Cardinals to sign third-round pick

HOUSTON (AP) — Prep star C.J. McElroy is picking baseball over football.

The University of Houston signee and St. Louis Cardinals draft pick will sign with the major-league team. The Cardinals drafted him in the third round of the major-league baseball draft in June.

KRIV-TV first reported McElroy’s decision, and University of Houston officials confirmed it Tuesday.

The 5-foot-10 McElroy played center field for Clear Creek High School. He hit .488 with five homers, 20 RBI and stole a school-record 33 bases as a senior.

McElroy’s father, Chuck, played in the major leagues from 1989-2001.

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