Cardinals Ink Wacha For $1.9 Million

The Cardinals officially signed their top pick on Thursday, paying Texas A&M righthander Michael Wacha a $1.9 million bonus, matching the assigned value for the No. 19 overall selection.

The fifth college pitcher selected, Wacha had one of the best changeups and some of the best command in the draft. He also has a 90-93 mph fastball that tops out at 96, and is making progress with a slider.