ST. LOUIS -- Andrew Morales, taken by the Cardinals with the 71st overall pick in the 2014 Draft, has agreed to a $546,100 signing bonus, saving the organization $250,000 in pool money based on the slot value of that selection.
Morales still has to pass a physical (which is expected to happen early next week) before the Cardinals officially announce the signing. Morales will then be the 27th player from the Cardinals' Draft class to join the organization. With the agreement in place, the only player left unsigned from the first 10 rounds is third-round pick Trevor Megill, who intends to return to college for his senior season.
Morales just wrapped up his senior season with the University of California at Irvine, which was eliminated from the College World Series on Wednesday. The only game UC-Irvine won during its stay in Omaha was started by Morales, who limited Texas to one run on six hits and three walks in a six innings last Saturday.
Morales, a first-time draftee, went 11-2 this season and posted a 1.53 ERA in 135 2/3 innings. He struck out 141, walked 33 and limited opponents to a .185 batting average. The 6-foot, 195-pound right-hander was also recently named the All-Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year.
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