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How Cards found free agents Popkins & Petrick

David Popkins and Zach Petrick were PB teammates

St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Dan Kantrovitz explains how two top 2013 performers were identified and signed as free agents.

On consecutive days last June, while much of the baseball world was focused on which of the players taken in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft would sign quickly, the St. Louis Cardinals quietly signed a pair on non-drafted free agents. On June 18, 2012, outfielder David Popkins of San Diego, Cal. became a Cardinal, followed the next day by right-handed pitcher Zach Petrick of Morris, Ill. Just...

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