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Two Non-Drafted Free-Agents Also Join Cardinals Organization

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 22, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today the signing of six more players from the 2017 First-Year Player draft, as well as two non-drafted free agents who have agreed to terms with the organization.  Five pitchers, two outfielders and a catcher are among the latest players who have signed and passed physicals with St. Louis.

Seventh round selection CF Chase Pinder joins fifth round pick Zach Kirtley as the two highest 2017 draft pick signed by St. Louis, and gives the team four of their top eight picks signed.  Other draft selections joining Pinder in today’s announcement include LHP Andrew Summerville (12th Round), OF Terry Fuller (15th Round), LHP Jake Dahlberg (21st Round), RHP Alex Fagalde (30th Round) and RHP Cory Malcom (34th Round).

The team also announced they have agreed to terms with two non-drafted, free-agents: RHP Gabriel Gentner, a senior out of Cal State University, Los Angeles, and C Robbie Coman, a fifth-year senior from the University of Virginia.

A complete list of all 2017 St. Louis draft picks and the 29 players signed by St. Louis can be found below.  The Cardinals have until July 7 at 4:00 p.m. CT, to sign players from the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

2017 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT – RECAP (BOLD = Signed)

Rd., Player (overall pick)        Pos.       B-T    Ht.      Wt.     School                                                        Hometown               
  1.  Scott Hurst (94)                    CF          L-R     5-10   175     Cal State University, Fullerton         Glendora, Calif.
  2. Kramer Robertson (124)    SS           R-R    5-10   166     Louisiana State University                                                        McGregor, Texas
  3. Zach Kirtley (154)             2B          R-R    6-1     190    St. Mary’s (Calif.) College                                                        Highland, Calif.       
  4. Zach Jackson (184)              C             L-R     6-3     215     Winter Haven (Fla.) HS                     Haines City, Fla.
  5. Chase Pinder (214)           CF          R-R    6-1     190    Clemson University                                                         Poquoson, Va.
  6. Wilberto Rivera (244)         RHP       R-R    6-3     207     Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy                                                        Naranjito, Puerto Rico
  7. Evan Kruczynski (274)    LHP       L-L     6-5     215    East Carolina University                 Franklin, Wis.
  8. Brett Seeburger (304)     LHP       L-L     6-2     225    San Diego State University                          Oceanside, Calif.
  9. Evan Mendoza (334)         3B          R-R    6-2     200    North Carolina State University   Sarasota, Fla.
  10. Andrew Summerville (364) LHP       L-L     6-3     195    Stanford University                     Seattle, Wash.
  11. Jacob Patterson (394)       LHP       R-L     6-2     190    Texas Tech University                     Garland, Texas
  12. Donivan Williams (424)      3B          R-R    6-0     190     Harold L. Richards HS                        Oak Lawn, Ill.
  13. Terriez “Terry” Fuller (454) LF           L-R     6-4     240    Griffin HS                             Griffin, Ga.
  14. Jake Walsh (484)                RHP       R-R    6-1     192    Florida Southern College                        Indialantic, Fla.
  15. Will Latcham (514)            RHP       R-R    6-2     200    Coastal Carolina University                     Briarcliffe, Pa.
  16. Shane McCarthy (544)         RHP       R-R    6-2     190     Seton Hall University                     Fair Haven, N.J.
  17. Irving Lopez (574)             2B          S-R     5-10  170    Florida International Univ.            Yuma, Ariz.
  18. Brandon Benson (604)     OF          R-R    6-1     195    Georgia College & State Univ.                          Loganville, Ga.
  19. Jake Dahlberg (634)          LHP       L-L     6-0     205    University of Illinois-Chicago               Vancouver, Wash.

 

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Rd., Player (overall pick)        Pos.       B-T    Ht.      Wt.     School                                                        Hometown               
  1. Kevin Hamann (664)         RHP       R-R    6-3     180    Lewis & Clark State (Idaho) College   Bend, Ore.
  2. Evan Guillory (694)           RHP       R-R    6-3     205    University of Louisiana-Lafayette            Jennings, La.
  3. Thomas St. Clair (724)      RHP       R-R    6-1     186    Lenoir-Rhyne University                Winston-Salem, N.C.
  4. Patrick Dayton (754)        LHP       L-L     6-0     170    Kent State University                     La Jolla, Calif.
  5. Paul Balestrieri (784)       RHP       R-R    6-0     210    Cornell University                     West Windsor, N.J.
  6. Kodi Whitley (814)            RHP       R-R    6-3     215    University of Mount Olive (N.C.)  Clayton, N.C.
  7. Cameron “C.J.” Saylor (844) RHP       R-R    5-10  185    San Diego State University             West Covina, Calif.
  8. Wood (John) Myers (874) 2B      L-R     5-8     180                                                        Coastal Carolina University                   Chapel Hill, N.C.
  9. Alex Fagalde (904)             RHP       R-R    6-3     225    University of Calif.-Riverside        El Dorado Hills, Calif.
  10. Saul Garza (934)                    C             R-R    6-3     220     Edinburg North HS                             Edinburg, Texas
  11. Cameron Knight (964)      C             R-R    6-0     205    Univ. of Arkansas-Little Rock       Moore, Okla.
  12. Taylor Bryant (994)             2B          R-R    5-11   200     Cal State University, Fullerton         La Quinta, Calif.
  13. Cory Malcom (1,024)        RHP       R-R    6-0     190    University of Arkansas-Little Rock                           Elkhart, Ind.
  14. Alex Gallegos (1,054)           RHP       R-R    6-3     175     Torrance HS                             Torrance, Calif.
  15. Michael Brdar (1,084)      SS           R-R    5-10  180    University of Michigan                       Pleasanton, Calif.
  16. Adam Kerner (1,114)           C             R-R    5-11   175     Oaks Christian HS                             Agoura Hills, Calif.
  17. Jim Voyles (1,144)                RHP       R-R    6-7     205     Florida State University                     Atlanta, Ga.
  18. Chris Hunt (1,174)             RHP       R-R    6-3     210    Henderson State (Ark.) Univ.                          Greenwood, Ark.
  19. Austin Pollock (1,204)         LHP       L-L     6-3     183     Lincoln HS                             Tallahassee, Fla.

