St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today (Monday) that 13 players from the 2017 First-Year Player Draft have agreed to terms on minor league contracts and passed their physical. The newly signed players will join the Cardinals short-season clubs (State College and Johnson City) which begin play this week.
The highest pick to agree to terms is 9th round selection Evan Kruczynski, a left-handed pitcher out of East Carolina University. LHP Brett Seeburger (10th Round) and INF Evan Mendoza (11th Round) join Kruczynski as the highest picks from this year’s draft to sign to date.
A complete list of all 13 picks that have signed and passed their physical can be found below. The Cardinals have until July 7 at 4:00 p.m. CT, to sign players from the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
2017 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT
Rd., Player (overall pick) Pos. B-T Ht. Wt. School Hometown
9. Evan Kruczynski (274) LHP L-L 6-5 215 East Carolina University Franklin, Wis.
10. Brett Seeburger (304) LHP L-L 6-2 225 San Diego State University Oceanside, Calif.
11. Evan Mendoza (334) 3B R-R 6-2 200 North Carolina State University Sarasota, Fla.
16. Jake Walsh (484) RHP R-R 6-1 192 Florida Southern College Indialantic, Fla.
17. Will Latcham (514) RHP R-R 6-2 200 Coastal Carolina University Briarcliffe, Pa.
19. Irving Lopez (574) 2B S-R 5-10 170 Florida International University Yuma, Ariz.
20. Brandon Benson (604) OF R-R 6-1 195 Georgia College & State University Loganville, Ga.
23. Evan Guillory (694) RHP R-R 6-3 205 University of Louisiana-Lafayette Jennings, La.
24. Thomas St. Clair (724) RHP R-R 6-1 186 Lenoir-Rhyne University Winston-Salem, N.C.
25. Patrick Dayton (754) LHP L-L 6-0 170 Kent State University La Jolla, Calif.
26. Paul Balestrieri (784) RHP R-R 6-0 210 Cornell University West Windsor, N.J.
29. Wood Myers (874) 2B L-R 5-8 180 Coastal Carolina University Chapel Hill, N.C.
36. Michael Brdar (1,084) SS R-R 5-10 180 University of Michigan Pleasanton, Calif.
Brian Walton’s take
Note that all 13 are collegians, hence their assignment to either State College or Johnson City, rather than the organization's entry US rung in the Gulf Coast League. Further, among the collegians drafted, this is a fairly experienced group. Of the top three picks, both lefties are college seniors (Kruczynski and Seeberger) with Mendoza having been a junior. Overall, seven of these first 13 to be signed are seniors.
Of the 13, four are on the State College opening day roster – pitchers Latcham (17) and Balestrieri (26), infielder Mendoza (11) and outfielder Benson (20). We will see if a few others will join the Spikes in the next few days or if all nine of the remainder are part of the initial Johnson City roster.
State College opens play Monday night with 33 active players on its 35-man maximum roster, followed by Johnson City on Thursday.
25 players from the 38 drafted by the Cardinals remain unsigned with more announcements certainly ahead this week. Four are currently playing in the College World Series in Omaha - OF Scott Hurst (3) and 2B Taylor Bryant (34) of Cal-Fullerton, LSU SS Kramer Robertson (4) and RHP Jim Voyles (38) of Florida State.
(In a housekeeping note, I have parked all draftees temporarily on the GCL Cardinals roster until they are officially signed and assigned to a team. Their draft round is noted in their uniform number field.)
TCN members can check out my analysis of the Spikes’ roster as well as implications to the other short-season clubs here: 2017 State College Spikes Tentative Roster
TCN State College reporter David Eckert filed his report from Spikes media day on Saturday (free): State College Spikes Ready to Defend Title
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