Cardinals Announce Signing of 13 Picks from the 2017 First-Year Player Draft

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.


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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