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Cardinals announce international signings

23 players from Dominican Republic, Colombia, Mexico & Venezuela among the signees
July 2, 2019

ST. LOUIS, MO., July 2, 2019 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that the club has agreed to terms with 23 free-agent players representing the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela from the first day of Major League Baseball’s international signing period for 2019-20. Five outfielders, two catchers, six

ST. LOUIS, MO., July 2, 2019 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that the club has agreed to terms with 23 free-agent players representing the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela from the first day of Major League Baseball’s international signing period for 2019-20.

Five outfielders, two catchers, six infielders, nine right-handed pitchers and one left-handed pitcher were among the signees, highlighted by Maracaibo, Venezuela native and right-handed pitcher Jose Davila, who profiles as starter with fastball, curveball and changeup mix, and Jeremy Rivas, a sound defensive shortstop from Puerto Cabello, Venezuela with a high offensive upside.
A complete listing of the Cardinals international player signings is below:

Last, First Name Pos. B/T HT WT Season DOB Age Country
Beltre, Alexander LHP L/L 6-1 169 2020 11/5/2002 16 Dominican Republic
Bolivar, Javier SS R/R 6-1 170 2020 12/19/2002 16 Venezuela
Carbonara, Santiago OF R/R 6-0 187 2020 9/23/2002 16 Venezuela
Cervantes, Alejandro RHP R/R 6-2 189 2020 5/15/2001 18 Mexico
Cordoba, Jose OF R/R 5-11 165 2020 1/3/2003 16 Venezuela
Cuello, Antoni RHP R/R 6-5 190 2020 11/7/2002 16 Dominican Republic
Davila, Jose RHP R/R 6-3 184 2020 11/9/2002 16 Venezuela
Encarnacion, Bryan SS S/R 6-1 136 2020 4/20/2003 16 Dominican Republic
Espinoza, Lizandro SS R/R 5-9 145 2020 11/20/2002 16 Dominican Republic
Guerrero, Justin C R/R 6-1 195 2020 5/20/2003 16 Dominican Republic
Guzman, Frankely RHP R/R 6-2 155 2020 6/19/2003 16 Dominican Republic
Guzman, Raul 3B R/R 6-0 175 2020 9/14/2002 16 Dominican Republic
Hernandez, Maikel C S/R 6-0 163 2020 2/2/2003 16 Venezuela
Justo, Maicol SS S/R 5-10 141 2020 2/2/2003 16 Venezuela
Martinez, Miguel RHP R/R 6-0 150 2020 1/26/2003 16 Venezuela
Ramos, Jeremy OF R/R 6-2 173 2020 4/4/2003 16 Dominican Republic
Reynoso, Francis OF R/R 6-4 206 2020 12/26/2002 16 Dominican Republic
Rivas, Jeremy SS R/R 6-0 172 2020 3/4/2003 16 Venezuela
Salas, Juan RHP R/R 6-1 175 2020 2/14/2003 16 Mexico
Taveras, Felix OF L/R 6-1 186 2020 3/8/2003 16 Dominican Republic
Lugo, Americo RHP R/R 6-1 192 2019 8/27/2000 18 Dominican Republic
Marcelino, Hansel RHP R/R 6-1 175 2019 6/16/2002 17 Dominican Republic
Ramirez, Brayan RHP R/R 6-4 200 2019 9/29/2001 17 Colombia

All of the announced player signings are subject to final contract approvals from the Office of the Commissioner, and will be assigned to the Dominican Summer League Cardinals. Lugo, Ramirez, and Marcelino will be activated immediately, with the remaining 20 signees being eligible to play in 2020.