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Cards’ ninth-rounder McCully to sign


Right-handed pitcher Nick McCully, the St. Louis Cardinals’ ninth-round selection in the 2009 draft, has agreed to terms with the organization, reports Scout.com’s Dustin Mattison. The 20-year-old junior from Coastal Carolina is scheduled to report to the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League after signing on Saturday.

This spring, McCully posted an 8-1 record with a 2.10 ERA in 28 appearances. He collected eight saves and struck out 64 in 73 innings pitched. Opposing batters hit just .197 against him.

Taken with the 279th pick overall this June, McCully was listed on the tentative season-opening roster of the short-season Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League, but apparently took a bit longer to come to terms.

McCully will be the 40th of the Cardinals’ 50 draftees to sign and the second member of the class to be assigned to the full-season league, following eighth-rounder Jason Stidham, who joined the River Bandits on Thursday.

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