Cardinals sign two more draft picks

News-DemocratJune 20, 2013 

The St. Louis Cardinals signed two more players Thursday from their 2013 draft class, bringing their total number of draftees signed to 34.

Signing Thursday were 10th-round pick Malik Collymore (pronounced mah-LEEK), an infielder from Mississauga, Ontario, who played at Port Credit Secondary School in Canada, and 16th-round pick, Blake Higgins, a right-hander from Jackson Community College in Michigan.

"Malik is a high-ceiling premium athlete," Cardinals Scouting Director Dan Kantrovitz said. "He played shortstop for the Canadian National team this spring and flashes major-league tools across the board. On the bases, he can fly. He's got a good arm and will hit for power.

"Malik will need some time to grow both offensively and defensively, but with an outstanding work-ethic, we think he will thrive in our system. Charles Peterson, our Upper Midwest scout who joined us in January, was very instrumental in both our thorough evaluation of Malik as well as in establishing a strong relationship with the family."

Higgins projects as a power pitcher at the big-league level, although he still is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

"We are really excited to have landed a high-caliber power arm," Kantrovitz said. "Our scout, Brian Hopkins, did an excellent job of seeing Blake multiple times before he went down with an injury early in the spring. Brian saw his fastball up to 96 (mph) with a real quality curveball.

"Blake underwent successful Tommy John surgery before the draft and will begin pitching for us in 2014. We are looking forward to getting him healthy and back out on the mound."

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