Top Cardinals draft pick signs contract

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Associated Press

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 14 at 7:00 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Wacha, the St. Louis Cardinals' top pick in the draft, visited Busch Stadium after he signed his contract earlier Thursday.

The right-pitcher from Texas A&M was the No. 19 overall pick in the draft. Wacha was taken with the pick the Cardinals earned as compensation from the Angels for the free-agent departure of Albert Pujols over the winter.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Wacha flew Wednesday to St. Louis. He took his physical and passed the medical exams before he signed his contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 20-year-old recently completed his junior season at Texas A&M. He finished with a 9-1 record and a 2.06 ERA. He struck out 116 in 113 1-3 innings.

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