Cards Trades Create Minors Roster Imbalance

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A and Double-A rosters have a temporary shortage of outfielders and an excess of starting pitching.

One interesting by-product of all the trade-deadline activity by the St. Louis Cardinals has been the impact on the roster balance at Double-A and Triple-A, primarily affecting the outfield and starting pitching.

Whereas earlier this season, there was a glut of outfielders at the highest levels of the system, it is no longer the case. The trades of Allen Craig and James Ramsey leave both Memphis and Springfield with just three active outfielders on their respective rosters. Of course, that can easily be addressed by upward promotions from within the system as needed.

The outfielders are Stephen Piscotty, Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk at Memphis and Mike O’Neill, Charlie Tilson and Rafael Ortega at Springfield.

Even more interesting to me is the glut of starting pitching at Memphis. Not even counting Angel Castro, who started most of the first half, and swingman Nick Greenwood, who debuted with St. Louis last month, the Redbirds have seven healthy starters. The group includes four left-handers.

They are right-handers Zach Petrick, Boone Whiting and the newest arrival, Carlos Martinez. Left-handers are Tyler Lyons, John Gast, Tim Cooney and Marco Gonzales. Four of the seven have major league experience, including three of the four lefties. All are home-grown Cardinals.

To be clear, I found these short-term roster imbalances interesting, though not particularly concerning and expect they will smooth out over time.

For more detail: As always, to see the entire Cardinals system by level and position, including every transaction all year long, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.

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