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MLB Draft Update: St. Louis Cardinals First Rounders Take Tentative Minor League Steps

St. Louis Cardinals supplemental first-rounder Tyrell Jenkins's minor league start is characteristic of the kid-glovesy way most of them will be treated, but the Cardinals' 2010 draft class is taking its tentative first steps as the minor league season winds down. 

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Jenkins, the team's third pick, started for the rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals last night and is on an extremely limited pitch count—the Texas high school star threw two scoreless innings, walking two and striking out one. The Appalachian League closes regular season play today, so his first professional season will end with three scoreless innings pitched over two starts. 

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Of course, first rounder Zack Cox's season is already over. Sent to the lowest-level Gulf Coast League, which is hardly a league at all, because it ends early enough that the Cardinals won't have to use an option on his Major League contract, Cox hit .400/.471/.467 over the squad's last four games. (They finished 28-28, but I can assure you that not even the players on the team are aware of that; in the GCL, a complex league, games are basically inter-squad scrimmages where score is kept.)

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Seth Blair, the 46th overall pick in the draft, likely won't appear in the minor leagues until 2011. 

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