More New Cardinals: Kopp, Spade and Pelt

Three more new Cardinals join the ranks - two draftees and a non-drafted free agent. They include pitchers David Kopp (2nd) and Matthew Spade (FA) and first baseman Charlie Pelt (29th).

With the setting of their short-season minor league rosters this weekend, it became obvious that the St. Louis Cardinals had signed several players previously unreported. They include non-drafted free agent Matthew Spade and draftees David Kopp (second round) and Charlie Pelt (29th).

Matthew Spade

Left-handed pitcher Matthew Spade was signed to a free agent contract. Spade played for Richland (Junior) College in Dallas. In 2007, the 20-year-old sophomore posted an 11-6 record, striking out 110 in 104 innings, while walking 32. Impressively, the 6-foot-1, 190 pounder went the distance in over half his starts, eight in 15 games, three of which were shutouts. When not pitching, Spade hit .298 as a first baseman. He has been assigned to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

David Kopp

Second round draft pick David Kopp came to terms on a contract with the Cardinals. Kopp, a 6-foot-3, 205 pound right-handed pitcher from Clemson University, was the St. Louis Cardinals' first of two second-round selections in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. The 71st overall pick had been awarded to the Cardinals as partial compensation for the Milwaukee Brewers' signing of free-agent Jeff Suppan last winter.

Kopp hails from Margate, Florida and was one of 11 Clemson Tigers taken in the draft, second most of any school. His teammate, left-handed pitcher Daniel Moskos, went to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the overall fourth pick.

Kopp went 6-3 with a 3.79 ERA during his junior season in 2007, taking a tough defeat last weekend to Mississippi State in the final game of the super-regionals. He left in the second inning, his shortest stint of the season and absorbed his first loss in almost three months.

Late last month, the 21-year-old tossed a complete game to lead Clemson over favored Florida State in the ACC Tournament. In Kopp's best game as a Tiger, he spun a complete game, the first of his career. In 9.0 innings pitched, he allowed just six hits, one unearned run, and no walks with seven strikeouts.

Kopp was assigned to the 2007 Batavia Muckdogs.

Charlie Pelt

The Cardinals 29th round pick, first baseman Charlie Pelt from Georgia State University, also came to terms. The 6-foot-0, 205 pound left-handed hitter can also work behind the plate.

Pelt finished his four-year career as the Panthers' career leader in hits. In his final year, the senior set career-highs in batting average (.369), hits (73), runs scored (40), and on-base percentage (.453).

Pelt was assigned to be the first baseman for the 2007 Johnson City Cardinals.

The Cardinals have now signed 36 of their 52 picks from the 2007 First Year Player Draft. Details follow.

Cardinals 2007 draft by position

Drafted 52     Signed 36
Outfielders 12       8
Catchers  3       2
Pitchers 23        
    Left 4 3
    Right 19   12
Infielders 14        
    Middle 5 2
    Corner 9   9

Cardinals 2007 draft by class

Drafted 52     Signed 36
High School 8       4
Jr. College 7    
    3rd year 1 1
    2nd year 4 3
    1st year 2 1
College 37        
    Senior 14 12
    Junior 20 14
    Soph. 3   1

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