Cardinals announce first 2013 draft signees

Seven 2013 drafted players have officially become St. Louis Cardinals, including a Missouri State battery.

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced the signing of the first seven players from their 2013 June First-Year Player Draft class of 41 players.

They are pitcher Nick Petree (9th round, Missouri State), catcher Elier Rodriguez (14th round, Immaculate-LaSalle HS), pitcher Zach Loraine (21st round, Coker College), catcher Luke Voit (22nd round, Missouri State), first baseman Jake Stone (27th round, Tennessee Wesleyan), pitcher Nick Lomascolo (34th round, Catawba College) and outfielder Vaughn Bryan (35th round, St. Rita HS).

A number of additional Cardinals draftees are in the pipeline, however the organization does not make their official announcements until physical examinations are complete.

Specifically, two other drafted pitchers who have come to terms with the Cardinals according to Baseball America are 19th overall pick Marco Gonzales and 16th rounder Blake Higgins.

Click here to see the basic biographical information for all 41 Cardinals draftees. Remember that by clicking on any highlighted player name, you will be taken to his individual player profile page. There, all the prior information we have about him is available – articles, injury news, photos, videos, interviews and more - all in one place.

The Cardinals initial short-season club to take the field will be the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League. The team is currently forming in State College, Pa. in preparation for their season-opener on Monday, June 17. A few of these newly-signed players could become Spikes. Others will join Johnson City of the Appalachian League or the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Finally, to see where these players might fit in the system, check out the Cardinals organization Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.

Link to 2013 Draft Central, where our entire library of 2013 draft materials, including scouting reports, mock drafts, interviews and much more for hundreds of players awaits.

Head over to our Message Board for draft-related discussion with some of the most knowledgeable individuals about the St. Louis Cardinals and their minor league system.

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