A pair of recent draft picks by the St. Louis Cardinals will begin their professional careers this Friday as infielder Darren Seferina and outfielder Nick Thompson have signed contracts and will report to State College in the New York-Penn League.
“Darren is a burner on the base paths and possesses tremendous barrel accuracy with his bat,” said Cardinals Director of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz in a team press release. “We are looking forward to him being a catalyst in the State College lineup and getting his career going soon.”
Thompson led NCAA Division I in runs scored (69), batting a team-leading .368 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI, adding to 42 walks contributing to a .479 on base percentage while at the College of William & Mary
“Nick had one of the most impressive offensive seasons of any college player this year,” said Kantrovitz. “He controls the strike zone very well and has game power to all fields.”
The Cardinals also announced the signing of six other draft picks–left-handed pitcher Jordan DeLorenzo (12th round), right-handed pitcher Matt Pearce (13th round), second baseman Casey Turgeon (24th round), right-handed pitcher Landon Beck (25th round), right-handed pitcher Tyler Dunnington (28th round), and left-handed pitcher Sasha Kuebel (38th round).
DeLorenzo, Pearce, Turgeon and Beck will each report to Johnson City, TN–the Cardinals rookie league affiliate in the Appalachian League. Dunnington and Kuebel will report to Jupiter, Florida for the team’s rookie league team in the Gulf Coast League.