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The St. Louis Cardinals have signed 19 draftees from this June, including one of their three first-rounders

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed 19 draftees from this June, including one of their three first-rounders, plus a non-drafted free agent pitcher.

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.

For more

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.

Signee details

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 
  Levi MaVorhis RHP R/R 6/2 205 Kansas State University

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