Clemson junior outfielder Chase Pinder, a seventh-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, has signed with the Cardinals, ending his college career, according to mlb.com.
His signing bonus was reported to be $300,000.
He was one of nine Clemson players drafted last week. The brother of the Oakland Athletics’ Chad Pinder batted .305 for the Tigers this year with 59 runs, 16 doubles, seven home runs and a team-high 13 stolen bases in 16 attempts.
His defensive play in the outfield was important to the team, too, and Clemson coach Monte Lee called him one of the most underrated players in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
He was a third-team All-ACC selection and two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honorees. He was the first Clemson position player drafted by the Cardinals since Greg Guin in 1981.
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