Cards Minors Spring Training Working Rosters

An early-camp view of how St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers are grouped, pre-team designation.

Following are the four working groups which will eventually morph into the still-informal Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach, and Quad Cities rosters by the time the first official minor league spring games against external competition are played on the 17th.

Roughly 100 players will eventually break camp manning those four clubs, but in the interim, another dozen and a half will be reassigned to minor league camp from St. Louis. Those players not released or placed on the disabled list will remain behind for extended spring training camp, which begins the first week of April.

While these rosters have illustrative value, they will change quite dramatically in the upcoming days. Names will shift to the right in a wholesale manner as players are sent down from major league camp and spring performance dictates.

Group 1 (40) Group 2 (36) Group 3 (36) Group 4 (34)
Starters Additon Blazek Blair Copeland
Hooker Castillo Ferrara Daugherty
Kopp Cleto Jenkins DeJesus
McGregor Fornataro C Martinez Estalis
S Miller Moss Rosenthal Hernandez
Ottavino Nieto Russell Summers
Schneider J Smith Swagerty Whiting
Relievers Buursma Brown Bittle Benes
Delgado Calhoun Butler Jimenez
Freeman Corrigan Corpas Lyons
Fick Diapoules Edwards R Martinez
Kulik Frevert Johnson Matos
Mulligan Greenwood Kiekhefer McCully
Norrick Rada Reid Revesz
Rauschnbrgr Rondon Siegrist Squatrito
Reifer Simpson Wright Watson (T)
Rundles Terry
Catchers Cutler Castro J Castillo Klein
Derba L DeLaCruz Perez Moscatel
S Hill Espinoza Stanley Tartamella
Stock Teran
1B Adams Rivera Cerreto Medina 
Scruggs C Smith Sanchez
IF A Brown Bolivar Ahmady R DeLaCruz
Bynum Cox Bergman Elkins
Garcia Curtis Y Castillo Ruiz
Jackson G Garcia Gil Tuivailala
J Martinez Goodwin Obregon Valaika
Solano Mateo J Rodriguez Valera
N Vazquez Ramirez S Rodriguez Walsh
OF Bogany DeJesus Beatty  Biserta
Castellanos Ingram Conley Melker
Henley Jones Edmondson O'Neill
Luna Lara V Hill Ramos
Pham Parejo Longmire R Smith
Rapoport R Rodriguez Swinson Williams
Swauger Rosario Tavares

Readers may notice one new name on the Group 4 list, flagged with (T). Sean Watson is a lefty from University of California Davis. I sure noticed him quickly on the field, as he stands 6-foot-9, but weighs just 225 pounds. Watson is not under contract. Farm director John Vuch called him "intriguing enough to get a better look at."

In 2010 for the Aggies, Watson went 1-5 with a 7.67 ERA. His strikeout to walk ratio was 20-16 in 56 1/3 innings. Opposing hitters batted .351 against him. Watson started eight games and relieved in nine. He committed two errors in the field. Cardinals pitching prospect Daniel Bibona was a teammate.

For ongoing information on rosters and to view our detailed player information pages, please click on the red bar just below "The Cardinal Nation" logo where it says "Minor League Rosters." Once there, be sure you select the 2011 version and click on a player's name to be taken to his individual page. For example, here is the link to the Memphis page.

Note that all transactions will be reflected in the Cardinals system Roster Matrix on The Cardinal Nation Blog. All rosters will be updated in early April once the regular season gets underway, but the main site rosters will remain static until then.

Finally, check back here very soon for the details on a group of players missing from the above rosters due to injury and rehab.

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