 

2017 NON-DRAFTED FREE AGENTS

Player                                            Pos.       B-T    Ht.      Wt.     School                                                        Hometown               

Robbie Coman                            C             R-R    6-1     200    University of Virginia                      Lake Worth, Fla.

Gabriel Gentner                         RHP       R-R    6-1     220    Cal State University, Los Angeles Eastvale, Calif.

Joe Gomez                                    C             S-R     6-0     190    University of Miami (Fla.)                                                        Wellington, Fla.

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Matt Gifford Returns to St. Louis, Joe Abernathy Takes on A New Role, and Dan Reiter Takes Over As Springfield GM

ST. LOUIS, MO JUNE 20, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced a series of staffing changes and promotions in both the St. Louis and Springfield front offices earlier today.

“We are excited to announce several staff changes that will further strengthen our front office in St. Louis and Springfield,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals.  “We are fortunate to have several very talented professionals who have earned the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and new challenges as we continue to grow as an organization.”

Matt Gifford, who has served as the Vice President & General Manager of the Springfield Cardinals since 2004, will be returning to St. Louis to lead the St. Louis Cardinals Stadium Operations Department as Vice President of Stadium Operations.  Joe Abernathy, formerly in that role (since 1997), transitions into a new role as Vice President of Facility Planning & Engineering.  Dan Reiter has been promoted to Vice President & General Manager of the Springfield Cardinals, filling the role that will be vacated by Gifford.  Reiter joined the Springfield Cardinals prior to the inaugural season in 2005, and has worked his way up to his current role as Vice President of Sales & Marketing.   Dan Reiter will report to Dan Good, Vice President of Business Development.

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Also Announce Signing of Non-Drafted Free-Agent Catcher out of Univ. of Miami

  ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 20, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today the signing of seven additional players from the 2017 First-Year Player draft, a day following an announcement that they had agreed to terms on minor league contracts with 13 picks.  Five pitchers, two catchers and an infielder are among those announced today having signed.

Fifth round selection INF Zach Kirtley becomes the highest 2017 draft pick signed by St. Louis.  Other draft selections joining Kirtley in today’s signing round include LHP Jacob Patterson(13th Round), RHP Kevin Hamann (22nd Round), RHP Kodi Whitley (27th Round), RHP Cameron “CJ” Saylor (28th Round), C Cameron Knight (32nd Round) and RHP Christopher Hunt (39th Round).

The team also announced they have agreed to terms with non-drafted, free-agent catcher Joe Gomez, a senior out of the University of Miami (Fla.).

A complete list of all 2017 St. Louis draft picks and the 21 players signed can be found below.  The Cardinals have until July 7 at 4:00 p.m. CT, to sign players from the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

2017 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT – RECAP (BOLD = Signed)

Rd., Player (overall pick)        Pos.       B-T    Ht.      Wt.     School                                                        Hometown               
  1. Scott Hurst (94)                    CF          L-R     5-10   175     Cal State University, Fullerton         Glendora, Calif.
  2. Kramer Robertson (124)    SS           R-R    5-10   166     Louisiana State University                                                        McGregor, Texas
  3. Zach Kirtley (154)             2B          R-R    6-1     190    St. Mary’s (Calif.) College                                                        Highland, Calif.       
  4. Zach Jackson (184)              C             L-R     6-3     215     Winter Haven (Fla.) HS                     Haines City, Fla.
  5. Chase Pinder (214)              CF          R-R    6-1     190     Clemson University                                                         Poquoson, Va.
  6. Wilberto Rivera (244)         RHP       R-R    6-3     207     Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy                                                        Naranjito, Puerto Rico
  7. Evan Kruczynski (274)    LHP       L-L     6-5     215    East Carolina University                 Franklin, Wis.
  8. Brett Seeburger (304)     LHP       L-L     6-2     225    San Diego State University                          Oceanside, Calif.
  9. Evan Mendoza (334)         3B          R-R    6-2     200    North Carolina State University   Sarasota, Fla.
  10. Andrew Summerville (364)               LHP    L-L     6-3     195                            Stanford University                     Seattle, Wash.
  11. Jacob Patterson (394)       LHP       R-L     6-2     190    Texas Tech University                     Garland, Texas
  12. Donivan Williams (424)      3B          R-R    6-0     190     Harold L. Richards HS                        Oak Lawn, Ill.
  13. Terriez “Terry” Fuller (454)              LF       L-R     6-4     240                            Griffin HS                             Griffin, Ga.
  14. Jake Walsh (484)                RHP       R-R    6-1     192    Florida Southern College                        Indialantic, Fla.
  15. Will Latcham (514)            RHP       R-R    6-2     200    Coastal Carolina University                     Briarcliffe, Pa.
  16. Shane McCarthy (544)         RHP       R-R    6-2     190     Seton Hall University                     Fair Haven, N.J.
  17. Irving Lopez (574)             2B          S-R     5-10  170    Florida International Univ.            Yuma, Ariz.
  18. Brandon Benson (604)     OF          R-R    6-1     195    Georgia College & State Univ.                          Loganville, Ga.
  19. Jake Dahlberg (634)              LHP       L-L     6-0     205     University of Illinois-Chicago               Vancouver, Wash.
  20. Kevin Hamann (664)         RHP       R-R    6-3     180    Lewis & Clark State (Idaho) College   Bend, Ore.
  21. Evan Guillory (694)           RHP       R-R    6-3     205    University of Louisiana-Lafayette            Jennings, La.

