Cardinals Top July 2nd Pitcher's Deal Undone

Contracts of four St. Louis Cardinals' Dominican Republic signees, including pitcher Santo Franco, have been voided due to irregularities.

The contract of the St. Louis Cardinals' top July 2nd pitching signing from last summer, right-handed pitcher Santo Franco of the Dominican Republic, has been voided. The 6-foot-7, 190-pounder was rumored to have agreed to terms in return for a bonus rumored to be $570,000.

Instead, not only did the pitcher, reportedly 17-years-old, not get his bonus, but he is precluded from signing with any organization for a year. For more details on Franco from last summer, click this link.

Along with Franco, three other Dominican players also had their contracts voided after background checks identified irregularities on identity and/or age. They are pitchers Lenny Rosario and Eddy Rivera along with third baseman Bernardo Villar.

Villar's bonus was reportedly to have been in the low six figures, but like Franco's, was unpaid because his contract was never approved. Rosario pitched briefly in the Liga Paralela last fall.

None of the four currently remain as members of the Cardinals organization.

In other Cardinals Dominican news, first baseman Marcos Martinez has been released while catcher Yorbel Alcala has been reassigned to the Dominican Summer League from Extended Spring Training. Pitcher Edouard Estalis will only be on the Dominican Summer League roster if he cannot resolve an outstanding visa issue. Otherwise, he will begin in the Gulf Coast League.

Over at "The Cardinal Nation", the organizational roster matrix has been updated to include the 2009 DSL team. Our Scout.com DSL roster will be updated shortly also, with links to each player's profile page.

The Cardinals' DSL roster follows:

PITCHERS (18) Pos. B/T HT WT Age DOB
Concepcion, Christian RHP R/R 6-4 220 19 3/27/90
Estalis, Edouard RHP R/R 6-1 175 19 12/19/88
Herrera, Keury LHP L/L 6-1 180 18 5/22/91
Jimenez, Charllan RHP R/R 6-1 183 19 11/29/89
Lopez, Stalyn LHP L/L 5-9 151 17 12/28/91
Mata, Luis  RHP R/R 6-2 218 18 4/27/91
Mercedes, Juan LHP L/L 6-5 230 20 1/6/89
Pasen, Jose RHP R/R 6-0 198 19 5/19/90
Paulino, Willy RHP R/R 6-2 150 18 6/21/90
Peña, Pedro LHP L/L 6-1 200 18 2/22/91
Pinard, Alejandro RHP R/R 6-5 241 20 9/21/88
Rudecindo, Rosalin RHP R/R 6-4 182 18 10/7/90
Rodriguez, Delvi LHP L/L 6-2 172 18 9/14/90
Santana, Michael RHP R/R 5-11 172 19 1/8/90
Segundo, Jefferson RHP R/R 6-3 175 19 9/30/89
Tapia, Angel RHP R/R 5-11 182 19 5/21/90
Ureña, Ramon RHP R/R 6-0 180 17 2/25/90
Uribe, Adriano LHP L/L 6-4 241 20 5/17/89
CATCHERS (4)
Alcala, Yorbel (VEN) C S/R 6-0 185 19 1/17/90
Ferreira, Victor C R/R 5-11 201 18 2/1/91
Montero, Jesus (VEN) C R/R 5-10 203 17 6/21/91
Perez, Luis C R/R 5-10 170 17 7/24/91
INFIELDERS (6)
Avila, Michael IF S/R 6-0 158 19 7/9/89
Cabrera, Juan  IF R/R 5-11 172 19 6/22/88
Hernandez, Grabiel SS S/R 5-11 152 17 10/16/91
Lopez, Jorge 2B R/R 5-11 178 18 10/28/90
Perez, Wader IF S/R 5-11 180 18 12/6/90
Pimentel, Luis  3B R/R 6-1 180 20 12/30/88
OUTFIELDERS (6)
Encarnacion, Victor OF R/R 6-2 163 18 3/8/90
Peña, Jose OF R/R 6-2 190 16 5/26/92
Reyes, Roberto OF L/L 6-0 185 19 10/5/89
Sandoval, Santo OF R/R 6-1 179 19 4/20/89
Taveras, Oscar OF L/L 6-2 167 17 6/19/92
Restricted List
Beras, Andres OF R/R 6-2 183 19 11/30/90





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