Cardinals Extended Spring Training Invitees

42 additional players have been invited to St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp, which begins on April 6.

Regular minor league spring training will be ending on April 4th for the roughly 100 players that will break camp as a member of one of the St. Louis Cardinals full-season clubs. They are the Memphis Redbirds of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, the Double-A Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League, the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League and the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League.

The other 50 or so players staying behind will be joined by 42 new arrivals when the Cardinals annual extended spring training camp (EST) begins on April 5. These players are considered to be candidates to join one of the aforementioned full-season clubs at some point this season, performance and opportunity willing, of course.

This invitee count of 42 is dramatically higher than the 20 additional players sent to EST one year ago. It reflects a need by the organization to make career decisions on a large number of lower-level players caused by the end of the Cardinals' presence in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2011.

EST (42) Name Final 2010 club
Pitchers (24)  Aguilar, Cesar  GCL
Avendano, Javier        Batavia
Bier, Deimer    VSL
Brand, Cole     GCL
Canache, Roberto        VSL
Castillo, Amaury        GCL
DeLaCruz, Manuel*       GCL
DeLeon, Victor  DSL
Freeman, Ben*   GCL
Guzman, Francisco       JC
Hiraldo, Eduardo        DSL
Lopez, Stalyn   DSL
Lucas,  Josh    GCL
Martinez, Bryan GCL
Mendoza, Richard        GCL
Nazario, Iden*  JC
Nuerenberg, Dyllon      GCL
Pasen, Jose     GCL
Paulino, Willy  DSL
Santana, Michael        GCL
Toribio, Arturo DSL
Ulacio, Ramon   VSL
Uribe, Adriano* GCL
Villanueva, Dail        VSL
       
Catchers (4) Garcia, Anthony JC
Montero, Jesus  GCL
Perez, Luis     DSL
Velazco, Gerwuins       VSL
       
IF (9) Garcia, Hector  GCL
Martin, Trevor  GCL
Perez, Wader    GCL
Pimentel, Luis  GCL
Reyes, Robelys  DSL
Valera, Breyvic VSL
Vargas, Ildemaro        GCL
Vivas, Wilfred     GCL
Washington, David*      GCL
       
OF (5) Argenal, Jem    VSL
Bryant, Anthony*        GCL
Dodd, Corderius GCL
Encarnacion, Victor  DSL
Reyes, Roberto  JC
* left-handed

The Cardinals affiliates in the New York-Penn League (Batavia Muckdogs), Appalachian League (Johnson City Cardinals) and Gulf Coast Leagues will be the three teams partially staffed by the extended spring participants. They will be augmented by at least 40 new signees from this June's draft.

I recently wrote about the size of the potential logjam of players competing for these roster spots coming this summer.

15 of these extended spring training camp invitees will be making their first trip to play ball in the USA. Seven of the newbies suited up in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2010 while the other eight competed in the Dominican Republic.

Last summer, the others finished with Batavia (one) and Johnson City (four) with the vast majority having played with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals (22). Earlier, the remainder of the 2010 season-ending Batavia, Johnson City and GCL rosters were invited to regular minor league spring training camp.

Final 2010 club 2011 EST invitees
Batavia 1
Johnson City 4
Gulf Coast 22
Dominican 8
Venezuela 7
total 42

Over half of the EST group, 24 of the 42, are pitchers, including a quartet of left-handers. The rest of the position breakdown includes four catchers, nine infielders and five outfielders.

Full and up-to-date spring camp rosters, both major and minor league versions, can be seen at The Cardinal Nation Blog.



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