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Rd., Player (overall pick)        Pos.       B-T    Ht.      Wt.     School                                                        Hometown               
  1. Thomas St. Clair (724)      RHP       R-R    6-1     186    Lenoir-Rhyne University                Winston-Salem, N.C.
  2. Patrick Dayton (754)        LHP       L-L     6-0     170    Kent State University                     La Jolla, Calif.
  3. Paul Balestrieri (784)       RHP       R-R    6-0     210    Cornell University                     West Windsor, N.J.
  4. Kodi Whitley (814)            RHP       R-R    6-3     215    University of Mount Olive (N.C.)  Clayton, N.C.
  5. Cameron “C.J.” Saylor (844) RHP       R-R    5-10  185    San Diego State University             West Covina, Calif.
  6. Wood (John) Myers (874) 2B      L-R     5-8     180                                                        Coastal Carolina University                   Chapel Hill, N.C.
  7. Alex Fagalde (904)                RHP       R-R    6-3     225     University of California-Riverside  El Dorado Hills, Calif.
  8. Saul Garza (934)                    C             R-R    6-3     220     Edinburg North HS                             Edinburg, Texas
  9. Cameron Knight (964)      C             R-R    6-0     205    Univ. of Arkansas-Little Rock       Moore, Okla.
  10. Taylor Bryant (994)             2B          R-R    5-11   200     Cal State University, Fullerton         La Quinta, Calif.
  11. Cory Malcom (1,024)           RHP       R-R    6-0     190     University of Arkansas-Little Rock Elkhart, Ind.
  12. Alex Gallegos (1,054)           RHP       R-R    6-3     175     Torrance HS                             Torrance, Calif.
  13. Michael Brdar (1,084)      SS           R-R    5-10  180    University of Michigan                       Pleasanton, Calif.
  14. Adam Kerner (1,114)           C             R-R    5-11   175     Oaks Christian HS                             Agoura Hills, Calif.
  15. Jim Voyles (1,144)                RHP       R-R    6-7     205     Florida State University                     Atlanta, Ga.
  16. Chris Hunt (1,174)             RHP       R-R    6-3     210    Henderson State (Ark.) Univ.                          Greenwood, Ark.
  17. Austin Pollock (1,204)         LHP       L-L     6-3     183     Lincoln HS                             Tallahassee, Fla.

 

2017 NON-DRAFTED FREE AGENTS

Player                                            Pos.       B-T    Ht.      Wt.     School                                                        Hometown               

Joe Gomez                                    C             S-R     6-0     190    University of Miami (Fla.)                                                        Wellington, Fla.

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Discounted Tickets Available for Four Games vs. Marlins on July 3-6

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 20, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals are proud to team up with Budweiser to present fans with a special holiday ticket promotion.  On sale now, fans can purchase specially priced $4 Loge, Pavilion and Terrace level seats to watch the Cardinals square off against the Miami Marlins on July 3-6.

This four-game series will feature Fireworks Night presented by Cooper Tires after the game on Monday, July 3 and a Patriotic Cardinals Socks promotional giveaway courtesy of Coca-Cola & Powerade on Tuesday, July 4.

These specially priced tickets will be available while supplies last.  Tickets are limited to eight per customer.  To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit cardinals.com/july.

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Honorary Chair Jackie Joyner-Kersee Returns To Team Up with Runners to Support Kids in the Community

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 19, 2017 – Registration is underway for the 8th annual Cardinals Care 6K Run/Walk set for Sunday, September 17.  All proceeds from this fundraising event benefits St. Louis area youth, which has raised over $600,000 over the past seven years.

“It’s a fun event that gives us the chance to interact with fans and raise money for kids,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care.  “Thanks to the support of race participants, we’ve put more than a half million dollars back into our community.”

The Cardinals Care 6K starts at 8:06 a.m. at the Stan Musial statue outside Busch Stadium’s Gate 3.  The route takes participants through downtown St. Louis with fun on-course entertainment throughout and ends on the field at Busch Stadium.  Runners will be greeted after the finish line by 6K honorary chair and Olympic Gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, given the opportunity to have a professional photo taken in the dugout and are encouraged to take part in the post-race ceremony/party in the Ford Plaza and at Ballpark Village.

All participants will receive a voucher good for two Cardinals tickets during the 2018 regular season, an exclusive race t-shirt and a commemorative medal.  Participants are also encouraged to show their support for the Cardinals by wearing Cardinals gear with an award given to the best dressed.  Spectators are invited to show their support by cheering on their loved ones and friends and enjoy the completion of the 6K from inside the stadium for free.

Fundraising is optional, but there are great incentives available for participants who make efforts to raise additional funds for Cardinals Care, including a meet and greet opportunity with a current player prior to a 2018 Cardinals game.  Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register at cardinals.com/6K.  There is a $10 registration discount until the end of June.

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ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 19, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that 13 players from the 2017 First-Year Player draft have agreed to terms on minor league contracts and passed their physical.  The newly signed players will join the Cardinals short-season clubs (State College and Johnson City) which begin play this week.

