Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 10/27/12
In every summer’s draft, there seems to be one or two players who are reported as signed by the St. Louis Cardinals, but end up not becoming a professional. The reason could be cold feet, a misunderstanding or perhaps a medical problem. Usually, the specific details of individual cases do not come out. That isn’t the case with 2012 34th round selection Mark Trentacosta. The left-handed pitcher from the University of Cal Irvine told a very unfortunate story to the Daily Pilot, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Times. Through a series of puzzling decisions and regulations, the pitcher never signed a professional contract, yet is ineligible to return to the Anteaters for his senior season. You can read the details in the linked-to article, but the essence is that only after Trentacosta traveled from California to Jupiter, Fla. to Johnson City, Tenn. did the Cardinals organization sent him home without signing him. The reason stated was a degenerative disc disease identified during his ph...
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