Cardinals sign four Dominican Republic prospects

News-DemocratJuly 3, 2014 

— The St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday signed four players from the Dominican Republic.

The players are: right-handed pitchers Junior Fernandez and Sebastian Nunez, shortstop Starlin Balbuena and second baseman Esequiel Delgado.

Fernandez, a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, turned 17 in March. He will be eligible to play immediately, starting for the Cardinals' Dominican Summer League team Saturday.

Balbuena and Delgado are each 16; Nunez turned 17 in mid-May. They have inked contracts for 2015, but the deals are subject to approval by the commissioner's office.

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