22nd Rounder Kingrey Signs with Cardinals

Outfielder Charlie Kingrey, the Cards' 22nd round pick from McNeese State, has agreed to terms, but isn't ready to suit up yet.

Outfielder Charlie Kingrey, the Cardinals' 22nd round pick in the 2007 draft from McNeese State, has signed with the Cardinals, according to the school.

The 6-foot-2, 210 pound Kingrey led his team in the triple crown categories for two straight seasons, posting a .360 batting average, hitting 15 home runs and driving in 47 runs in 2007.

Kingrey completed his career by becoming the Cowboys' all-time hit leader and was a two-time All-Southland Conference pick. The 22-year-old collected a total of 244 hits in his McNeese State career along with 35 home runs, 170 RBI and a .324 batting average.

The Louisiana native is recovering from a wrist injury that forced him to miss the final seven games of the Cowboys' season but is expected to be active soon, says the University.

Kingrey is the 37th player of the 52 drafted by the Cardinals earlier this month to come to terms. Top unsigned picks include first-rounder Pete Kozma, Kyle Russell (4), Tyler Henley (8) and Mike Stutes (9). The latter two are still active in the College World Series in Omaha, playing for Rice and Oregon State, respectively.

Kingrey's McNeese State teammate, third baseman Brian Cartie, was taken in the 20th round of the draft and is now playing for the Batavia Muckdogs of the short-season New York-Penn League. Though it is not known where Kingrey will be assigned, Batavia would be a good guess.

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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