They will be joined in Jupiter, Florida by 75 position players on Wednesday, March 5, with the entire group holding its first workout on Thursday. To be accurate, 24 of these players were already in Florida, having participated in the organization's Spring Training Early Program, or STEP Camp.
If you are doing the math - and I know some are - you may be confused by the total of 157. Back on January 31, you received an exclusive first view of the 155 players to be invited to minor league camp.
Here are the changes that occurred to get from 155 then to 157 now:
Plus 1: 2013 Gulf Coast Cardinals left-hander Stalyn Lopez was added to minor league camp.
Plus 1: Right-handed pitcher Jordan Swagerty was reassigned from major league camp to minor league camp on Sunday.
For completeness, here is the entire list of 157, with the 24 STEP campers denoted as (ST). Note they are alphabetical within position groups:
St. Louis Cardinals 2014 minor league spring training camp invitees
|Adamek, Brady||Gonzalez, Fernando||Nazario, Iden*|
|Aldrete, Mike||Grana, Kyle||Nielsen, Trey|
|Anderson, Will||Greenwood, Nick*||Paredes, Norge|
|Arias, Estarlin||Hald, Kyle*||Perdomo, Luis|
|Baez, Fernando||Harris, Mitch||Perez, Dewin*|
|Baker, Corey||Helisek, Kyle*||Perez, Juan|
|Barraclaugh, Kyle||Herget, Kevin||Perry, Chris|
|Bautista, Juan||Higgins, Blake||Petree, Nick|
|Billbrough, Logan (ST)||Holback, Michael||Pierce, Andrew|
|Blair, Seth (ST)||Jenkins, Tyrell||Polanco, Jhonny|
|Booden, Jacob||Jones, Cory (ST)||Rauh, Jeff|
|Brookshire, Chase*||Kaminsky, Rob* (ST)||Reed, Jimmy*|
|Capellan, Amauris||Kiekhefer, Dean*||Reyes, Alex (ST)|
|Cornelius, Jonathan*||Lee, Brandon*||Reyes, Arturo|
|Corrigan, Chris||Lee, Thomas||Sabatino, Steve*|
|Cuda, Joe||Llorens, Dixon (ST)||Scanio, Joe|
|De Leon, Victor||Lomascolo, Nick*||Shaban, Ronnie|
|Donofrio, Joe||Lopez, Stalyn*||Sherriff, Ryan*|
|Escudero, Jonathan||Loraine, Zach||Silva, Isaac*|
|Farinaro, Steven||Lucas, Aidan||Stock, Robert|
|Ferrara, Anthony*||Lucas, Josh||Swagerty, Jordan (NRI)|
|Foody, Max*||Martinez, Dailyn||Thomas, Chris|
|Freeman, Ben*||Mayers, Mike (ST)||Tuivailala, Sam (ST)|
|Frey, Nick||McGregor, Scott (ST)||Webb, Kyle|
|Gallardo, Steven||McKinney, Ian*||Wright, Justin*|
|Garcia, Silfredo||McKnight, Blake||Wyatt, Heath|
|Gast, John*||Melling, Tyler*|
|Gerdel, Anderson||Miranda, Danny*|
|Bean, Steve* (ST)||Godoy, Jose*||Rodriguez, Elier#|
|Castillo, Juan||Gomez, Jose||Rodriguez, Frankie|
|Cruz, Luis (ST)||Keener, Jonathan||Rosenberg, Dante|
|De Leon, Alex||Montero, Jesus (ST)||Velazco, Gerwuins|
|Ehrlich, Adam*||Neil, Charlie#|
|First base (10)|
|Garcia, Ronnierd||Smith, Curt||Ustariz, Jesus|
|Ringo, Justin*||Stienstra, Danny||Voit, Luke|
|Rodriguez, Jonathan (ST)||Stone, Jake*||Washington, David*|
|Albitz, Vance||Mejia, Alex (ST)||Sosa, Edmundo|
|Altobelli, J.J.||Mercado, Oscar (ST)||Valera, Breyvic# (ST)|
|Caldwell, Bruce*||Miclat, Greg (ST)||Valera, Cesar|
|Collymore, Malik||Pedroza, Richie#||Vargas, Ildemaro|
|Curtis, Jermaine||Pina, Leobaldo||Walsh, Colin#|
|Herrera, Juan (ST)||Reyes, Robelys#||Wiley, Brett*|
|Katz, Mason||Rivera, Chris||Williams, Matt|
|Martin, Trevor||Schulze, Michael*||Wilson, Jacob (ST)|
|Acevedo, Jhohan||Lacy, Devante||Ramos, Steven|
|Asbury-Heath, DeAndre||Longmire, Nick||Ray, Anthony*|
|Bautista, Ricardo*||Martini, Nick*||Rodriguez, Starlin|
|Bosco, Jimmy*||McElroy, Jr., C.J. (ST)||Swauger, Chris*|
|Bryan, Vaughn#||Melker, Adam*||Tilson, Charlie* (ST)|
|Castillo, Ronald||Peoples-Walls, Kenny (ST)||Walton, Jordan*|
|Garcia, Anthony* (ST)||Perez, Luis||Wick, Rowan*|
|Gil, Ronny#||Pham, Tommy (ST)||Young, Matthew|
|Jeffries Jr., Lance||Popkins, David#|
What is next?
Two and a half weeks of minor league spring training games will begin on Thursday, March 13 and continue through Sunday, March 30. The full schedule of Cardinals minor league spring training games can be found here, with contests in Jupiter daily. Many of the games will be held on the Cardinals' Kissell Quad.
Once games begin, check The Cardinal Nation blog each evening for the day's highlights.
The regular season will begin on Thursday, April 3 for the Cardinals four full-season minor league affiliates in Memphis (Triple-A Pacific Coast League), Springfield (Double-A Texas League), Palm Beach (A-Advanced Florida State League) and Peoria (Class-A Midwest League).
Prior to that, the major league Cardinals will play an exhibition game against the Redbirds at Memphis' AutoZone Park on Friday, March 28. So, the Triple-A club will be departing from Jupiter prior to the official close of spring camp.
To see the Cardinals entire 40-man roster and non-roster spring training invitees to major league camp, check out the new, updated spring training edition of the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.
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