Cardinals drop two more minor leaguers

As they prepare for the opening of the 2014 minor league season, the St. Louis Cardinals released a pair of players on Friday.

As they further trim their rosters in preparation for minor league opening day next Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals released two players on Friday. They are outfielder Nick Longmire and first baseman Jeremy Schaffer.

Longmire, 25, was the Cardinals' fifth-round selection in the 2010 draft from the University of the Pacific. After a strong start in the New York-Penn League, in which he was an all-star and ranked in the top five in the league in runs, total bases and RBI, his progress slowed.

The right-handed hitter had a middling season in the Midwest League in 2011 (.242/.301/.367) but came on in the post-season. His difficult 2012 began with subpar numbers at A-Advanced Palm Beach, followed by a demotion back to Class-A and a season-ending quad injury.

Longmire spent all of 2013 back with Palm Beach, with the exception of a brief injury fill-in stint with Springfield. His overall line last season was a disappointing .227/.266/.356/.621.

With the glut of outfielders in the system and the fact he was not yet competitive for Double-A, it is not surprising Longmire was let go rather being given a third shot at Palm Beach in 2014.

Schaffer, 24, had less time to develop. Taken in the 18th round in 2012, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder was assigned to the Appalachian League and dominated a generally younger group of players. The first baseman led the rookie-level league in doubles, extra-base hits and RBI.

He found the going much tougher in 2013, however. The former Tulane star suffered a wrist injury during spring training camp, delaying his debut with Class-A Peoria until June. Playing at a position where offense is expected, Schaffer did not consistently deliver. The right-handed batter hit 11 home runs and drove in 33 in 311 plate appearances over 75 games. His slash line was a sub-par .214/.273/.388/.661.

To see the Cardinals' entire system by level and position, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.

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