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Cardinals sign five from 2013 First Year Player Draft

The St. Louis Cardinals signed five players today from their 2013 June First-Year player draft and they also reached agreement with a pair of non-drafted free-agents.

The draftees signed today include pitcher Michael Mayers (3rd round, University of Mississippi), outfielder James Bosco (13th round, Menlo College), pitcher Michael Brookshire (20th round, Belmont University), catcher Alex DeLeon (23rd round, University of Kansas) and pitcher Kyle Webb (32nd round, Elon University).

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"We are thrilled to get all of these players signed and into a Cardinals uniform," said Cardinals Scouting Director Dan Kantrovitz. "Mayers indicated to us that he wanted to get started quickly and was eager to get going. He will report to the Gulf Coast League where we can monitor his innings and allow our player development staff to begin working with him. Bosco has a chance to be an electric player and we are excited that he is going to begin his career for the State College Spikes."

The Cardinals also announced that they have signed a pair of non-drafted free-agents; Kyle Grana, a senior right-handed pitcher out of Bellarmine University who hails from St. Louis, and Brian Vigo-Suarez, a senior outfielder from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

"The non-drafted free agents are essential for rounding out our minor league rosters as well as providing another avenue to add players who we believe have a chance to reach the major leagues'" said Kantrovitz. "In most cases, the non-drafted free agents are players we would have drafted had there been more than 40 rounds. Although these players do not generally get a lot of publicity, we use a very similar decision-making process with them as we do with drafted players. Often times, we have multiple amateur scouting reports on each of them."

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