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Cardinals bring in 16-year-old prospect Cardinals bring in 16-year-old prospect

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Wagner Mateo, a highly-regarded 16-year-old prospect, got a $3.1 million bonus from the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this month. On Monday, he got a small taste of the big leagues.

Mateo suited up in uniform No. 9 and took batting practice at Busch Stadium before Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a little nervous at first, fouling off several pitches, before shaking off jitters and settling in.

The Cardinals like to bring in top prospects for a day as inspiration.

The left-handed hitting outfielder from the Dominican Republic is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, about 30 pounds over his playing weight. He won't begin his professional career until next spring and doesn't turn 17 until next March 30.

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