Cardinals Sign 7 More from 2015 Draft Class

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the second batch of signings from their 2015 draft class, including two from the top 10 rounds, plus two free agents.

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced the signing of seven more draft picks on top of the 16 disclosed on Monday. The new crop includes two from the first 10 rounds, the group governed by the Cardinals’ $7,387,600 pool allocation. The additions bring the organization’s draft picks signed to 8 of 12 selected in the top 10 rounds and 23 of 42 overall.

Tuesday’s signings include left-handed pitcher Jacob Evans (sixth round) from the University of Oklahoma and catcher Jesse Jenner (seventh round) from the University of San Diego. Though bonus amounts are not announced by the team, slot values for these two rounds are $316,500 and $237,000, respectively.

The other new Cardinals are RHP Carson Cross (14th round), infielder Daniel Martin (24th round), RHP Greg Tomchick (27th round), outfielder Thomas Spitz (32nd round) and first baseman R.J. Dennard (39th round).

In addition to the three non-drafted free agents announced on Monday, the Cardinals added two more Tuesday - right-handed pitcher Harley Holt from Division II Hawaii Pacific University and third baseman Michael Polcyn from Division III Ripon College in Wisconsin.

Holt
This season, his first at HPU, Holt went 5-4 with a 2.63 ERA, but started and finished the season strongly. The Honolulu native gave up one earned run in his first three combined starts (17 2/3 innings) and did not allow an earned run in his last three starts (23 innings).

In 61 2/3 innings in his senior year, Holt allowed 28 runs (18 earned) on 45 hits while walking 20 and striking out 50. In ten starts, the 23-year-old threw four complete games, two of which were shutouts.

Holt began his collegiate career at Cal State Northridge, where he pitched for the 2011-13 campaigns before sitting out 2014. There, he posted a 4.69 ERA in 50 games, including eight starts. He fanned 56 but walked 46 in 95 2/3 innings.

Polcyn
Polcyn (pronounced pole-SEEN), 23, is the 2015 Midwest Conference North Player of the Year. The senior led his team in batting average (.380), home runs (13), runs scored (44), walks (27), total bases (106), slugging percentage (.746), and on-base percentage (.476), and finished strongly with 12 home runs in Ripon’s last 14 games.

The left-handed hitter finished his collegiate career in his hometown with a .403 batting average and 25 home runs. Though Polcyn played shortstop at Ripon, the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder seems better physically suited for third base, where the Cardinals have listed him.

All nine of the new recruits will likely be assigned to one of the Cardinals short-season affiliates in State College, Johnson City and the Gulf Coast League. Their seasons get underway over the next 10 days.

The Cardinals have yet to sign 19 of their 42 selections from the draft and have until July 17 to do so.

There’s More!

For additional information on Evans and Jenner, refer to The Cardinal Nation’s Draft Day Two In-Depth Report
For additional information on the other five newly-signed draftees, check out The Cardinal Nation’s Draft Day Three In-Depth Report

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Check the Roster Matrix

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