ST. LOUIS, MO. (July 2, 2012) – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to terms with three free agents from Latin America. Today marks the first day that teams are allowed to sign players who were not subject to last month’s MLB First Year Player Draft. All of the agreements announced today by the Cardinals are subject to the players passing a physical and MLB background checks.
The following players agreed to terms today with the Cardinals on the first date of eligibility:
Luis Bandes, OF, R/R, 6-1, 200 lbs.; Born: May 15, 1996 (Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela)
Joshua Lopez, C, R/R, 5-10, 188; Born: March 4, 1996 (Valencia, Venezuela)
Edmundo Sosa, SS, R/R, 5-11, 170; Born: March 6, 1996 (Panama City, Panama)
According to Cardinals scouts, Bandes is the most advanced bat of the three players with power potential that projects him as a middle of the lineup bat. Lopez is considered a good two-way player who receives the ball well and hits the ball to all fields. Sosa projects as one of the few pure shortstops in this year’s international class.
Cardinals’ Director of International Operations Moises Rodriguez indicated that all three players would be assigned to the team’s academy in the Dominican Republic.