Cardinals Sign Virgin Islands OF, DR Pitcher

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed more two teenagers for their Dominican Republic academy.

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to search high and low to source players for their international program with the announcement of the signings of pitcher Edwar Ramirez and outfielder Sanel Rosendo to minor league contracts.

Ramirez, who turns 17 next month, is a right-handed pitcher from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is not to be confused with the 33-year-old Dominican of the same name who pitched in the majors for the Yankees and A’s from 2007-2010.

Rosendo, 17, hails from Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The right-handed batter and thrower stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 205 pounds.

Rosendo is known in baseball circles, having been active as a two-way player in youth programs in the Virgin Islands and internationally since at least 2009. He also competed briefly in MLB’s Amateur Prospect League in the Dominican Republic in 2013.

As far as I know, Rosendo is the first Cardinals organization player to hail from the U.S. territory. Further, if he beats the odds and reaches St. Louis someday, he would be the first from the Virgin Islands to suit up for the big-league club.

In fact, the U.S. Virgin Islands has produced only 11 Major Leaguers ever, according to Baseball-Reference.com. None played for St. Louis. The most famous were long-time Yankees second baseman Horace Clarke and Orioles catcher Elrod Hendricks.

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