Press Release: Cardinals Announce International Signings

15 PLAYERS FROM the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Panama & Venezuela AMONG THE SIGNEES

ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 15, 2021 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that the club has agreed to terms with 15 free-agent players representing the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Panama and Venezuela on the first day of Major League Baseball’s 2020-2021 international signing period.

Five outfielders, one catcher, six infielders and three right-handed pitchers were among the signees. Highlighted by Freeport, Bahamas native Adari Grant, an athletic middle infielder with offensive upside, and Panamanian switch-hitting catcher Leonardo Bernal, who helped lead his home country to the 2018 U15 World Cup silver medal.

A complete list of the Cardinals international player signings is below:

Last, First NamePos.B/THTWTSeasonDOBAgeCountry
Grant, AdariSSR/R5’1116320211/2/200417Bahamas
Bernal, LeonardoCS/R6’020020212/13/200416Panama
Reynoso, EliasSSR/R5’10158202111/25/200317Dominican Republic
Carmona, CarlosOFR/R6’117020217/1/200416Venezuela
De La Rosa, Samil3BR/R5’817520219/24/200317Dominican Republic
Avendano, ChristianOFR/R6’017520219/4/200317Venezuela
Encarnacion, AnyeloSSR/R6’016420212/1/200416Dominican Republic
Guerrero, YancelSSR/R6’116920214/16/200416Dominican Republic
Lopez, RobelinOFR/R6’4193202110/10/200317Dominican Republic
Perez, MarceloSSR/R6’218120211/7/200417Dominican Republic
Cabrera, RomtresOFR/R6’018220219/23/200317Dominican Republic
Suarez, JoseOFR/R6’220020218/9/200416Dominican Republic
Contreras, EstebanRHPR/R6’118720214/16/200317Dominican Republic
De La Cruz, CarlosRHPR/R5’11167202111/14/200218Dominican Republic
Fabian, SamuelRHPR/R6’417720215/21/200317Dominican Republic

Since 2019, the Cardinals have signed players from nine different countries including Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Italy, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela

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. All 15 signees will be eligible to play in 2021.

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