The St. Louis Cardinals announced Monday it had signed Osbourn Park High School graduate Josh Swirchak to a minor-league contract as an undrafted free agent.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior infielder departed over the weekend to work out in Florida. He will begin his pro career with the Johnson City Cardinals (Tenn.) in the rookie-level Appalachian League. Johnson City opens up June 23.
Swirchak finished as Wilmington University’s second-leading hitter in 2015 with a .383 batting average. He also had 12 doubles, four triples and two home runs in helping the program go 37-15 and reach the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Swirchak was a first-team all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference selection and was named to the Daktronics All-East Region team.
Swirchak played his first two seasons at Frederick Community College (Md.), where he was a second-team NJCAA All-American as a sophomore after batting .394.
Swirchak played all four years on Osbourn Park's varsity, earning all-state honors as a junior and all-district and second-team all-region honors as a senior.