With State College already underway for the 2014 short season and a preliminary roster from Johnson City available, we can ascertain a tentative roster for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, as well.
The following group of players consist of 28 who participated in extended spring training camp that are not on State College or Johnson City plus seven signed 2014 draftees whose team assignments have been announced to be the GCL.
With a maximum active roster size of 35 in short-season ball, all of these players could conceivably be accommodated on the opening day roster of the 2014 Gulf Coast League Cardinals this Friday, but that will likely not happen.
In addition to potential moves up to Johnson City, the total should drop because several players will probably open on the disabled list. Still, the GCL roster will include the vast majority of these 35 players.
|GCL tentative (28)|
|V DeLeon||Bautista||J Castillo|
|F Flores||S DeLaCruz||F Rodriguez|
|Hawkins (L)||Caballero||E Rodriguez|
|Foody (L)||Gallardo||J Lopez|
|R Santos||Y Medina|
|2014 Draft (7)|
|Weaver (1)||Dunnington (28)|
|Flaherty (1)||Kuebel (L 38)|
|R Williams (2)||Ward (40)|
The 2014 draftees include first-rounders Luke Weaver, who signed late Monday and Jack Flaherty, who was official on Tuesday. Other new Cardinals are third baseman Julian Barzilli (31st round) and four pitchers - second-rounder Ronnie Williams, Tyler Dunnington from the 28th round, 38th-round pick Sasha Kuebel and 40th-rounder Davis Ward. Kuebel is the lone left-hander of the group.
Eight of the tentative GCL Cardinals have come over from the Dominican Republic academy for their first official play in the US. They include shortstop Edmundo Sosa, catcher Joshua Lopez, pitcher Ramon Santos and outfielder Magneuris Sierra. Sosa and Santos were The Cardinal Nation's DSL Cardinals Player and Starting Pitcher of the Year for 2013, respectively.
The Cardinals have also signed two free agent outfielders this week, Nebraska's Michael Pritchard and Southeast Missouri State's Derek Gibson. Neither have been formally announced by the organization as of yet so their assignments are not yet known. Though they would be old for the league, given there are only three flychasers among the above 35, the two could also be in the initial GCL mix.
The 2014 GCL Cards staff is led by returning manager Steve Turco. He is assisted by pitching coach Darwin Marrero, back for another season, and new hitting coach Kleininger Teran. Teran, a former Cardinals farmhand, moved up from the Dominican Summer League, replacing Jobel Jimenez, now with Peoria.
For more information
The GCL Cardinals roster page here on the main site is not yet 100 percent accurate. I will be moving other players around as their new rosters are formally announced.
Of course, the group may be augmented by more signings announced any day.
Click here to see the basic biographical information for all Cardinals 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.
For those who want to dig in and both see and read details about the 42 players selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, The Cardinal Nation has a very comprehensive set of reports for you to view.
Finally, to see which drafted players are signed and which are not at any time over the upcoming days and weeks, check out the 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.
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