Delvin Perez

The St. Louis Cardinals have come to terms with the 23rd overall selection in the 2016 Draft

The St. Louis Cardinals have come to terms with the 23rd overall selection in the 2016 Draft, a controversial Puerto Rican shortstop.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed shortstop Delvin Perez, their first overall draft pick from the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Perez, 17, is a 6-foot-2, 180 pound, high school shortstop who was selected out of the International Baseball Academy in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, with the 23rd overall pick in the opening round.

The Cardinals have now signed 23 of their 42 draft picks including eight of 12 players selected in the Top 10 rounds and four non-drafted free agents.

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

Perez’ signing was expected. The teen, who tested positive for a banned PED prior to the draft, likely only fell to the Cardinals because of his misstep.  Perez reportedly received his full slot allocation, $2,222,500, but probably lost $2 million or more on top of that because of his mistake.

More on that subject here.

According to an organization official, Perez will be assigned to the lowest classification of play in the US, the Gulf Coast League.

With this announcement, St. Louis has deals with eight of their 12 picks taken in the first 10 rounds, with a report that the ninth, second-rounder Connor Jones, will take his physical in St. Louis on Monday. The Cardinals have accrued just over $500,000 in excess cap money to potentially use on harder-to-sign draftees.

For more

As more signing and team assignment 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.

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