Cardinals sign Speedy Jonathon Machado

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed Cuban centerfielder Jonatan Machado to a minor league contract in addition to shortstop Erik Pena and catcher Ivan Herrera during the current 2016-17 international signing period that opened on July 2.

Machado, 17, is a prototypical leadoff hitter with plus speed and advanced defensive skills.  The left-handed hitting Machado is from La Habana, Cuba and played for Cuba’s Gold Medal winning team at the 2014 15U IBAF Baseball World Cup in Mazatlan, Mexico.

“Machado is a dynamic player who has the ability to affect the game in many ways,” stated Cardinals Director of International Operations Moises Rodriguez.   “He makes contact at a high rate and is an ignitor on offense.”

The 5-9, 155-pound Machado batted .336 in 137 plate appearances for La Habana’s 15U youth league team in 2014, striking out in only 4 pct. of his at-bats.   The Cardinals have scouted Machado during both the 2014 World Cup and since he arrived in the Dominican Republic late last year.

Machado has been signed to a 2016 contract and will be immediately assigned to the DSL Cardinals team.

The Cardinals also announced today the recent international signings of the switch-hitting Pena (Valencia, Venezuela) and the right-handed hitting Herrera (Panama City, Panama).  Both players are 16 years of age.

Machado, Pena, and Herrera join a prior group of 13 international signings that were announced by the Cardinals on July 3.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

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