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)|
|IF||A Brown||Bolivar||Ahmady||R DeLaCruz|
|N Vazquez||Ramirez||S Rodriguez||Walsh|
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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