St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals sign six more from draft class

Chase Pinder was the seventh-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals. The team has signed seven of its top 11 picks so far.
Chase Pinder was the seventh-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals. The team has signed seven of its top 11 picks so far. Clemson Athletics

Six more players from the St. Louis Cardinals’ draft class came to terms Thursday, including center fielder Chase Pinder, of Clemson, who was taken in the seventh round.

St. Louis has signed seven of its top 11 picks, with second baseman Zach Kirtley, of Saint Mary’s College in California, being the highest (fifth round). Kirtley batted .292 with 16 doubles, five home runs, 42 RBIs and a .433 on-base percentage in 57 games for the Gaels.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Pinder, a right-handed hitter, batted .305 with 16 doubles, seven home runs, 32 RBIs and 59 runs scored in 61 games as a junior with the Tigers. He had a .419 on-base percentage and stole 13 bases in 16 attempts.

Pinder received a signing bonus of $300,000, well above the $190,700 slot value of the pick. He is the brother of Chad Pinder, who plays for the Oakland A’s.

According to Baseball America, Pinder was the ninth-best prospect in South Carolina and was ranked 279th overall.

The Cardinals, who did not have a first- or second-round selection, still have not reached agreements with their top picks: center fielder Scott Hurst, of Cal State Fullerton (third round), and shortstop Kramer Robertston, of Louisiana State (fourth). Sixth-round pick Zach Jackson, a catcher from Winter Haven High in Florida, also has not signed.

In addition to Pinder, other players who signed Thursday were left-hander Andrew Summerville, of Stanford (12th round); Terry Fuller, of Griffin High in Georgia (15th); left-hander Jake Dahlberg, of Illinois-Chicago (21st); right-hander Alex Fagalde, of California-Riverside (30th); and right-hander Cory Malcom, of Arkansas-Little Rock (34th).

Fuller is a 6-4, 240-pound power-hitting prospect ranked No. 142 by Baseball America and the seventh-best player in Georgia. The left-handed hitter, a left fielder, batted .625 with 13 home runs and 40 RBIs in 30 games. He had a .800 on-base percentage.

Many believed Fuller would be taken in the first five rounds, but teams may have backed off because of concerns about his signability.

The Cardinals also announced they agreed to terms with two undrafted free-agents: right-hander Gabriel Gentner, of Cal State University, and catcher Robbie Coman, of Virginia.

Overall, the team has signed 29 players.

Teams have until 4 p.m. July 7 to sign their draft picks. Otherwise, players will go back into the draft pool for 2018.

David Wilhelm: @DavidMWilhelm

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