Cardinals Sign Ten "July 2nd" Players

St. Louis Cardinals Vice President Jeff Luhnow announces the signing of ten 16-year-old international players this month. We have exclusive detailed scouting reports on all ten.

In the companion article to this one, "Cardinals July 2nd Signing Plans Pay Off", St. Louis Cardinals Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development Jeff Luhnow described how his network of scouts and cross checkers worked to prepare for this year's July 2 international signing period.

This article allows our subscribers a first glimpse into the backgrounds of each of the ten newest Cardinals. All have signed contracts for 2008. Four are from the Dominican Republic and six hail from Venezuela. Five are pitchers (four right-handers), and five are position players.

St. Louis Cardinals 2007 July 2nd Signees (as of July 21)

Dominican Venezuelan
Catcher Kevin Moscatel
Middle infield Jorge Lopez Carlos Yeguez
Centerfield Andres Beras Kaizay Inojosa
LH pitcher Ruben Alvarado
RH pitcher Ramon Urena Javier Avendano
Jaime Sanchez Deimer Bier

Name Pos B T Ht Wt.


Kevin Moscatel C R R 6' 0" 170


Caracas, VZ
Profiles as a catcher with good offensive skills, strong body w/ good 
physical projection, average arm, should be plus arm in the future.  
Leader on and off the field. One of the top prospects in Venezuela this year.
Jorge Lopez SS R R 5' 11" 165


San Pedro de Macoris, DR
Profiles as a middle infielder, solid hands, athletic, line drive hitter.
Carlos Yeguez SS R R 5' 11" 165


Los Teques, VZ
Profiles as a shortstop, smooth hands w/ defensive instincts and good range, 
also has a solid arm.
Andres Beras CF R R 6' 2" 175


San Pedro de Macoris, DR
Profiles as a cf.  Potential five-tool player, strong arm, solid range in centerfield.  
Runs a 6.7 60 yard dash.  Long and lanky, above average physical projection.  
Solid hitter, makes good contact, average power projection.
Kaizay Inojosa CF R R 5' 11" 160


Barlovento, VZ
Profiles as a centerfielder, speedy on the bases, good range, reads contact off
the bat well, solid arm, will get stronger in the future, projects as a leadoff hitter.
Ruben Alvarado LHP L L 6' 1" 160


Barquisimeto, VZ
Left-handed pitcher with solid, projectable arm, good secondary pitches, 
change w/ movement.
Ramon Urena RHP R R 6' 0" 170


Cotui, DR
Profiles as a starter, FB 87-92, mostly 89.  CB 11-5 with good downward break.
Some phsyical projection, good mound presence and pitchability.
Jaime Sanchez RHP R R 6' 5" 190


San Pedro de Macoris, DR
Profiles as a starter, FB 86-87, solid curveball, good physical projection, 
good arm action, long arms.
Javier Avendano RHP R R 6' 3" 180


Maracaibo, VZ
Profiles as a starter, confident on the mound, good physical projection, 
solid command of pitches, FB mostly 85-86, up to 88 MPH.
Deimer Bier RHP R R 6' 2" 180


Charallave, VZ
Profiles as a long reliever, physical projection, long arms and legs, solid arm 
action, aggressive on the mound, good breaking pitches.

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