As the St. Louis Cardinals player development staff prepared to make their final cuts of the spring and set the four full-season minor league rosters, two players were left without chairs when the music stopped.
Catcher Dante Rosenberg and outfielder David Popkins have been given their release by the organization. Rosenberg was on the A-Advanced Palm Beach roster while Popkins last competed for Double-A Springfield.
Both players first joined the organization as non-drafted free agents, Rosenberg in 2013 and Popkins the prior summer.
Rosenberg, 23, the son of former Major Leaguer Steve Rosenberg, played his collegiate ball at the University of South Carolina. Known for his work behind the plate, Dante threw out 35.4 percent of those who intended to steal against him (17 of 48) over his two seasons as a professional.
The right-handed hitter’s problems were at the plate, where his career line is .167/.212/.207 in 156 at-bats over 56 games. Rosenberg played at State College in 2013 and Palm Beach last summer, plus a fill in period at Memphis.
Popkins was unable to continue his 2013 momentum last season, however, batting .243 at Double-A Springfield and just .242 after being returned to Palm Beach.
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