Cardinals Sign the Miners' Tim Dorn

Southern Illinois Miners first baseman Tim Dorn has become the first player in the teams' history to sign with an affiliated Major League team, signing a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend.

Dorn, who leads the Frontier League and the Miners tops in home runs with 12, leaves today for Davenport, Iowa, and the Cardinals' Class A affiliate in the Midwest League. The 24-year-old the 6-foot-8 first baseman is coming off a five game hitting streak and a season batting average of .349 and 35 RBI for the Miners in 32 games.

In his third year of professional baseball, Dorn was drafted in the 14th round of draft as a pitcher by the Seattle Mariners. In 2006, hit .327 with 24 doubles and 10 home runs in 82 games for the Pensacola Pelicans of the American Association.

Dorn led the American Association first basemen in games played (82), putouts (716), total chances (777) and on a less than positive note, errors with 16.

Dorn beccomes the second Frontier League player to sign with the Cardinals this season, after Slippery Rock reliever Pete Parise.

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