Cardinals short-season rosters come in focus

Working rosters for the St. Louis Cardinals short-season clubs in State College and Johnson City include three new signees from the draft and two free agent additions.

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals short-season affiliate in Johnson City, Tennessee had its annual Meet and Greet session. 26 players were introduced, 16 pitchers and 10 position players. This tentative roster will change before the regular season begins this Thursday, June 20, but these players will make up the core of the 2013 Johnson City Cardinals.

11 players will be playing in their first professional action, including two brand new names on the Johnson City roster.

Chesterfield, MO native Kyle Grieshaber has been signed to a free agent contract. The 6-foot-2, 200 pound infielder was a senior at the University of Central Missouri for his junior and senior seasons after playing at Louisville.

The other new Cardinal is catcher Frankie Rodriguez, also signed as a non-drafted free agent. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder is a high schooler from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, where he was a 2013 Rawlings All Canada/Puerto Rico Regional first teamer.

Seven members of St. Louis' 2013 draft class are new JC Cardinals, from the 21st to 38th round selections. Two of them were previously unannounced as having signed, both right-handed pitchers from California and both college juniors. They are 25th rounder Michael Holback from Cal Poly-SLO and 26th rounder Will Anderson from Fresno State.

In addition, highly-touted international assignee, pitcher Alex Reyes, will open his professional career in Johnson City. Another free agent pitcher, Brady Adamek, was briefly added to the Palm Beach roster last week just before the Florida State League All-Star break. After pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings, the right-hander was shifted to Johnson City. Pitcher Jacob Booden also is on the roster, having come directly from Palm Beach.

Three returnees that I expected to be on the JC roster, pitcher Tyler Mills, infielder Leandro Mateo and outfielder Dutch Deol are not listed. Chances are they are rehabbing in Jupiter. Same with pitcher Josh Lucas, whom I expected to be on State College. Until I can confirm their status, they are listed on the roster as "DL?".


8 - Steve Bean
28 -Rowan Wick
21 - Frankie Rodriguez - First Year Player (Free Agency)

30 - Ronnierd Garcia
12 - Kenny Peoples-Walls
32 - Kyle Grieshaber - First Year Player (Free Agency)

23 - Vaughn Bryan - First Year Player (35th round; Broward College)
3 - Yoenny Gonzalez
4 - Lance Jeffries
7 - Devante Lacy - First Year Player (24th round; Cedar Valley College, TX.)

53 - Brady Adamek - First Year Player (Free Agency)
49 - Will Anderson - First Year Player (26th round; Cal-State Monterey Bay)
46 - Fernando Baez
43 - Jacob Booden
49 - Hansel De Los Santos
51 - Anderson Gerdel
56 - Michael Holback - First Year Player (25th round; Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo)
22 - Nick Lomascolo - First Year Player (34th round; Catawba, NC.)
26 - Zach Loraine - First Year Player (21st round; Coker College)
11 - Stalyn Lopez
19 - Dailyn Martinez
18 - Blake McKnight - First Year Player (38th round; Evangel University, MO.)
25 - Norge Paredes
47 - Luis Perdomo
29 - Alexander Reyes - First Year Player (Free Agency)
24 - Steve Sabatino

The Johnson City roster here at The Cardinal Nation has been updated to reflect this initial group of 26 active players and the tentative DLed ones.

State College update

The roster of the Cardinals' New York-Penn League affiliate continues to evolve. Following are the three changes over the last week since the earlier article, Cards add four more draftees at State College.

40th-round selection, pitcher Artie Reyes of Gonzaga, has come to terms with the organization and is listed on the Spikes roster. Infielder Michael Schulze, the Cards' 19th rounder from Missouri Western, is on the club as is pitcher Chris Perry.

The three (plus Lucas as noted above) join the other 25 tentative State College players introduced in the earlier article.

The initial Spikes will include nine who have played at higher levels in the system. They include pitchers Juan Bautista and Jhonny Polanco, catcher Adam Lewis, infielders Carson Kelly, Cesar Valera and David Washington and outfielders Ronald Castillo, Steven Ramos and Matthew Young.

Gulf Coast League update

The GCL Cardinals will be last to take the field, on Friday, June 21. By having the other rosters, we can establish its tentative initial set of players by process of elimination. That includes 24 returnees plus three unassigned but signed 2013 draftees - pitcher Ian McKinney, catcher Elier Rodriguez and first baseman Jake Stone.

You can see my version of that club's working roster here.

General information

Be aware there are a number of players likely to begin the short-season on the disabled list. These individuals are probably remaining behind at the Cardinals Jupiter complex to rehab. I will lock down that information once the seasons open.

Click here to see the basic biographical information for all 41 of the Cardinals 2013 draftees. Remember that by clicking on any highlighted player name, you will be taken to his individual player profile page. There, all the prior information we have about him is available – articles, injury news, photos, videos, interviews and more - all in one place.

Finally, to see which drafted players are signed and which are not, check out the Cardinals organization Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog. All signed players will be assigned to team rosters there and here on the main site once all short-season minor league clubs are set.

The Cardinal Nation Johnson City Cardinals reporter Curtis Carden contributed to this article.


Not 15 minutes after I published this article on Monday afternoon, I was informed that Brady Adamek was moved from JC to SC. The roster pages on the site reflect this.

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