The highest pick to agree to terms is 9th round selection Evan Kruczynski, a left-handed pitcher out of East Carolina University.  LHP Brett Seeburger (10th Round) and INF Evan Mendoza (11th Round) join Kruczynski as the highest picks from this year’s draft to sign to date.

A complete list of all 13 picks that have signed and passed their physical can be found below.  The Cardinals have until July 7 at 4:00 p.m. CT, to sign players from the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

2017 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT

Rd., Player (overall pick)        Pos.       B-T    Ht.      Wt.     School                                                        Hometown               
  1. Evan Kruczynski (274)       LHP       L-L     6-5     215     East Carolina University                   Franklin, Wis.
  2. Brett Seeburger (304)         LHP       L-L     6-2     225     San Diego State University                          Oceanside, Calif.
  3. Evan Mendoza (334)            3B          R-R    6-2     200     North Carolina State University      Sarasota, Fla.
  4. Jake Walsh (484)                   RHP       R-R    6-1     192     Florida Southern College                        Indialantic, Fla.
  5. Will Latcham (514)              RHP       R-R    6-2     200     Coastal Carolina University                     Briarcliffe, Pa.
  6. Irving Lopez (574)                2B          S-R     5-10   170     Florida International University     Yuma, Ariz.
  7. Brandon Benson (604)        OF          R-R    6-1     195     Georgia College & State University                     Loganville, Ga.
  8. Evan Guillory (694)              RHP       R-R    6-3     205     University of Louisiana-Lafayette   Jennings, La.
  9. Thomas St. Clair (724)         RHP       R-R    6-1     186     Lenoir-Rhyne University                  Winston-Salem, N.C.
  10. Patrick Dayton (754)           LHP       L-L     6-0     170     Kent State University                     La Jolla, Calif.
  11. Paul Balestrieri (784)           RHP       R-R    6-0     210     Cornell University                     West Windsor, N.J.
  12. Wood (John) Myers (874)  2B          L-R     5-8     180     Coastal Carolina University              Chapel Hill, N.C.
  13. Michael Brdar (1,084)          SS           R-R    5-10   180     University of Michigan                       Pleasanton, Calif.

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CARDINALS SELECT 22 PITCHERS, 4 CATCHERS, 8 INFIELDERS & 4 OUTFIELDERS

           ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 14, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals concluded the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by selecting 38 players, 30 from the college ranks and eight from high school or prep academies.  The list included 22 pitchers (7 left-hander & 15 right-handers), four catchers, eight infielders and four outfielders.

Four of the players are still playing in the NCAA College World Series: outfielder Scott Hurst and infielder Taylor Bryant of Cal-State Fullerton, shortstop Kramer Robertson of LSU and pitcher Jim Voyles of Florida State.

The draftees came from hometowns covering 18 states and Puerto Rico.  The top producing state was California with nine players selected and Florida, Georgia and Texas were represented with three apiece.

Only one player drafted today by the Cardinals had been previously drafted, that being left-handed pitcher Andrew Summerville in the 34th round of the 2014 draft by the Seattle Mariners.

Four sets of college teammates were selected: Cal State-Fullerton had Scott Hurst (3rd round) and second baseman Taylor Bryant (33rd round); San Diego State had left-handed pitcher Brett Seeburger (10thround) and right-handed pitcher C.J. Saylor (28th round); Coastal Carolina had right-handed pitcher Will Latcham (17th round) and second baseman Wood Myers (29th round), although both transferred in and did not play for the 2016 National Championship squad; University of Arkansas-Little Rock had catcher Cameron Knight (32nd round) and right-handed pitcher Cory Malcom (34th round).

            Players with athletic ties in their family included catcher Saul Garza (31st round) whose father Santana Garza played college baseball for University of Texas-Pan American; pitcher Jim Voyles (38th round) who has a twin brother Ed on the Florida State baseball team, and his father Ben and uncle Bill both played golf at Florida State.

            Two-way players and players who switched positions include third baseman Drew Mendoza (11th round), who also pitched at North Carolina State, but was drafted as a third baseman, and C.J. Saylor (28thround), a converted catcher to relief pitcher, who nailed down 24 career saves for the Aztecs, tied for the second-most in the school’s history with current MLB pitcher Addison Reed.

Several of the team’s draftees came with exemplary athletic accolades.  Outfielder Brandon Benson (20th round) batted .395 with 22 home runs, 79 RBI and a .819 slugging percentage at Georgia College and State University, ranking among the NCAA Division II leaders in home runs (2nd), RBI (3rd) and slugging (4th).  Right-handed pitcher Jake Walsh (16th round) ranked 2nd in NCAA Division II with 12 wins while at Florida Southern College.  Jake Dahlberg (21st round), a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Illinois-Chicago, was the first pitcher to be named Horizon League Pitcher of the Year twice, accomplishing the feat in 2015 and 2017.  Thomas St. Clair (24th round), a right-handed pitcher out of Lenoir-Rhyne University, ranked 7th in NCAA Division II strikeouts with 116 including games with 17 and 16 strikeouts during the 2017 season.  Right-handed pitcher Cory Malcom (34th round) set the University of Arkansas-Little Rock single-season school record with 109 strikeouts this year.

See the following page for a complete listing of the Cardinals 2017 draft.

