The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a two-year player development contract with the State College Spikes, according to Jenifer Langosch of Cardinals.com. The Spikes were previously affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
State College is part of the New York-Penn League, short-season "A" league that starts its season in June and ends in early September. The Cardinals had previously been associated with State College in 2006. State College finished this past season 35-41, with the Hudson Valley Renegades winning the league championship.
The Cardinals are still looking to finalize their Class-A affiliation, which had previously been with Quad Cities. The Cardinals' top high school prospect, Carson Kelly, could play ball next season either with State College or with the team's yet-to-be-named Class A affiliate.
The Cardinals were previously affiliated with the Batavia Trojans, an agreement that lasted six years.
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