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The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly signed minor league first baseman Chris Jacobs.

The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly signed minor league first baseman Chris Jacobs.

The St. Louis Cardinals made a minor league free agent signing to bulk up their organizational depth at the first base position with the addition of 27-year-old Chris Jacobs.

The North Carolina native originally signed with the Dodgers after being selected in the 17th round of the 2007 Draft and remained there for eight seasons before moving to the White Sox organization for 2015.

Last season, the right-handed hitter slashed .271/.358/.386/.744 with five home runs and 37 RBI in 89 games. Jacobs primarily played at Class-A Advanced, but also made his first career Triple-A appearance of 15 games.

Jacobs’ long career has advanced at a snail’s pace, as he spent three seasons in rookie ball and two more at low-Class A. His last four seasons, from 2012 through 2015, have all been at the high-Class A level, with the exception of a total of 44 contests at Double-A and 15 at Triple-A.

Jacobs is a long-time friend of former Cardinals minor league outfielder C.J. Beatty. The two began playing Little League ball at the age of six and progressed together to high school before a 2015 reunion with their hometown Winston-Salem Dash, the White Sox’ A-Advanced club. Beatty has since retired as an active player and is joining the Cardinals as a scout/fourth coach in 2016.

Neither Jacobs’ nor Beatty’s 2016 assignments in the Cardinals system have been announced.  

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