2017 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT – RECAP

Rd., Player (overall pick)          Pos.        B-T     Ht.      Wt.     School                                                       Hometown                     
  1. Scott Hurst (94)                       CF           L-R      5-10    175     Cal State University, Fullerton             Glendora, Calif.
  2. Kramer Robertson (124)        SS            R-R     5-10    166     Louisiana State University                    McGregor, Texas
  3. Zach Kirtley (154)                   2B           R-R     6-1      190     St. Mary’s (Calif.) College                      Highland, Calif.
  4. Zach Jackson (184)                 C              L-R      6-3      215     Winter Haven (Fla.) HS                          Haines City, Fla.
  5. Chase Pinder (214)                  CF           R-R     6-1      190     Clemson University                                Poquoson, Va.
  6. Wilberto Rivera (244)            RHP        R-R     6-3      207     Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy       Naranjito, Puerto Rico
  7. Evan Kruczynski (274)          LHP        L-L      6-5      215     East Carolina University                       Franklin, Wis.
  8. Brett Seeburger (304)             LHP        L-L      6-2      225     San Diego State University                    Oceanside, Calif.

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  1. Evan Mendoza (334)               3B           R-R     6-2      200     North Carolina State University           Sarasota, Fla.
  2. Andrew Summerville (364)   LHP        L-L      6-3      195     Stanford University                     Seattle, Wash.
  3. Jacob Patterson (394)              LHP        R-L      6-2      190     Texas Tech University                     Garland, Texas
  4. Donivan Williams (424)        3B           R-R     6-0      190     Harold L. Richards HS                            Oak Lawn, Ill.
  5. Terriez “Terry” Fuller (454)  LF           L-R      6-4      240     Griffin HS                             Griffin, Ga.
  6. Jake Walsh (484)                      RHP        R-R     6-1      192     Florida Southern College                       Indialantic, Fla.
  7. Will Latcham (514)                 RHP        R-R     6-2      200     Coastal Carolina University                  Briarcliffe, Pa.
  8. Shane McCarthy(544)              RHP        R-R     6-2      190     Seton Hall University                     Fair Haven, N.J.
  9. Irving Lopez (574)                   2B           S-R      5-10    170     Florida International University          Yuma, Ariz.
  10. Brandon Benson (604)            OF           R-R     6-1      195     Georgia College & State University      Loganville, Ga.
  11. Jake Dahlberg (634)                 LHP        L-L      6-0      205     University of Illinois-Chicago              Vancouver, Wash.
  12. Kevin Hamann (664)               RHP        R-R     6-3      180     Lewis & Clark State (Idaho) College    Bend, Ore.
  13. Evan Guillory (694)                RHP        R-R     6-3      205     University of Louisiana-Lafayette       Jennings, La.
  14. Thomas St. Clair (724)            RHP        R-R     6-1      186     Lenoir-Rhyne University                       Winston-Salem, N.C.
  15. Patrick Dayton (754)               LHP        L-L      6-0      170     Kent State University                     La Jolla, Calif.
  16. Paul Balestrieri (784)              RHP        R-R     6-0      210     Cornell University                     West Windsor, N.J.
  17. Kodi Whitley (814)                  RHP        R-R     6-3      215     University of Mount Olive (N.C.)        Clayton, N.C.
  18. Cameron “C.J.” Saylor (844)   RHP        R-R     5-10    185     San Diego State University                    West Covina, Calif.
  19. Wood Myers (874)                 2B           L-R      5-8      180     Coastal Carolina University                  Chapel Hill, N.C.
  20. Alex Fagalde (904)                   RHP        R-R     6-3      225     University of California-Riverside      El Dorado Hills, Calif.
  21. Saul Garza (934)                       C              R-R     6-3      220     Edinburg North HS                             Edinburg, Texas
  22. Cameron Knight (964)             C              R-R     6-0      205     University of Arkansas-Little Rock     Moore, Okla.
  23. Taylor Bryant (994)                2B           R-R     5-11    200     Cal State University, Fullerton             La Quinta, Calif.
  24. Cory Malcom (1,024)              RHP        R-R     6-0      190     University of Arkansas-Little Rock     Elkhart, Ind.
  25. Alex Gallegos(1,054)               RHP        R-R     6-3      175     Torrance HS                             Torrance, Calif.
  26. Michael Brdar (1,084)             SS            R-R     5-10    180     University of Michigan                       Pleasanton, Calif.
  27. Adam Kerner (1,114)               C              R-R     5-11    175     Oaks Christian HS                             Agoura Hills, Calif.
  28. Jim Voyles (1,144)                   RHP        R-R     6-7      205     Florida State University                     Atlanta, Ga.
  29. Chris Hunt (1,174)                   RHP        R-R     6-3      210     Henderson State (Ark.) University      Greenwood, Ark.
  30. Austin Pollock (1,204)            LHP        L-L      6-3      183     Lincoln HS                             Tallahassee, Fla.

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INFIELDER PAUL DeJONG OPTIONED; MARCO GONZALES TABBED AS “26TH MAN”;

JHONNY PERALTA GIVEN HIS UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE

ST. LOUIS, MO., June 13, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to today’s day-night double-header, that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Sam Tuivailala from Memphis (AAA) and named left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales as the team’s “26th man” for the twin bill.  Gonzales, who is also being promoted from Memphis, is scheduled to start tonight’s game – his first appearance in the majors since 2015.   The team also announced today that infielder Jhonny Peralta has been given his unconditional release.

The Cardinals optioned rookie infielder Paul DeJong to Memphis following Sunday’s game.

Today’s recall marks Tuivailala’s fourth stint with St. Louis this season.   He has gone a combined 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA (11.0 IP) in 10 games with the Cardinals.  Tuivailala has posted a 1-0 mark with a 1.65 ERA and five saves in his 14 games pitched for Memphis, striking out 17 in 16.1 innings of work.

