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:
|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|
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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