Cards Signees, Injuries, Awards and Goodbyes

Monday was busy across the Cardinals system with new signees, injuries, awards and a retirement. All the news follows.

Denton Done

The Cardinals and second-round draft pick Bryce Denton have officially announced that the third baseman, taken 66th overall, has passed his physical and is officially a Cardinal. In doing so, the third baseman will not be honoring his commitment to attend Vanderbilt on a baseball scholarship.

Denton has not yet been assigned to a team roster.

Bader Bought

Harrison Bader, the Cardinals third-round draft choice, has signed. The 21-year-old has signed for a reported $400,000 and will make his professional debut with short-season Class-A State College.

The former University of Florida outfielder was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team after hitting. 348 with two home runs and five RBI over four games in Omaha.

Bosco Hangs Up Cleats

Outfielder Jimmy Bosco of the Palm Beach Cardinals has decided to retire. The 24-year-old was originally drafted in the 13th round in 2013. In 163 at-bats this season over 47 games, the left-handed batter had a line of .239/.272/.301/.572.

Palm Beach has not yet announced a roster replacement.

Llorens Injured

Right handed relief pitcher Dixon Llorens suffered a hip injury and has been placed on the seven day disabled list of Class A Peoria. The transaction is retroactive to June 28.

The 22-year-old appeared in just five games after spending the first two months of the season on Palm Beach’s disabled list. Llorens gave up five runs, four earned, in just 3 2/3 innings for a 9.82 ERA. He struck out three and walked three.

The parent Cardinals did not immediately assign a replacement to the roster of the Midwest League club. The Chiefs roster is temporarily at 24 players.

Wirsu Wins

Johnson City swept the top awards in the Appalachian League for the period of June 22-28.

Right handed pitcher Josh Wirsu is the league’s Pitcher of the Week. The Cardinals’ 30th rounder from June 2014 tossed five scoreless innings on one hit and no walks while striking out three Burlington hitters last Friday.

DeJong Dominates

Third baseman Paul DeJong is the Appy League’s Player of the Week. The Cardinals’ fourth-round draft pick went 10-for-20 (.500) to open his career, including a double in each of his first four games. The former Illinois State star homered, drove in five, scored six and even drew three walks.

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