Cards' Eighth-Rounder Henley Agrees to Terms

The St. Louis Cardinals' eight-round pick from the 2007 draft, outfielder Tyler Henley from Rice University, has reportedly come to terms on a contract.

According to the Houston Chronicle, former Rice Owls junior centerfielder Tyler Henley agreed to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Once Henley signs, the report says he will be assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs of the short-season New York-Penn League. "It's a dream come true," Henley told the Chronicle. "I've been looking forward to this day for a long time. I can't say enough good things. It's very exciting."

The paper spoke to someone familiar with the situation who says Henley will receive $190,000 as the Cardinals' eighth round pick, their tenth overall in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

In 2007 for the Owls, the now 22-year-old posted a .313/.429/.458 line (AVG/OBP/SLG) and he and his 56-14 team competed in the NCAA College World Series in Omaha for the second consecutive season.

A year ago, Henley led Conference-USA in runs (74), doubles (26), triples (7) and total bases (156) and following his sophomore season, the left-hander was selected by the Houston Astros in the 50th round of the draft. He competed in the Cape Cod League over that summer, finishing second in the wooden-bat league in slugging percentage at .552).

Henley is the 40th member of the Cardinals 2007 draft class of 52 players to sign. They break down as follows:

By position

Drafted 52     Signed 40  
Outfielders 12       10  
Catchers  3       2  
Pitchers 23       16  
    Left 4 3
    Right 19   13
Infielders 14       12  
    Middle 5 3
    Corner 9     9

By class

Drafted 52     Signed 40  
High School 8       5  
Jr. College 7   5  
    3rd year 1   1
    2nd year 4   3
    1st year 2   1
College 37       30  
    Senior 14 13
    Junior 20 16
    Soph. 3     1

The deadline for the last 12 to come to terms is August 15. Unsigned players are listed here:

Rd Name Pos School
4 Kyle Russell OF Univ of Texas
9 Michael Stutes RHP Oregon State Univ
12 Brett Zawacki RHP La Salle
19 Nicholas Peoples 2B Univ of Texas
24 Samuel Freeman LHP N Central Texas College
37 Craig Ziegler 1B Univ of Arizona
40 Justin Dalles C  St Petersburg JC
44 Daniel Thomas RHP Univ of South Florida
45 Jameson Maj RHP Abilene Christian Univ
48 Jason King OF Dublin Jerome HS (OH)
49 Ronald Russell RHP Harmony Grove HS (AR)
50 Stephen McCray RHP Young Harris College




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