In each of the last two days, the St. Louis Cardinals brought in one of their first-round draft picks for a signing ceremony at club offices at Busch Stadium. On Monday, it was 27th overall selection Luke Weaver. Tuesday was Jack Flaherty's turn, the 34th overall pick this year.
Both are right-handed pitchers from very different backgrounds. Weaver is a college junior from Florida State University and Flaherty is a high schooler from California.
According to reports, Weaver, 20, signed for the slot amount designated for the 27th pick, $1.843 million. The cost of getting Flaherty, 18, to back out of his commitment to attend the University of North Carolina was higher, reportedly $2 million, $350,000 above slot.
They will come together in uniform for the first time as professionals later this week on the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, an assignment intended to ease them slowly into the professional game. It is a path paved by first-rounders Michael Wacha and Marco Gonzales the last two summers.
Cardinals Draft Progress
The Cardinals have now signed 10 of their 12 picks made through the 10th round. The two unsigned players are both right-handed pitchers. Second-rounder Andrew Morales' UC-Irvine club is still alive in the College World Series in Omaha. Third-rounder Trevor Megill is pitching in the Cape Cod League. The Cardinals are watching his progress coming back from 2013 Tommy John surgery.
Overall, St. Louis has inked deals with 26 of 42 draftees.
To Follow Weaver and Flaherty
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