Gonzales, 25, is 1-3 with a 2.97 ERA in six games started this season between triple-A Memphis (5 games) and High-A Palm Beach (1 game).  The 2013 first-round draft pick missed all of the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on April 15, 2016.   Gonzales will be making his first appearance and start for the Cardinals since his Sept. 1, 2015 outing vs. Washington.

The 6-0, 200-pound Gonzales is 4-2 with a 4.82 ERA in 11 career games (6 starts) at the Major League level.  As a rookie, he appeared in six games (all in relief) for the Cardinals during their 2014 postseason run and was credited with a pair of wins during their Division Series vs. Los Angeles.

Tuivailala wears uniform no. 64 and Gonzales wears no. 56.

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Campaign to Celebrate the White Rat & His Pack of Players with a Pack of 24 Animated Baseball Cards

Team Launches Fan Video Contest Where Winning Fan’s Video Will Be Converted into a Professionally Animated Cartoon

ST. LOUIS, MO, June 9, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals are using today’s 37th anniversary of Whitey Herzog  being named the manager of the team to launch the #CardsRatPack fan engagement campaign to honor the man that fans lovingly refer to as the White Rat.

The unique social media-based campaign, which will center on a pack of 24 illustrated baseball cards that will come to life  later this season as a weekly cartoon series on the team’s digital and social media platforms, will formally commence with a special #CardsRatPack ceremony honoring the 1982 World Series Champion and Hall of Fame Manager prior to tonight’s game.

“The #CardsRatPack campaign is designed to celebrate the White Rat and his amazing pack of players that defined one of the most extraordinary eras in Cardinals history,” said Ron Watermon, Vice-President of Communications for the St. Louis Cardinals. “We hope fans will enjoy the cartoon series and will actively engage with the team to celebrate Whitey and Whiteyball.”

While the fan engagement portion of the social media campaign commences today, the #CardsRatPack animated series will debut on Wednesday July 12th, the first of a dozen #WhiteyBall Wednesdays.  Each week, for twelve weeks, the team will release two episodes via social media on Wednesdays and Fridays.  In addition to the animated series, the team will release a limited number of corresponding illustrated #CardsRatPack baseball cards.

Each #CardsRatPack cartoon and baseball card is designed to convey an important part of the amazing story of the New Athens, Illinois native and the extraordinary pack of players he managed.  Fans will need to stay tuned to the team’s social media to learn how they can collect the #CardsRatPack cards.

The team is encouraging fans to show their affection for the White Rat all season long by sharing video memories, photographs and other messages via social media using the hashtag #CardsRatPack.

 As part of the #CardsRatPack campaign, the team is sponsoring a one-of-a-kind video contest asking fans to share their favorite Whiteyball memory for a chance to have their personal video transformed into a professionally animated cartoon that would punctuate the #CardsRatPack series.    As part of the campaign, the team is also raising money for the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation to help them further their work to teach kids the game of baseball.

While the #CardsRatPack campaign follows the Cardinals’ social media based fan engagement tributes to Stan Musial (Stand for Stan), Mike Shannon (#LikeMike), Red Schoendienst (#LoveRed2), and Lou Brock (#StLisLou), this effort will integrate creative storytelling along the lines of the team’s prior #NestFlix fan entertainment projects on social media, as well as their #CardsFanFlix video engagement, with the intent to not only engage fans, but also entertain, educate and connect multiple generations.

To produce the #CardsRatPack illustrations and cartoons, the Cardinals are working with Lion Forge Labs, a local creative services company that specializes in storytelling using comics, graphic novels, animation and gaming.

“Partnering on these videos with the St. Louis Cardinals to help honor Whitey Herzog has been a highlight for us,” said David Steward II, CEO of Lion Forge Labs. “It’s a fun, creative way to tell his story, and we are grateful to be part of the #CardsRatPack campaign team.”

Fans can learn more about the campaign and cartoon video contest at www.cardinals.com/ratpack

 

About Whitey Herzog

Baseball in St. Louis was reborn in the 1980s under Whitey Herzog. A native of New Athens, Ill., in the Metro East area of St. Louis, Herzog managed the Cardinals from 1980 to 1990. He ranks third in franchise history with 822 victories – trailing only Tony La Russa (1,408) and Red Schoendienst (1,041) – and his teams won three National League pennants and the 1982 World Series.

Hand-picked by club president August Busch Jr., Herzog took over the Redbirds on June 9, 1980. Two months later, Herzog turned over his on-field managerial duties to become general manager and have more direct involvement in player personnel. He assumed the dual role of field manager and general manager in October. At the winter meetings that December, Herzog began to transform the Cardinals with three blockbuster trades involving 21 players. He envisioned a team built on speed and defense in spacious Busch Stadium. St. Louis posted the best record in the N.L. in 1981 but finished second in the Eastern Division in both halves of the strike-interrupted season and did not make the playoffs. Herzog relinquished his general manager duties on Opening Day of the 1982 season. The Cardinals went on to win the World Series with a thrilling seven-game victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It marked the franchise’s first championship in 15 years. Two more pennants followed in 1985 and 1987. Meanwhile, fans flocked to Busch Stadium to watch the Cardinals’ entertaining style of play that became known as “Whiteyball.” In Herzog’s eight full seasons as skipper, St. Louis drew at least 2.4 million spectators annually while topping the 3-million plateau for the first two times in club annals (1987 and 1989). Herzog, who valued his sterling relationship with Busch, resigned July 5, 1990, less than a year after Busch died, and did not manage again. Before coming to St. Louis, Herzog managed the Texas Rangers (1973), California Angels (1974 on an interim basis) and Kansas City Royals (1975-79). The Royals won three straight American League Western Division titles from 1976 to 1978 but fell to the New York Yankees in the League Championship Series all three times. Herzog’s lifetime managerial record was 1,281-1,125, a .532 winning percentage. His win total ranks 37th on baseball’s all-time list through 2015. He was named the 1982 Major League Manager of the Year and 1985 N.L. Manager of the Year. The charismatic “White Rat” also spent time as a big league coach, farm system director and scout and briefly served as general manager of the Angels in 1993 and 1994.

