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The St. Louis Cardinals announced signing of six draftees on Saturday, including the 34th overall selection in the June draft

The St. Louis Cardinals announced signing of six draftees on Saturday, including the 34th overall selection in the June draft, Dakota Hudson.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson, their third first round draft pick (34th overall) from the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.


Hudson, 21, is a 6-foot-5, 215-pound, college junior, who was 9-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 17 starts for Mississippi State University.  He was the Friday night starter for the No. 6 National-Seeded Bulldogs, who advanced to the Super Regional.


Hudson’s teammate at Mississippi State, right-handed pitcher Austin Sexton (18th round) was also signed today, along with St. Louis native, RHP Robbie Gordon (36th round) and seventh-round pick, catcher Andrew Knizner (KIZZ-ner).


The Cardinals have now signed 27 of their 42 draft picks including 10 of 12 players selected in the Top 10 rounds and four non-drafted free agents.  Two pitchers, RHP Connor Jones Jones from Virginia and RHP Zac Gallen from North Carolina, remain as the only players from the Cardinals Top 10 rounds yet to sign.


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

The Cardinals continue to make great progress in signing their picks. As noted above, just two of the 12 from the top 10 rounds remain with rumors that Jones could sign at the start of the week as well.

Hudson’s signing bonus of $2,000,000 against his slot value of $1,878,000 means an over budget amount of $122,000, per Jim Callis of MiLB.com. Knizner signed for his exact slot of $185,300, also per Callis. Also, the initial team assignments for the four newest signees have not been disclosed.

The Cardinals have accrued slightly over $380,000 in excess cap money to potentially use on harder-to-sign draftees and can spend up to $450,000 in additional above-slot bonuses before incurring draft pick penalties.


Two more draftee signings were announced later Saturday. Both are pitchers joining the short-season Class-A State College Spikes. Left-hander John Kilichowski was selected in the 11th round from Vanderbilt University and right-hander Eric Carter was St. Louis’ 26th-round draft choice from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
With these latest two moves, the Cardinals have signed 29 of their 42 2016 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 St. Louis’ 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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