Draft pick McElroy expects to sign soon

Draft pick McElroy expects to sign soon

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals draftee C.J. McElroy made it clear Thursday that he fully intends to sign with the club, and that he expects a deal to be done relatively soon.

McElroy, an outfielder from the Houston area, was the Cards' third-round pick in last month's First-Year Player Draft. He's a two-sport star who has committed to play football at the University of Houston, but he's also the son of big leaguer Chuck McElroy. He visited Busch Stadium on Thursday, taking some cuts on the field and meeting players in the clubhouse, and said that his heart is in baseball.

"It's going to get done," he said. "Pretty soon. A couple weeks, it will get done."

McElroy said he expects to have something finalized in time to get out and play Minor League ball this year. Minor League seasons conclude at the end of August.