Cards to add 16 to extended spring training

As April begins, a group of minor leaguers will continue to work on improving their game in Florida.

Once the St. Louis Cardinals major league club and the four full-season minor league affiliates break camp, leaving Jupiter, Florida, those minor leaguers who remain behind will provide the core of players for the organization's annual extended spring training camp.

16 others will be following them in two waves. The majority of non-holdovers from minor league spring training will not arrive at extended spring training immediately on April 3 when EST officially opens. The 13 academy players who will be first-time USA arrivals will first participate in a mini-camp in the Dominican starting on April 1. They will join the others in Jupiter on April 15.

Only three players will be coming on April 3, all pitchers. Two of them are Puerto Ricans who played in the Gulf Coast League last season – Juan Caballero and Javier Machuca.

The third name may be unfamiliar to Cardinals fans - pitcher Brady Adamek. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander from Colorado began his college career with two seasons at Neosho County Community College, then moved to Oakland (Michigan) University for the past two years. Adamek signed a free agent deal with the Cardinals in January and will make his professional debut in extended spring training.

April 3 EST 2012
P Juan Caballero GCL
Javier Machuca GCL
Brady Adamek college

There are 11 Dominican Summer League players coming over to the USA for the first time for EST on April 15, including eight pitchers. They are being joined by two others who finished in the Gulf Coast League last summer – pitchers Fidencio Flores and Kender Villegas.

April 15 EST 2012
P Fernando Baez DSL
Ismael Brito DSL
Jonathan Escudero DSL
Fidencio Flores GCL
Dailyn Martinez DSL
Dewin Perez DSL
Juan Perez DSL
Hector Salazar DSL
Isaac Silva DSL
Kender Villegas GCL
IF Leobaldo Pina DSL
Eliezer Alvarez DSL
OF Carlos Torres DSL

In addition, four members of the 2012 DSL Cardinals had earlier been invited to regular minor league spring training camp in March. The three that made it to Jupiter are catchers Luis Cruz, Jose Godoy and Joshua Lopez.

Just as with Memphis pitcher Carlos Martinez, DSL second baseman Robelys Reyes has been delayed because his visa to enter the USA has not yet been approved. Reyes had been invited to regular minor league camp. If/when their visas are secured, they will join EST.

Delayed 2012
P Carlos Martinez Springfield
IF Robelys Reyes DSL

All of the extended spring training players will be ready when openings occur at Peoria and if they still remain in mid-June, they will be assigned to one of the short-season clubs in State College, Johnson City and in the Gulf Coast League.

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