The lone position player, Jordan Walton, is assigned to Batavia of the New York-Penn League, the highest short-season club. The earlier-announced pitchers, left-hander Josh Renfro and righty Chris Thomas, were covered in this article. Both have been placed with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, the lowest of the three short-season affiliates.
That leaves four new signees having joined the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League. They are all right-handers: Jacob Booden, Thomas Lee, Zach Petrick and Jeff Rauh. Two call Illinois home with the others from California.
His career record is 10-10 with a 5.04 ERA, but his ERA was 2.84 in 2012. Booden fanned 139, but walked 105 in 168 innings over his four years. This season, he fanned 42 and walked 21 in 31 2/3 frames.
After starting 19 games in 2010 and 2011, Booden worked exclusively out of the bullpen as a late-inning reliever in 2012. His 28 appearances this spring were the second-most in a single season in Braves history. Booden throws an 89-93 mph fastball and a deceptive slider at 85.
Lee became Sonoma State's all-time leader in strikeouts and innings pitched. In 54 career appearances for the Seawolves, the 22-year-old went 16-7 with a 3.16 ERA and 214 strikeouts. He capped his career with All-Conference and American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region first-team selections in 2012.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound right hander from Morris, Ill. was named first-team All-Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference as a senior after receiving honorable mention as a junior.
Petrick comes from a baseball family. His older brother Billy was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the third round of the 2002 draft and appeared in eight games in the majors as a relief pitcher for the Cubs in 2007.
In four years at UCSD, Rauh made 34 appearances, logging a 5.37 ERA and a 6-6 record. The right-hander struck out 76 hitters in 112 1/3 innings pitched for the Tritons during his career.
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