 

Primarily an outfielder during an eight-year big-league playing career, Herzog batted .257 with 25 home runs and 172 RBI for the Washington Senators (1956-58), Kansas City Athletics (1958-60), Baltimore Orioles (1961- 62) and Detroit Tigers (1963). As a minor leaguer with the McAlester (Okla.) Rockets in 1949, Herzog was christened with the name “Whitey” by sportscaster Bill Speith for his light-colored hair. Herzog was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010 by the Veterans Committee. Two days before the enshrinement ceremonies July 25, Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. announced that Herzog’s number 24 would be retired by the organization. Herzog wore No. 3 in 1980, but infielder Ken Oberkfell gave up No. 24 after the season and Herzog took it. Herzog was voted the manager on the All-Busch Stadium II team in 2005 and was an inaugural member of the Cardinals’ Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

 

About The Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation & Cardinals Care

Cardinals Care, the Cardinals’ charitable foundation that supports children, has established a special fund in the name of Whitey Herzog to help the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation further their work with children.

 

Since it was founded in 1987, the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation has helped children by providing funds to benefit youth baseball programs in both Missouri and Illinois.   The foundation was established to improve ballfields and make them safer for amateur baseball.  These improvements have included the construction of facilities, installation of new turf, the addition of new fencing with padding, construction of dugouts, the installation of irrigation and new lighting.    The foundation has also provided funds to assist with purchasing equipment, uniforms and other expenses related to youth baseball.  Over the years, thousands of dollars have been donated to various American Legions, Little League programs, and schools to fund improvements to ballfields, as well as help local children play the game of baseball.  American Legion Baseball is close to Whitey’s heart, as he views it as the greatest vehicle for a young baseball player to go from high school to college to play the game.  In recent years, the foundation has made substantial donations to the Belleville Parks and Recreation Department to fund the construction of their American Legion field named for Whitey.   In addition, the foundation has supported projects in Jackson Missouri, Carrolton Illinois, Josephville Missouri, Columbia Illinois, St. Louis County Missouri, St Clair Missouri, Elsberry Missouri, and Waterloo Illinois.  Whitey and his foundation are passionate about working tirelessly to improve the quality of baseball facilities for youth desiring to play the game that gave so much to Whitey and his #CardsRatPack.

 

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed nearly $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 22 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods.  2017 marks the 14th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.  Fans can team up with the Cardinals to help children in our community by donating to Cardinals Care at cardinals.com/donate.  Fans can donate to the Cardinals Care Whitey Herzog fund directly at cardinals.com/ratpack

 

 

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Club Hosts Kick-Off Event With 20 Fourth Grade Students at Local Elementary School

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 7 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced the launch of their new baseball themed educational course Summer Slugger, powered by the digital learning innovator EVERFI.  Each summer, students lose critical math and literacy skills, widening the achievement gap and requiring substantial remediation at the start of each year.  Summer Slugger is an interactive, online course developed to prevent this “summer slide”.

“Each fall, teachers waste valuable time re-teaching their students old material that was lost during the summer months.  Students, particularly students from low-income communities, can’t afford this summer slide,” said EVERFI CEO Tom Davidson.  “EVERFI is proud to team up with Major League Baseball to fill in this critical learning gap through our digital, game-based course, Summer Slugger.”

Developed for 4th and 5th graders, Summer Slugger consists of 36 interactive games, each about ten minutes in length, which cover units of measure; place value; arithmetic; geometry; spelling; phonemic awareness; vocabulary and comprehension.  The interactive course unlocks activities and offers rewards for progress and consistency along the way.  Students engage with content that reinforces key foundational and procedural skills while enjoying the freedom and motivation of a baseball themed learning experience.

This morning, members of the Cardinals front office staff, along with Fredbird and Team Fredbird, visited students at Dunbar Elementary to launch the program, play games, and speak on the importance of a strong education.

“We are excited to partner with EVERFI to provide teachers, parents and community organizations a fun and interactive resource to combat summer learning loss,” said Michael Hall, Cardinals Vice President of Community Relations & Executive Director of Cardinals Care.  “The Cardinals are committed to making a difference in the lives of children, and we believe Summer Slugger gives us the perfect opportunity to do so.”

Summer Slugger is now available at no cost to school and community based organizations in the surrounding St. Louis area.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/summerslugger.

 

About EVERFI, Inc.

EVERFI is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world, through innovative and scalable digital learning.  Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and has certified over 16 million learners in critical skill areas.  Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, The Rise Fund, Advance Publications, and Rethink Education, and Rethink Impact.  The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 4,200 partners in their education initiatives across all 50 states and Canada.  Learn more at EVERFI.com.

