Cards select 38 for Fall Instructional League

The St. Louis Cardinals have hand-picked 16 pitchers and 22 position players for a special fall minor league developmental camp in Florida.

As first reported by The Cardinal Nation on August 15, the St. Louis Cardinals will be holding a fall instructional league camp in Jupiter, Fla. in September and October. Players report on September 19 with the camp running until October 13.

38 players have been invited, including 16 pitchers and 22 position players. Though most competed in short-season ball this past summer, at least one played with Double-A Springfield. At the other end of the spectrum, four players are coming to the US from the Dominican Summer League.

Here is the breakdown by level:

Level #
Springfield 1
Palm Beach 3
Quad Cities 6
Batavia 6
Johnson City 11
Gulf Coast 7
Dominican  4
Total 38

Pitchers POS Club Position Players POS Club
Baez, Fernando RHP DSL Bean, Steve C GCL
Castillo, Yunior RHP BAT Wick, Rowan C GCL
DeLeon, Victor RHP JC Ehrlich, Adam C JC
Foody, Max LHP GCL Cruz, Luis C DSL
Hernandez, Hector LHP QC Washington, David 1B BAT
Kiekhefer, Dean LHP PB Medina, David 1B QC
Nazario, Iden LHP SPR Valera, Cesar SS JC
Paulino, Willy RHP JC Peoples-Walls, Kenny SS GCL
Stock, Robert RHP QC Caldwell, Bruce IF JC
Tuivailala, Sam RHP JC Walsh, Colin 2B QC
Villanueva, Dail LHP QC Perez, Luis 2B GCL
Shaban, Ronnie RHP JC Kelly, Carson 3B JC
Russell, Zack RHP PB Wisdom, Patrick 3B BAT
Perez, Dewin LHP DSL Wilson,  Jacob Util BAT
Perez, Juan RHP DSL Young, Matthew OF BAT
Freeman, Ben LHP BAT Gonzalez, Yoenny OF GCL
McElroy, CJ OF JC
Jeffries, Lance OF JC
Ramsey, James OF PB
Acevedo, Jhohan OF GCL
Garcia, Anthony OF QC

Not listed above is outfielder Charlie Tilson, who will also participate assuming he is physically capable. Tilson missed the entire regular season due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.

The invitees include 11 members of the Cardinals 2012 draft class, but only two pitchers - lefty Max Foody (12th round) and closer Ronnie Shaban (33rd). The 2012-drafted position players are catchers Steve Bean (1S) and Rowan Wick (9th), infielders Bruce Caldwell (15th), Carson Kelly (2nd)and Patrick Wisdom (1S), utilityman Jacob Wilson (10th) plus outfielders Matthew Young (20th), Yoenny Gonzalez (8th) and James Ramsey (1st).

Quad Cities' Colin Walsh will prepare for the Arizona Fall League by participating in Instructional League from its start on September 19 through October 2.

Instructs will also have seven very special guests from September 25 through October 2. The seven other invitees to the AFL will ramp up their baseball activity in Florida before reporting to Surprise, Ariz. on October 3.

For more details on fall instructional league, refer to this article:
"Cardinals return to fall instructional league"

For information on the Arizona Fall League plans, read this:
"Wong headlines Cardinals AFL contingent"

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