St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced they have signed 2016 first round pick, 33rd overall selection, Dylan Carlson, as well as 19 additional players, to minor league contracts.
Carlson, an outfielder from Elk Grove High School in California, was the Cardinals second pick in the first round in this year’s draft. Joining Carlson as draft picks signed today were 4th rounder Jeremy Martinez, a catcher from the University of Southern California, and shortstop Tommy Edman out of Stanford University.
Six of the Cardinals 12 picks in the Top 10 rounds were signed today as well as one non-drafted free agent, right handed pitcher Levi MaVorhis out of Kansas State University.
The Cardinals have until July 15 at 4:00 p.m. CT, to sign players from the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Brian Walton’s take
On Tuesday, Jim Callis of MLB.com reported that Carlson came to terms for $1,350,000, saving the Cardinals almost $560,000 of cap money to potentially use on hard-to-sign selections. Injured eight- rounder Sam Tewes and ninth-rounder Matt Fiedler signed for $100,000 each, totaling more than $130,000 under cap. 10th-rounder Danny Hudzina came to terms for just $3,000, a savings of over $150,000. Edman's bonus has yet to be disclosed.
Update: SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that Martinez signed for an over-slot amount of $600,000, against a slot of just over $420,000.
Baylor lefty Daniel Castano (19th round) used up $30,000 more of the cap surplus, signing for $130,000. Overall, the Cards appear to have a surplus of just under $640,000 currently on a total budget of over $9 million. Callis is the source of all of the individual player signing bonuses referenced other than the one noted.
While initial team destinations have not all been announced, three of the new Cardinals have reported to State College of the New York-Penn League – infielder Hudzina and outfielders Vincent Jackson (14th) and Mick Fennell (22nd). Update: Three others are joining them on the New York-Penn League club: Martinez, Edman and 25th-rounder, RHP Spencer Trayner.
MaVorhis is bound for Johnson City, per his high school coach on Twitter.
MaVorhis turned in a strong senior season for the Wildcats as the 21-year-old led the team in strikeouts (76) and K:BB ratio at 5:1. In 14 games (all starts), the right-hander was 6-5 with a 4.20 ERA (39 ER, 83 2/3 IP), and 15 walks. The Washington state native was 5th in the Big 12 in strikeouts and 4th in innings pitched in 2016.
As more signing and roster information is learned, it will be noted on team rosters here at The Cardinal Nation as well as on the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog. The latter source also is tracking the status of all 42 draftees.
To go deeper on any of the Cardinals’ 42 draftees, check out this article.
By clicking on any highlighted player name, you will be taken to his individual player profile page. There, a wealth of past information about him is available – articles, injury news, photos, videos, interviews and more - all in one place.
|Rd||Player (overall pick)||Pos||B/T||Ht. Wt.||School|
|1||Dylan Carlson (33)||OF||S/L||6/3 195||Elk Grove (Calif.) HS|
|4||Jeremy Martinez (136)||C||R/R||5/11 200||University of Southern California|
|6||Tommy Edman (196)||SS||S/R||5/10 180||Stanford University|
|8||Sam Tewes (256)||RHP||R/R||6/5 200||Wichita State University|
|9||Matthew Fiedler (286)||OF||R/R||5/11 200||University of Minnesota|
|10||Danny Hudzina (316)||3B||R/R||5/11 185||Western Kentucky University|
|13||Shane Billings (406)||OF||R/R||5/11 190||Wingate (N.C.) College|
|14||Vincent Jackson (436)||OF||L/L||6/4 200||University of Tennessee|
|16||Tyler Lancaster (496)||C||L/R||6/3 225||Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) Coll.|
|19||Daniel Castano (586)||LHP||L/L||6/4 230||Baylor University|
|22||Mick Fennell (676)||OF||L/R||5/10 190||California University (Pa.)|
|24||Anthony Ciavarella (736)||LHP||L/L||6/0 180||Monmouth (N.J.) University|
|25||Spencer Trayner (766)||RHP||R/R||6/0 185||University of North Carolina|
|27||Mike O'Reilly (826)||RHP||R/R||6/1 195||Flagler (Fla.) College|
|32||Leland Tilley (976)||RHP||R/R||6/3 215||Bellevue (Neb.) University|
|33||Caleb Lopes (1,006)||2B||R/R||5/8 195||University of West Georgia|
|34||Jonathon Mulford (1,036)||RHP||R/R||6/2 210||Adelphi (N.Y.) University|
|37||Andy Young (1,126)||3B||R/R||6/0 195||Indiana State University|
|38||Robert Calvano (1,156)||RHP||R/R||6/2 225||University of Nebraska-Omaha|
|NON-DRAFTED FREE AGENT|
|Levi MaVorhis||RHP||R/R||6/2 205||Kansas State University|
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