As you can see below, the number of players on each of the top three clubs has been dropped from 35-40 down to 30-35, with an opening day goal of either 24 or 25, depending on level. At the same time, Quad Cities' ranks are swelling, with over half of the 66 players likely destined to remain behind at extended spring training or be released.
With all the starting pitchers down from major league camp that will be coming, we see the seven primary competitors for the rotations for Memphis, Springfield and Palm Beach. Several previous starters are now listed among the relievers, though most could end up in either role.
There has been some movement by level among the catchers, infielders and outfielders as well.
Remember, there will be more roster gyrations ahead, with as many as a dozen players still to be cut from major league camp. There will be a domino effect across these rosters as the later players will likely land with Memphis, pushing others downward as a result.
162 players are now assigned to minor league camp, plus delayed pitcher Jose Almarante. Again, remember that these rosters are written in pencil until camp breaks in two weeks.
St. Louis Cardinals working minor league spring training rosters: 3/22
|Memphis (30)||Springfield (32)||Palm Beach (33)||Quad Cities (66)|
|Rauschenberger||Schneider||Lucas, A||Springer||Miller, T|
|C||Hill, S||De La Cruz, L||Castillo, J||Byrd||Montero|
|1B||Scruggs||Rodriguez, J||Cerreto||Washington||De La Cruz, R|
|Garcia, J||Vasquez||Mateo||Tuivailala||Valera, C|
|Kozma||Wong||Rodriguez, S||Williams, M||Walsh|
|Pham||Rosario||Reyes, R||Tilson||Hill, V|
|Rehab (6)||Delayed (1)|
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