Cards’ top draft pick Nick Plummer inks deal, takes BP at Busch

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals’ first pick in the 2015 draft took batting practice at Busch Stadium and met several major leaguers prior to Monday night’s game against Minnesota.

Hitting coach John Mabry and third baseman Matt Carpenter were among those to congratulate Nick Plummer, who spent some time in the outfield before taking a few swings on the field. Although only Plummer got the honor of having his last name on the back of a red Cardinals jersey, fellow draft picks Jake Woodford and Jordan Hicks also made the trip to Busch for brief bullpen sessions in front of Cardinals coaches.

The two right-handed pitchers enjoyed taking advantage of the unique opportunity before they head to Jupiter, Florida, to play in the Gulf Coast League. Woodford, the 39th overall pick in the competitive balance portion of the first round, says he seriously considered going to the University of Florida before deciding to sign.

"There was definitely a little difficulty there," Woodford said. "But once you see the stadium and you talk to the guys and you realize how great of an organization it is, it wasn’t that hard after that."

Plummer didn’t take long at all to sign a deal with a bonus reportedly worth $2.124 million, according to Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch. Hicks turned down an offer from Tulane and says he skipped a family cruise for the chance to visit Busch and meet the team on Monday.

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Scouting director Chris Correa says so far all of the signings have been fairly easy, and his team has some flexibility moving forward. A few of the Cardinals’ draft picks have already announced their intentions to play college baseball next season, including 10th-round pick Kep Brown, 23rd-round pick Gio Brusa, 30th-round pick Matt Vierling from St. Louis and 34th-round pick Parker Kelly.

The deadline to sign draft picks is July 17. Here’s the full list of picks who have already signed, plus three non-drafted free agents:

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