Even though the next big international signing period does not begin until July 2nd, the St. Louis Cardinals continue to fill out their Dominican Summer League roster for 2016.
The organization has added three older players – at least in international terms. Two of the new Cardinals are 18 year-olds and one is 19. One is a catcher with the others right-handed pitchers. All three hail from the Dominican Republic.
Winston Nicacio is the greybeard of the group, having turned 19 just after Christmas. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-hander hails from Cotui, Dominican Republic.
As is typical, Nicacio signed in July, but approvals were still required and his contract starts with the 2016 season.
The other pitcher is Angel Rondon, whose hometown is Higuey, Dominican Republic. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder celebrated his 18th birthday last December 1.
Catcher Julio Rodriguez is a stout 6-foot, 198 pounds. The right-handed hitter was born on June 11, 1997 and calls Santiago, Dominican Republic his home.
In addition to the three signings, St. Louis released left-handed pitcher Jesus Narvaez.
The 18-year-old Venezuelan was first signed on July 20, 2013. In his first action in the 2014 Dominican Summer League, Narvaez threw 15 innings, allowing 11 runs, 10 earned on 20 hits. He walked six and struck out six along with five wild pitches.
Last season, Narvaez was to repeat the DSL, but instead spent the entire summer on the disabled list.
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