Three Bears Set to Begin Professional Baseball Careers
June 11, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - All three Missouri State baseball standouts who were selected in last weekend's 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft have reached professional agreements with their respective clubs, as junior pitcher Nick Petree and senior catcher Luke Voit agreed to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, after senior pitcher Grant Gordon struck a deal with the Los Angeles Angels Sunday.
Petree, who was taken by the Cardinals with the 275th overall pick of the draft in the ninth round Friday, and Voit - the 665th overall selection in the 22nd round Saturday - are both expected to report to St. Louis's New York-Penn League (Short-Season Class A) affiliate, the State College (Pa.) Spikes, which open their 2013 season next Monday (June 17). The Angels ninth (10th round, 307th overall pick) selection in the draft, Gordon has yet to receive his initial professional assignment from the Los Angeles organization.
In addition to the three Missouri State draftees, incoming transfer David Masters (Lake St. Louis, Mo./Central Arizona Junior College) reportedly signed with Washington after being selected by the Nationals with the 436th overall pick in the 14th round. MSU freshman-to-be Drew Bridges (Carthage, Mo.), who was picked up by the New York Yankees in the 20th round (614th overall) Saturday, remains unsigned.
Under the terms of Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement, professional clubs must sign a drafted player by July 15, or the rights to that player are lost and he may re-enter the draft in 2014.