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International Award Recognizes Real Estate Projects that Achieve the Highest Standard of Excellence in Innovative Design, Construction, Economics, Planning, and Management

ST. LOUIS, MO (June 5, 2017) – The St. Louis Cardinals and The Cordish Companies are proud to announce that Ballpark Village has been selected as a finalist for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence. Widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards programs, ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence honor outstanding development projects on an international platform in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.  The Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979 and subsequently expanded to a global program, recognizes real estate projects that achieve the highest standard of excellence in innovative design, construction, economics, planning, and management. The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven ULI Awards for Excellence, more than any other developer in the world. Ballpark Village is one of two finalists this year for The Cordish Companies.

“We are incredibly honored that Ballpark Village was selected as a finalist this year for the ULI Global Awards for Excellence,” stated Blake Cordish, Vice President of The Cordish Companies. “The ULI Global Awards for Excellence is the most prestigious award in urban development and most importantly recognizes projects that make a significant positive impact on their communities. We are proud to have delivered a world-class project with our partners, the Cardinals, that is playing such a significant role in the growth of St. Louis.”

Ballpark Village, a partnership between the St. Louis Cardinals and The Cordish Companies, represents a groundbreaking approach to urban development, the first time a professional sports venue was master planned and fully integrated into a broader mixed-use development. Ballpark Village has played a pivotal role in the revitalization of downtown St. Louis since opening in 2014, employing 1,700 and welcoming over 10 million guests in its first three years.

Based on the success of Phase I, the St. Louis Cardinals and The Cordish Companies recently announced a dynamic $220 million, 550,000 square foot second phase that includes a 29-story, high-rise luxury residential tower, the first Class-A Office Building in downtown St. Louis in nearly thirty years, and additional retail, restaurant and entertainment space.

“Ballpark Village has had a huge impact not only by enhancing the game day experience for our fans, but also acting as a vibrant year-round attraction for downtown St. Louis,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Twenty-five finalists were selected by an international jury made up of ULI members representing a multidisciplinary collection of real estate development expertise, including finance, land planning, development, public affairs, design, and other professional services. A group of winners chosen from the finalists will be announced in October at the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting in Los Angeles.

“Each of the finalists demonstrate a thoughtful, innovative approach to urban development that is adding to the sustainability and livability of the communities in which they are located,” said Global Awards Jury Chairman Wendy Rowden, president, 42nd Street Development Corp., New York City. “The attention paid to project detail, flexible design, and neighborhood context were among the factors making these entries stand out. They represent the type of development that will withstand the tests of time and change.”

For more information on Ballpark Village, please visit www.stlballparkvillage.com.

About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 40,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines, including more than 2,000 in the Asia Pacific region. For more information on ULI, please visit uli.org  or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

About The Cordish Companies

The Cordish Companies’ origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Commercial Real Estate; Coworking Spaces; Entertainment Districts; Gaming; Hotels; International Development; Private Equity; Residential; Restaurants; and Sports-Anchored Developments. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are The Cordish Companies’ prominent role in the redevelopment of Baltimore’s world famous Inner Harbor; Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; Kansas City, MO and St. Louis, MO. In addition, The Cordish Companies has developed and operates multiple highly acclaimed entertainment destinations throughout the United States which welcome over 50 million visitors per year and are the most visited destinations in their respective regions. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family’s core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit www.cordish.com or follow us on Twitter.

“The Cordish Companies,” “The Cordish Company” and “Cordish” are trademarks used under license by independent corporations, legal liability companies and partnerships (“Cordish Entities”). Each Cordish Entity is a separate, single-purpose legal entity that is solely responsible for its obligations and liabilities. No common operations or financial interdependency, and no intermingling of assets or liabilities of the Cordish Entities exists, or should be deemed to exist, as a result of the potential common reference to multiple independent entities operating under the names “Cordish,” “The Cordish Companies” or “The Cordish Company” here or elsewhere.

About the St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the most storied franchises in all of baseball.  Since joining the National League in 1892, the Cardinals have won more than 9,800 games, finished in first place 25 times winning 3 National League Eastern Division Titles, 10 National League Central Division Titles, 19 National League Pennants and 11 World Series Championships.  There are 48 former Cardinals players, managers and executives enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.  #STLCards

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VETERAN PITCHER JONATHAN BROXTON GIVEN UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE

ST. LOUIS, MO., May 31, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s game that they have recalled right-handed pitcher John Gant from Memphis (AAA) and given right-handed pitcher Jonathan Broxton his unconditional release.

Gant, 24, was acquired by the Cardinals along with two other players (RHP Chris Ellis and INF Luke Dykstra) in a trade last December from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitcher Jaime Garcia.   Gant began the 2017 on the disabled list (right groin strain) before joining the Memphis roster on May 16.

In three starts for the Triple-A Redbirds, Gant was 0-1 with a 2.19 ERA, allowing three runs in 12.1 innings pitched while striking out 11.  He made his most recent start on May 27, working 5.0 IP against the Iowa Cubs.

Gant, who made his Major League debut with the Braves last season, owns a career mark of 1-4 with a 4.86 ERA in 20 games (7 starts) with 49 strikeouts in 50.0 innings pitched.

A Florida native, Gant was drafted by the New York Mets in 2011 (21st round) before being traded to the Atlanta organization in July of 2015.  The 6-4, 193-pound right-hander wears uniform no. 53.

Broxton, 32, was 0-1 with a 6.89 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cardinals this season.  The two-time National League All-Star (2009 and 2010 with the Los Angeles Dodgers) owns a career mark of 43-38 with a 3.41 ERA and 118 saves in 694 games pitched.  He’d been a member of the Cardinals since being acquired in a July 31, 2015 trade with the Milwaukee Brewers.

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