The St. Louis Cardinals today announced the signings of 13 international free agents from the first day of Major League Baseball’s international signing period for 2016-17.
Headlining the first day signings, announced by Cardinals Director of International Operations Moises Rodriguez, were outfielder Victor Garcia (Barcelona, Venezuela) and right-handed pitcher Johan Oviedo (La Habana, Cuba).
The 16-year-old Garcia is considered to be among the top-ranked bats in the July 2 class. "Garcia has a high offensive ceiling with run-producing potential at a corner outfield position," said Rodriguez. "He possesses a strong combination of hitting ability and future power." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Garcia is a native of Barcelona, Venezuela and he bats right-handed.
The 18-year-old Oviedo is a physically imposing pitcher who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 220. "Oviedo has a plus fastball and a three-pitch mix," stated Rodriguez. "He projects as a top of the rotation starter who has an excellent chance to flourish within our system."
The 13 players (nine position players & four pitchers) who have signed are representatives of four countries (Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Cuba). The complete list of day one signings follows. Oviedo, catcher Carlos Soto, right-handed pitcher Enmanuel Solano and outfielder Diomedes Del Rio will be activated to play for the Cardinals’ 2016 DSL team; all others will be signed for the 2017 minor league season.