The Cardinals and first-round pick James Ramsey have agreed to terms on a $1.6 million bonus, pending a physical later this week.
The highest-drafted college senior in 2012, Ramsey was the 23rd overall choice, which carried an assigned value of $1.775 million. His bonus is the fifth-highest in draft history for a senior. The only seniors to receive more are Matt LaPorta ($2 million from the Brewers in 2007), Kenny Baugh ($1.8 million from the Tigers in 2001), Casey Weathers ($1.8 million from the Rockies in 2007) and Josh Fields ($1.75 million from the Mariners in 2008).
Ramsey led Florida State to a third-place finish at the College World Series and batted .378/.513/.652 with 13 homers and 11 steals. A center fielder, he has average to solid tools across the board. The Twins drafted him in the 22nd round a year ago, but he turned down the equivalent of second-round money.
The Cardinals have now signed 12 of their 14 picks in the first 10 rounds. The only exceptions are shortstop Alex Mejia (fourth round) and righthander Kurt Heyer (sixth round), who completed a CWS championship with Arizona on Monday night.
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