Wilson, a highly-touted prep outfielder from Harvard-Westlake high school in
Cardinals' vice president of scouting and player development Jeff Luhnow called the club's chances of signing
They appear to have more of a chance to sign Wilson now, with his family wanting to pay their own way to St. Louis to see what playing for the Cardinals was all about.
"Clearly Austin and his family wouldn't be here if they didn't have interest in signing or weren't seriously considering it," Luhnow said. "I'm not going to give you any odds yet because I don't know. We haven't gotten to that point of the discussion but this has to be a thrill for him and certainly it's going to give us an opportunity to see him in a different light."
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His mom Ina Coleman soaked in the experience, snapping several photos of her son while in uniform.
Wilson and his family were scheduled to meet with chairman Bill DeWitt Jr and general manager John Mozeliak while in town.
"We're glad that he took this opportunity," Luhnow said. "He's in town to come here and meet with the front office and see what it's like to be out on the field and get a taste of Busch Stadium and Cardinals fans. We're hoping that we all put our best foot forward and add more information to the family's decision. They have a big decision to make here in the next month or so whether to sign a professional contract or go to school."
Many expected the Cardinals to not have much of a realistic chance to sign
But that may not be the case, as Luhnow said the Cardinals are making an attempt to sign all five of their remaining high-end draft picks.
"I do hope for a scenario where we get everyone signed and we are attempting to do that," Luhnow said. "If that happens, it will be a scouting directors dream come true. …We don't know until we get closer to what the real numbers are going to be, but that's the goal."
Still unsigned are pitchers Seth Blair and Jordan Swagerty from
Just what would Luhnow call it if they were able to come to agreements with all five selections?
"Home run, slam dunk, grand slam, whatever you want to call it," Luhnow said. "Because all five of these players were discussed in the first round and if we get all five of them done, that's an incredible crop. But obviously it would cost some money so there's going to be a lot of people involved in that decision. …It's a big investment."
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