Cardinals Sign Dominican Shortstop Hector Linares

The Cardinals signed Dominican shortstop Hector Linares.

Linares, 16, is 6 feet, 160 pounds with a wiry build, good bat speed and an inside-out stroke. His trainer is known as “Ninote” and Linares is represented by Angel Santana, who goes by the nickname “Aroboy.”

The Cardinals also signed Venezuelan outfielder Carlos Talavera, the No. 28 international prospect for July 2, as well as Dominican righthander Sandy Alcantara.