Top Cardinals draft pick signs contract

Michael Wacha, the St. Louis Cardinals’ top pick in the draft,

visited Busch Stadium after he signed his contract earlier

Thursday.

The right-pitcher from Texas A&M was the No. 19 overall pick

in the draft. Wacha was taken with the pick the Cardinals earned as

compensation from the Angels for the free-agent departure of Albert

Pujols over the winter.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Wacha flew Wednesday to St. Louis. He

took his physical and passed the medical exams before he signed his

contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 20-year-old recently completed his junior season at Texas

A&M. He finished with a 9-1 record and a 2.06 ERA. He struck

out 116 in 113 1-3 innings.