Cards Welcome 74 to Extended Spring Training

From now until June, a group of minor leaguers will keep working in Florida on improving their game.

After the St. Louis Cardinals major league club and the four full-season minor league affiliates broke camp, leaving Jupiter, Florida behind, the minor leaguers who remained provide the core of players for the organization’s annual Extended Spring Training (EST).

The annual camp began the same day as the regular minor league season – on Thursday, April 9 - and will continue until Saturday, June 6. Games begin Monday, April 13.

Many others have joined them, including every player still in the organization that suited up for one of the United States-based clubs in 2014. Also invited are 12 players who competed in the 2014 Dominican Summer League, including catcher Dennis Ortega, who was already in the US, participating in March’s minor league spring training camp.

When all on hand are taken into account, extended spring training camp consists of 85 players. The 74 active already mentioned, four pitchers on full-season club disabled lists working their way back into shape and another seven temporarily sidelined by injury, on the Rehab List.

More details on the injured minor leaguers can be found in this article.


Six EST invitees are members of The Cardinal Nation 2015 top 40 prospect list, including two top 20 players in pitcher Ian McKinney (18) and shortstop Edmundo Sosa (19). The others are second baseman Malik Collymore (22) and pitchers Bryan Dobzanski (24), Ronnie Williams (31) and Juan Perez (40).

In addition, two top 40 prospects are among the full-season DL players active in EST – pitcher Luke Weaver (9) and Dixon Llorens (37).

The final 12 to arrive are academy players who traditionally first participated in a mini-camp at the Cardinals facility in the Dominican Republic. They include top bonused-pitcher Junior Fernandez, our 2014 DSL Cards Starting Pitcher of the Year, David Oca and Player of the Year, outfielder Jonathan Rivera.

Other 2014 DSL Cardinals in EST are pitchers Sandy Alcantara, Estarlin Arias and Derian Gonzalez, catchers Ortega and Irving Wilson, first baseman Sergio Ripoll, shortstop Allen Cordova and outfielders Luis Bandes and Carlos Talavera.

Of course, those on the disabled lists at any of the full-season clubs may participate in daily EST games as part of their tune-up, as well. One such current potential example is St. Louis left-handed starter Jaime Garcia, currently rehabbing in Jupiter.

The 2015 extended spring training participants follow. As the players are typically broken out into two squads for scrimmages, that is how they are presented here.

  Red team White team Rehabbers
P Alexander, Kevin Alcantara, Sandy Bautista, Juan
  Beck, Landon Arias, Estarlin Blair, Seth (Spr DL)
  Bray, Tyler Bohannan, Silas Gallardo, Steven
  Caballero, Juan Booden, Jacob Garcia, Silfredo (PB DL)
  De La Cruz, Steven Brito, Ismael Higgins, Blake
  Escudero, Jonathan Delorenzo, Jordan Lee, Brandon
  Farinaro, Steven Dobzanski, Bryan Stoppelman, Lee (Spr DL)
  Gerdel, Anderson Echemendia, Pedro  
  Llorens, Dixon (PB DL) Fernandez, Junior  
  Martinez, Dailyn Foody, Max  
  Mateo, Julio Frey, Nick  
  McKinney, Ian Gonzalez, Derian  
  Nazario, Iden (PB DL) Kuebel, Sasha  
  Perez, Juan Oca, David  
  Rodriguez, Jorge Parra, Frederis  
  Schumacher, Cody Santos, Ramon  
  Swagerty, Jordan (Spr DL) Silva, Issac  
  Villegas, Kender Then, Jery  
  Ward, Davis Velazco, Gerwuins  
  Weaver, Luke (PB DL) Williams, Ronnie  
    Wirsu, Josh  
C Godoy, Jose Ortega, Dennis  
  Lopez, Joshua Rodriguez, Elier  
  O'Keefe, Brian Rodriguez, Frankie  
  Wilson, Irving    
1B Ustariz, Jesus Garcia, Ronnierd  
  Grayson, Casey Ripoll, Sergio  
INF Barzilli, Julian Alvarez, Eliezer  
  Gronsky, Jake Collymore, Malik  
  Lankford, Cole Cordoba, Allen  
  Sosa, Edmundo Massi, Michael  
  Turgeon, Casey Pina, Leobaldo  
  Muscarello, Christian Rivera, Chris  
OF Acevedo, Jhohan Asbury-Heath, D'Andre  
  Bryan, Vaughn Bautista, Ricardo  
  Gibson, Derek Bandes, Luis  
  Lacy, Devante Franco, Bladimil  
  Peoples-Walls, Kenny Torres, Carlos  
  Pritchard, Michael Talavera, Carlos  
  Ray, Anthony Rivera, Jonathan  

News and notes

You may notice what appears to be a misplaced name and a returning name among the pitchers. That is former catcher Gerwuins Velazco and back-from-retirement pitcher Max Foody. More on their moves can be found here.

As noted in the left column, four pitchers on full-season disabled lists are working in EST. The same article linked to above has more information about them.

You will also note the column at the far right, which includes seven players on the Rehab List, not cleared for game action. They include three full-season DLed pitchers in Seth Blair and Lee Stoppelman from Springfield and Silfredo Garcia from Palm Beach.

All of the extended spring training players will be conceivably under consideration when openings occur at Peoria. If they still remain in mid-June, they will be assigned to one of the short-season clubs in State College, Johnson City and in the Gulf Coast League. Some of the academy EST invitees may return to play in the 2015 DSL, but they should be few and far between. Most are expected to earn jobs in the US and others could be let go.

For roster and player information

The team rosters here at The Cardinal Nation are as up-to-date for St. Louis and all four full-season clubs. All EST players remain on one of the short-season clubs based on where they ended 2014. To access these team rosters, click on the words “MILB ROSTERS” on the red bar underneath The Cardinal Nation site logo.

To see the Cardinals’ entire system by level and position on one page along with every player transaction for every club all year long, check out the newly-refreshed Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.

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