The St. Louis Cardinals were initially allocated $2,060,600 to spend on international signings for the period that began on July 2, 2013 and runs through this June 15. That total was increased by $206,400 in additional slot money received from Colorado in return for the services of Mitchell Boggs. While the club does not disclose financial specifics, an organization official said the Cardinals "spent right on target."
While a number of the highest profile players were signed earlier, and reported in two waves, the Cardinals have essentially finished their year by the addition of eight players. While the organization came to terms with them several months ago, a number were pending the necessary investigations and physicals, now completed.
The newest Cardinals include five pitchers - including two left-handers - two catchers and a shortstop. Three call the Dominican Republic home, two are from Venezuela and one each hail from Colombia and Mexico. They range in age from 16 to 18.
All are ready to take the field for the opening of the 2014 Dominican Summer League campaign on May 30.
|Miguel Caigua||VZ||RHP||5-11||165||18||6 1 95|
|Angel Estevez||DR||RHP||6-2||175||16||6 3 97|
|Junior Gonzalez||DR||RHP||6-2||171||17||11 7 96|
|Jesus Narvaez||VZ||LHP||6-2||180||17||5 3 97|
|Enrique Perez||CO||LHP||6-1||219||16||8 10 97|
|Dylan Melendez||VZ||R/R||6-2||180||18||6 11 95|
|Irving Wilson||MX||R/R||5-9||170||17||8 13 96|
|Wayde Ynfante||DR||R/R||6-0||160||16||8 15 97|
In a reminder of the Cardinals' continued efforts to find prospects all over the world, Irving Wilson is notable as the organization's first Mexican amateur free agent signee in recent memory. The 17-year-old catcher showcased for his professional contract by playing with the Tigers of Quintana Roo of the Academy of the Mexican League of Baseball.
Note: Among other Mexican Cardinals, Jaime Garcia was living in the US when drafted and Fernando Salas' contract was purchased from a Mexican League team.
The Cardinals' international signing target will be smaller in 2014. With the best record in Major League Baseball last season, the club has been assigned the lowest cap amount this coming year, $1,866,300. That compares to the Houston Astros, which will be allowed a bonus pool of just over $5,000,000.
Other DSL Cardinals news
Ruben Encarnacion, a second baseman in the past, has been moved to centerfield for 2014.
With additions, there are also subtractions. Third baseman Jorge Baez along with right-handed pitchers Luis De La Rosa and Virgilio Encarnacion have been released. Baez, 20, batted .233 in 2013, his only season as a Cardinal. The Cards career of De La Rosa, 21, consisted of just eight games in 2012. He was injured last season. At 21 years of age when signed last March, Encarnacion was the rare DSL player added after having been dropped by another organization (Arizona). He logged a 2.01 ERA out of the DSL Cards' pen last summer.
With all the puts and takes, even with Arias and Ripoll not included, the DSL Cardinals are currently at 41 players. Needing to get down to 35 by Opening Day means more releases are ahead. Stay tuned to The Cardinal Nation as we will report them first.
The 2014 Dominican Summer League Cardinals roster here at The Cardinal Nation is up to date. Those players from the 2013 DSL roster currently competing in extended spring training camp in Jupiter, Fla. are indicated as "EST" until they are assigned to a new US short-season club for 2014 in mid-June.
As always, to see the Cardinals' entire system by level and position, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.
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