MIAMI • The Cardinals have agreed to terms with 12th-round pick Max Foody, a lefthanded pitcher from the IMG Academy in Florida. He received a $385,000 bonus, which is more than the slotted bonus for his spot in the draft.
Signing Foody comes a day after the Cardinals acknowledged an agreement with first-round pick James Ramsey. Baseball America reported late last night that Ramsey received a $1.6-million bonus, the highest given to a college senior since 2007. Ramsey's bonus is slightly less than the budgeted bonus for his spot in the draft -- 23rd overall -- and does free the Cardinals somewhat to finalize deals with other players.
The Cardinals are working off of a $9.1 million budget. They can go slightly over that number without being penalized by losing a draft pick next summer.
Foody, taken 390th overall, was one of the Cardinals over-slot picks they took after the 10th round in order to perform an end-around the draft cap. By taking him in the 12th round, the Cardinals can sign him for more than the slotted bonus and have $100,000 lopped off his actual bonus when it counts against the cap.
Here is the BA scouting report on the lefty:
Foody has the stuff and frame scouts look for in a high draft pick, though his past labrum surgery has affected his stock, if he can be prodded away from Florida State. At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, he produces two solid-average pitches, sitting in the 88-91 mph range with his fastball and throwing strikes consistently with it. He should have average fastball command down the line, and he has a feel for a fringe-average breaking ball. Foody has no plus pitch at present, though, and while scouts like his toughness and strength, it's hard to project his stuff getting much better.
During the previous home stand, Cardinals director of amateur scouting Dan Kantrovitz said he didn't know if the Cardinals would be able to sign both Foody and 11th-round pick Trey Williams, a third baseman. To get both done and all of the top picks the Cardinals would likely breach their budget.
Arizona's victory in the College World Series last night opens the way for the Cardinals to negotiate with the last of their top 10-round picks who are still unsigned: shortstop Alex Mejia and pitcher Kurt Heyer.