In the fourth round of the draft, the Cardinals plucked lefty Contreras from the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 31 relief appearances this past season, Contreras had a 3.80 ERA and 47 strikeouts to go with 25 walks and 50 hits in 47 1/3 innings. He converted both of his save opportunities, though mostly appeared in middle relief. Contreras, 22, and Guarate have youth on their side, power potential, and the common trait the Cardinals hope they can help correct: a lack of consistent control.
Sandwiched between the pitchers, the Cardinals used their third-round pick on Davis, 24. At Cal, Davis was one of the PAC-12’s leading power hitters and Pittsburgh drafted him in 2018’s 15th round. He played 60 games at Class AA this past season and hit 15 homers in 92 games total, though offset 30 extra-base hits with 153 strikeouts in 297 at-bats. Davis has 46 homers in his career in 833 pro at-bats.
The Cardinals lost one player in the Rule 5 draft when the White Sox selected Class AA shortstop Moises Castillo in the first round. Signed July 2015, Castillo hit .217 this past season. John Nogowski, a member of the Cardinals’ opening day roster, was selected by Atlanta out of San Francisco’s minor-league system.
New owner, same leadership for Memphis
The Cardinals’ longtime and ongoing Class AAA affiliate Memphis was one of nine minor-league clubs to enter into a purchase agreement with a subsidiary of Endeavor Group Holdings, the Redbirds announced Wednesday morning. The sale does not change Memphis’ affiliation with the Cardinals that began in 1998 and is contracted to go through at least 2030.
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