The St. Louis Cardinals signed one of their five first-round picks Wednesday, agreeing to terms on a bonus with No. 52 overall Patrick Wisdom. Rick Hummel reported on the Wisdom signing, although no terms were released. Wisdom, a college third baseman with power potential who's struggled to make contact in three seasons with St. Mary's, will reportedly begin his career in short-season Batavia when the New York Penn League opens later this month.
Wisdom was considered by some draft analysts to be one of the picks the Cardinals appeared to make for signability reasons—he and No. 23 pick James Ramsey, in particular, were seen as players who the Cardinals could sign early and affordably so as to go after more difficult signs later in the draft.
He finds himself in a rather crowded environment at third base—Carson Kelly, one of those would-be tough signs, is a third baseman behind him, and ahead of him David Freese, Matt Carpenter, and former first-rounder Zack Cox are all entrenched at the position in a minor log-jam. (Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso can also play third base, if you're counting.)
More MLB Draft 2012 coverage from SB Nation St. Louis:
- Here's more about Carson Kelly, who could also join the organization as a pitcher.
- Michael Wacha, the Cardinals' first first-rounder, is a prototypical Cardinals starter.
- James Ramsey, meanwhile, was compared to a prototypical Cardinals outfielder. And Tim Tebow.