Pos. School
1S 52  Patrick Wisdom  3B St. Mary's (CA) College
1S 59  Steve Bean  C Rockwall High School (TX)
3 117  Tim Cooney  LHP Wake Forest University
7 240  Kyle Barraclough  RHP St. Mary's (CA) College
8 270  Yoenny Gonzalez  OF College of Central Florida
9 300  Rowan Wick  C Cypress College
10 330  Jacob Wilson  INF University of Memphis
13 420  Brett Wiley  INF Jefferson College
14 450  Anthony Melchionda  INF Boston College
15 480  Bruce Caldwell  INF Spartanburg-Methodist Coll.
16 510  Joe Scanio  RHP Northwestern State
17 540  Chris Perry  RHP Methodist University (NC)
18 570  Jeremy Schaffer  1B Tulane University
19 600  Steve Gallardo  RHP Long Beach City College
20 630  Matthew Young  OF Cal State Univ-Dominguez
21 660  Jacoby Almaraz  INF Angelina College (TX)
24 750  Lee Stoppelman  LHP Univ. of Central Missouri
25 780  Dixon Llorens  RHP Miami-Dade Comm College
26 810  Steve Sabatino  LHP University of Notre Dame
27 840  Joey Cuda  RHP Eckerd College (FL)
28 870  Dodson McPherson  OF Wingate College (NC)
30 930  Kyle Helisek  LHP Villanova University
31 960  Joey Donofrio  RHP University of Cal-Berkeley
33 1020  Ronnie Shaban  RHP Virginia Tech
34 1050  Mark Trentacosta  LHP University of Cal-Irvine
35 1080  Ben O'Shea  LHP University of Tampa
39 1200  Mike Aldrete  RHP San Jose State Uinversity

All the signed players will be reporting to their assigned minor league clubs next week. As soon as rosters are available, we will share them here at The Cardinal Nation. For a visual representation of all 44 draft picks and the entire Cardinals system on one page, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation Blog.

To review the entire Cardinals 2012 draft class:
Cardinals Draft Day Three coverage
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