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Cardinals Sign 1st Round Pick
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have signed third baseman Zack Cox, their first-round draft pick, to a $3.2 million, four-year contract.

Second-round pick Jordan Swagerty, a right-handed pitcher from Arizona State, also agreed to terms late Monday night.

Cox, the 25th overall selection, will report to Class-A Palm Beach. Swagerty, the 75th player taken in the June draft, will begin his career at Class-A Batavia.

The 21-year-old Cox, of Louisville, Ky., set University of Arkansas records with a .429 batting average and 102 hits last season. He had nine home runs, 48 RBIs and 14 doubles in 59 games. The 6-foot, 215-pound sophomore was the Razorbacks' starting third baseman both seasons in college and was 5 for 11 with two doubles in the Tempe, Ariz., Super Regional against Arizona State in June.

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