Jason Stidham was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth round of the Major League First-Year Player Draft earlier this month. There was apparently enough confidence in his signing that he was listed on a preliminary Batavia roster before the New York-Penn League season began.
But the expected announcement did not occur. It is coming, but a few days later than thought.
“Jason is signing today if he hasn’t already,” Mike Martin, Florida State University’s head baseball coach told the Talahassee Democrat on Wednesday. “The last couple of days I hadn’t gotten my hopes up that he might come back. I kind of figured he would sign.”
The second-team All-ACC infielder led FSU this season with 24 doubles. Stidham hit .363 and started all 63 games. The junior added 12 home runs for the FSU squad that had reached the NCAA super regionals before falling.
“The hard thing is replacing a player with his experience and a player who was a clutch guy for three years,” Martin said. “When you needed a big hit, Jason got it done. He was an outstanding leader.”