Cardinals sign 2nd-round draft pick

The St. Louis Cardinals signed second-round pick Carson Kelly, a

high school third baseman from Beaverton, Ore., who had been

seriously considering a scholarship at the University of


A team official said Friday that the 17-year-old Kelly received

a signing bonus well above the amount slotted for that spot in the

draft. Kelly dropped to the second round due to signability


Kelly suited up and showed no sense of awe in an impressive

round of batting practice, with manager Mike Matheny and batting

coach Mark McGwire watching from behind the cage.

Kelly will join the Cardinals’ rookie league affiliate in

Johnson City, Tenn., which opens on Tuesday.