The name of Miami Dade College second baseman Darren Seferina was announced by the St. Louis Cardinals as their fifth-round selection, the 165th player overall, in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
The first position player selected by the Cardinals in this draft class, Seferina signed relatively quickly, but could not immediately suit up to play at his initial assignment, the New York-Penn League’s State College Spikes.
Because he played college ball in the US, the native of Curacao had to go through the draft, but that did not automatically grant him permission to play professionally until a work visa was secured.
Once that was out of the way, the left-handed hitter was ready to go, With Spikes infielders Andrew Sohn and Leobaldo Pina injured early on, playing time was more readily available. Paired with shortstop Robelys Reyes, the middle infield combo and roommates were both named NYPL all-stars.
Heading into the break, the 20-year-old had missed a few days due to a thumb injury, but was not placed on the disabled list. Seferina entered the NYPL All-Star Game as a pinch runner and stole a base which led to a throwing error. His potential winning run was left stranded at third base, however.
Overall pre-break, Seferina hit .307 with seven doubles, seven RBI and 23 runs scored over 41 games. He has also swiped 13 bases in 16 attempts.
In the following interview, exclusive to The Cardinal Nation, Seferina discusses his decision to come to the USA, some of his well-known peers and associates as well as his Spikes roommate.
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