They joined another 43 farmhands held over from regular spring camp. The latter players were deemed not ready to make one of the four full-season clubs that began play on April 7.
Six of the 42 newest arrivals have been released but only one had not played in the Gulf Coast League previously.
Four are natives of the Dominican and the other two call Venezuela home. Three are position players and three are pitchers, including one left-hander.
A common thread is that all have spent three summers in the system, accumulating innings and at-bats. The only exception is Uribe, who missed his first season in 2008 due to injury. All are now in their 20's.
As the career numbers below indicate, Pimentel had the most success at the plate of the position players. While the 22-year-old posted a batting average of .301 last season in the Gulf Coast League, seventh-best in the circuit, it was accomplished against younger players.
At first blush, these moves may seem to indicate quick decision-making by the Cardinals given the players' short time in camp. Yet as noted above, these are all veterans of the system and especially this year with no VSL, a roster crunch is coming.
The organization plans to continue its approach deployed during spring camp in which players are dropped as soon as it is determined that they are not competitive enough to make a team.
The remaining players are vying to be added to one of the full-season teams when injuries create openings or to join one of the three short-season clubs which begin play in mid-June.
With another 40 or so players likely to sign from the June draft, it adds up to the fact there will be more men under contract than places to play them.
When more releases occur, we will have them.
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