MLB Draft 2012: St. Louis Cardinals Picks Carson Kelly And Steve Bean Make Pro Debuts

The St. Louis Cardinals are beginning to sign their 2012 MLB Draft picks, and the fastest movers are already playing minor league baseball. Short-season leagues opened Tuesday night, and two highly touted high schoolers, third baseman Carson Kelly (who signed for a million dollars over his recommended slot) and first-round catcher Steve Bean, both made their pro debuts in the lineup for the Appalachian League's Johnson City Cardinals.

Kelly—who some teams saw as a future pitcher—started at third and went 0-3 with a walk, while Bean went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI starting at catcher. 2011 draft picks C.J. McElroy (1-4) and Missouri native Lance Jeffries (1-1, 3 BB) also made their 2012 debuts.

Another first-rounder, Patrick Wisdom, has already made his debut for the short-season Batavia Muckdogs, where he's 0-6 with two walks. The rest of the Cardinals' first-round haul—starter Michael Wacha, right fielder James Ramsey, and newly signed third baseman Stephen Piscotty—are all seen as advanced college talents, and could make their debuts in full-season ball as high as the Florida State League's Palm Beach Cardinals.

For more updates on the St. Louis Cardinals' 2012 MLB Draft picks, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. Oh, and Future Redbirds.

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