Both players have been assigned by the organization to their lowest rung in the US-based minor league system, the short-season Gulf Coast League Cardinals, a team which began play today, Thursday, June 19.
Swinson (right), 18, led his Coffee County High School Reds club to the Georgia Region 1-AAAAA playoffs the last two years, earning first team All-Region recognition in 2007 and the Offensive Player of the Year Award this spring. In 2007, he delivered a .476 BA, six home runs, 25 RBIs, 14 stolen bases and 35 runs scored.
Siegrist, also 18 years of age, allowed just seven earned runs in 34.2 innings over 14 games for PBCC this season for a 1.82 ERA. The lefty fanned 41 and walked 17 while posting a 3-1 record.
Swinson and Siegrist make 39 of the Cardinals' 51 selections signed. The most notable exception is first-round pick Brett Wallace, a third baseman from Arizona State University. Other selections unsigned are the club's 9th, 13th, 18th, 30th, 31st, 35th, 37th, 45th, 46th, 47th and 50th and final pick.
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