Cards Sign Three More Players Before Draft

The Cardinals have signed three more players prior to this week's draft, outfielders D'Marcus Ingram and Justin Roberson, and pitcher Nick Additon.

The Cardinals agreed to terms with two more "draft-and-follow" players and a fifth-year senior this past week: 25th round pick D'Marcus Ingram and 47th round pick Nick Additon, and Justin Roberson.

Ingram, a centerfielder who the Cardinals drafted out of North Little Rock (Ark.) High School last season, was described by Baseball America as an "outstanding athlete with speed and plenty of center-field range". In 42 games for Pensacola Junior College this spring, Ingram hit .349 with 29 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 27 attempts.

According to BA "his throwback approach, with no batting gloves or set stance, endears him to scouts who recognize his raw ability and appreciate his no-frills attitude". Before enrolling at Pensacola, he was a standout running back in high school.

Additon, a pitcher, enrolled at Indian River (Fla.) Community College after being drafted by the Cardinals out of Western High School in Davie, Florida. This spring, he went 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA in 12 games. In addition to leading the team with 36 strikeouts, Additon allowed 52 hits and walked 19 in 53 innings.

On Wednesday, The Cardinals signed fifth-year senior Justin Roberson, along with LaCurtis Mayes, at the MLB Urban Youth academy in Compton.

Roberson, also a centerfielder, signed with the Cardinals after two-year stints with Feather River and (most recently) Cal State San Bernardino community colleges. With San Bernardino in 2007, he hit .353 in 51 games with a team-high 72 hits, 46 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 30 RBI with a .433 on-base percentage in the leadoff position. He stole 28 bases in 34 attempts and recorded 119 putouts.

Jeff Ishii, the Cardinals' scout that signed Roberson, described the 22-year-old to MLB.com: "He's a plus-runner, he has a solid arm from center field, good instincts in the outfield and he's got good running speed to play center field. His bat's going to have to carry him over the next couple of years to get to that next level."

Jason Scott can be reached via email at jasonscott@thecardinalnation.com.

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