Cardinals Minors Late Spring Games Rosters

The St. Louis Cardinals player development staff will be facing some tough roster decisions as minor leaguers enter their final week of play in spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida.

As they are now into the final week of official minor league games on the back fields of Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium, the members of the St. Louis Cardinals player development staff are preparing to make some tough decisions. Specifically, they must name the 98 players to be active on the opening day rosters of Memphis and Springfield (24 players each) as well as Palm Beach and Quad Cities (25 each).

The second Quad Cities club listed below indicates those players currently not projected to be ready to make a full-season team. They would instead remain behind in Extended Spring Training camp. (42 additional players will join them in EST, which begins on April 6.) However, remember that these assignments are still written in pencil, not ink. They can and will change between now and when camp breaks next Monday, April 4.

157 players are listed below. With the major league roster set, no further additions are expected. As noted elsewhere on the site, tryout left-hander Sean Watson has been offered a contract and will sign before camp ends.

Despite a dozen releases over the last week, 13 players previously separated out on the rehab list have now been melded into the regular rosters by the Cardinals. I have chosen to denote them with an (I) after their names. Be aware that this is a non-official designation. These players are at least candidates to open the season on the disabled list, representing one vehicle to help ease the roster decisions.

The status of some players, like Springfield's Scott Gorgen, recovering from Tommy John surgery, are very clear, while others may or may not be deemed ready to go. For details on the previous rehabbers, refer to "Cardinals Minor League Medical Report – 3/16". Since then, Springfield starter Scott McGregor has also been slowed in recent days.

Note that when filtering out the (I) players, the Memphis and Springfield rotations and bullpens appear to be just about set. Many of the remaining decisions seem to be related to paring down the pitchers at the lower levels, especially the relievers, though there are at least some numbers problems everywhere.

Even with six-man rotations planned for Palm Beach and Quad Cities, further releases and/or moves to the right of the page and ultimately onto the QC #2 roster will need to be made to get down to the opening day roster limits. Rather than wait for big cut-down days, the Cardinals are continuing to release players immediately if they are deemed to be non-competitive.

  MEM (29) SPR (33) PB (36) QC #1 (37) QC #2 (22)
P Dickson Additon* Cleto Blair Bibona* (I)
  Lynn Blazek Fornataro Ferrara* Copeland*
  Ottavino Gorgen (I) Gast* Martinez, C Daugherty*
  Valdes* Hooker Kelly Moss DeJesus
  Walters Kopp (I) Nieto Rosenthal Estalis
    McGregor (I) Miller, S Russell Jenkins
    Schneider Smith, J Swagerty Hernandez*
    Thomas   Whiting  
           
  Buursma Castillo Bradford (I) Butler Benes
  Fick Delgado Calhoun* Corrigan Bittle
  King Freeman* Pichardo (I) Corpas Cardenas* (I)
  Norrick*  Frevert Rada Edwards* Lucas (I)
  Parise (I) Greenwood* Reid Johnson, C Lyons*
  Reifer Kulik* Rondon Kiekhefer* Matos
  Rundles* Mulligan Simpson Martinez Mijares* (I)
  Salas R'schnbrgr Terry Siegrist* Montanez (I)
  Samuel (I) Zawacki Wright*   Nadeau* (I)
  Sanchez       Revesz*
          Watson*
           
C Anderson Cutler Castro Castillo, J Klein
  Cruz, T Derba DeLaCruz, L Stanley Moscatel
  Stavinoha Hill, S Espinoza Stock Teran
      Perez, A    
      Tartamella    
           
1B Hamilton Adams Cerreto Sanchez Medina
    Scruggs Rivera    
      Smith, C    
           
IF Bynum Curtis Ahmady Bergman DeLaCruz, R
  Carpenter, M Garcia, Jo Bolivar Elkins Tuivailala
  Kozma Jackson Castillo, Y Gil Valera
  Solano Ramirez, R Cox Obregon Walsh
  Vazquez, R Vasquez, N Garcia,  G Rodriguez, J  
      Mateo Rodriguez, S  
        Ruiz  
        Stidham (I)  
        Valaika  
           
OF Brown, A Bogany Ingram Conley Biserta
  Chambers Castellanos Lara Edmondson Ramos
  Jones, D Henley Longmire Hill, V  
  Rapoport Luna O'Neill Melker  
  Robinson Pham Rodriguez, R Parejo  
    Swauger Rosario Swinson  
        Tavares  
        Williams (I)  

* left-handed pitcher
(I) previously listed among rehabbers

Update: An organization official has told Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch that Carlos Martinez will likely remain behind in Extended Spring Training - another reminder that these designations remain fluid.

Daily minor league game recaps

Again this spring, I am running recaps of each day's minor league games at my blog, The Cardinal Nation Blog. Game results, player highlights and photos are provided each evening covering that afternoon's results and a look ahead to the next day. Check them out!



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