Tentative Johnson City Cards Opening Roster

The first 28 players expected to become part of the Cardinals' initial Johnson City roster are disclosed.

Following is the tentative roster of the 2011 Johnson City Cardinals as of Friday morning. 28 players are listed, including 12 making their professional debuts. 11 are from the 2011 draft class, along with one recent free agent signing.

The highest-drafted player is right-handed pitcher Tyler Mills. The ninth-round pick from the University of Michigan is relatively inexperienced on the mound, so this assignment to the middle short-season league makes a lot of sense.

Since I received this roster, the 34th round pick, second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla, has also been signed and is reportedly on the way to the Appalachian League as well. He would be the 29th player on the Johnson City roster.

Manager Mike Shildt and his staff will lead the defending Appy League champions into action with a Sunday exhibition followed by opening day on Tuesday. Our Shawn Kerrick, author of the Monday Johnson City Notebooks that will be returning for another season soon, reports that Jose Pasen will get the Sunday start.

Once the official season-opening rosters for Johnson City and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals are available, our roster pages here will be updated as will the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation Blog.

Batavia is now current here at TCN. I will be adding the final touch, uniform numbers, Friday evening. I am still working on GCL, as their season does not begin until Tuesday.

Update: The 2011 Johnson City site roster is now current. Stay tuned for updates on "missing" players.

2011 Johnson City Cardinals preliminary roster, as of June 17

Pitchers (15) B T H W DOB Obtained
Canache, Roberto R R 6'5" 180 12/5/1990 Free Agent (2010)
De La Cruz, Manuel L L 6'2" 225 8/5/1990 43rd Round (2009)
Deese, Kyle R R 6'2" 205 10/31/1988 23rd Round (2011)
Freeman, Ben L L 6'2" 150 6/2/1992 11th Round (2010)
Gillung, Nick R L 6'1" 175 2/25/1989 19th Round (2011)
Hald,Kyle L L 5'11" 195 5/27/1989 18th Round (2011)
Hiraldo, Eduardo R R 6'3" 183 8/21/1989 Free Agent (2009)
Jenkins, Tyrell R R 6'4" 180 7/20/1992 1st Rd Supp (2010)
Lucas, Josh R R 6'6" 185 5/11/1990 21st Round (2010)
Mills, Tyler R R 6'3" 205 10/1/1990 9th Round (2011)
Nuernberg, Dyllon R R 6'1" 220 5/28/1991 23rd Round (2010)
Pasen, Jose R R 6' 180 5/19/1990 Free Agent (2007)
Santana, Michael R R 6' 155 1/8/1990 Free Agent (2009)
Sherriff, Ryan L L 6'1" 185 5/25/1990 28th Round (2011)
Wyatt, Heath R R 6'2" 190 8/27/1988 33rd Round (2011)
Catchers (3) B T H W DOB Obtained
Byrd, Kolby L R 6'1" 215 3/23/1990 13th Round (2011)
Keener, Johnathan R R 6' 195 10/12/1989 32nd Round (2011)
Montero, Jesus R R 5'10" 170 6/21/1991 Free Agent (2007)
Infielders (5) B T H W DOB Obtained
De La Cruz, Roberto R R 6'2" 180 10/11/1991 Free Agent (2008)
Martin, Trevor R R 6' 190 3/8/1991 20th Round (2010)
Pritchard, Neil R R 6'0" 188 2/21/1989 Free Agent (2011)
Washington, David L L 6'5" 200 11/20/1990 15th Round (2009)
Williams, Matt R R 6' 160 8/29/1989 15th Round (2011)
Outfielders (5) B T H W DOB Obtained
Apelian, Gary R R 6'4" 205 9/22/1990 27th Round (2011)
Bergin, David R R 6'2" 235 8/25/1989 30th Round (2011)
Castillo, Ronald R R 6'5" 198 6/16/1992 Free Agent (2009)
Garcia, Anthony R R 6' 180 4/1/1992 18th Round (2009)
Ramos, Steven R R 6' 160 4/7/1990 22nd Round (2010)

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