After the full complement of St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers reported to spring training camp two weeks ago, they joined the two dozen STEP Camp players already on site. Players have been organized into working groups represented by the names “Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach, Peoria 1 and Peoria 2” for external games.
However, these are working rosters constantly in flux and are shared for your interest only. Not only are there chain reactions of movement when players are sent down from major league camp, but players are readily shifted across rosters as daily needs occur.
The entire purpose of spring training is to enable the competition for full-season roster spots. Anything between now and opening day has to be considered written lightly in pencil.
The list below includes 173 players, including 14 who are not currently active, and covers the first four major league cuts of the spring. Not listed on this roster is minor leaguer number 174, pitcher Marco Gonzales, who was sent down from big league camp Monday evening.
St. Louis Cardinals working minor league spring training rosters – 3/21/16
|Memphis||Springfield||Palm Beach||Peoria 1||Peoria 2|
|P||Aquino, Jayson||Bray, Tyler||Alcantara, Sandy||Almonte, Max||Arias, Estarlin|
|Baker, Corey||Brebbia, John||Alexander, Kevin||DeLaCruz, Steven||Bowen, Brady|
|Church, John||Donofrio, Joe||Beck, Landon||Dobzanski, Bryan||DeLorenzo, Jordan|
|Hefner, Jeremy||Flaherty, Jack||Cross, Carson||Farinaro, Steven||Hicks, Jordan|
|Heyer, Kurt||Garcia, Silfredo||Echemendia, P||Gallardo, Steven||Higgins, Blake|
|Lee, Thomas||Gomber, Austin||Evans, Jacob||Helsley, Ryan||Medina, Yeison|
|Mayers, Mike||Heesch, Michael||Fernandez, Junior||Holt, Harley||Oxnevad, Ian|
|McGuire, Deck||Herget, Kevin||Gonzalez, Derian||Leitao, Brennan||Parra, Frederis|
|Morales, Andrew||Littrell, Corey||Grana, Kyle||Martinez, Dailyn||Schelesener, Jacob|
|Reed, Jimmy||Lucas, Josh||Harrison, Luke||Oca, David||Seijas, Alvaro|
|Reyes, Alex||McKnight, Blake||Hawkins, Chandler||Santos, Ramon||Velazco, Gerwuins|
|Reyes, Arturo||Nielsen, Trey||Kuebel, Sacha||Tomchick, Greg|
|Shaban, Ronnie||Pearce, Matt||Lomascolo, Nick||Wheatley, Bob|
|Sherriff, Ryan||Perry, Chris||McKinney, Ian||Williams, Ronnie|
|Sulbaran, JC||Poncedeleon, D||Rodriguez, Jorge||Woodford, Jake|
|Thomas, Chris||Schumacher, C||Wick, Rowan|
|Wright, Justin||Stoppelman, Lee||Wirsu, Josh|
|Wyatt, Heath||Weaver, Luke|
|C||Bean, Steve||Chinea, Chris||Jenner, Jesse||Drongesen, Riley||Lopez, Joshua|
|Cruz, Luis||Godoy, Jose||McCarvel, Ryan||Garcia, Erik||Ortega, Dennis|
|Rosario, Alberto||O'Keefe, Brian||Rivera, Chris||Rodriguez, Frankie||Wilson, Irving|
|Kelly, Carson||Zavala, Stephen|
|1B||Jacobs, Chris||De Leon, Alex||Dennard, R.J.||Newman, Hunter|
|Voit, Luke||Grayson, Casey||Garcia, Ronnierd||Rodriguez, Elier|
|IF||Anna, Dean||Alvarez, Eliezer||Cordoba, Allen||Brodbeck, Andrew||Becker, Dylan|
|Caldwell, Bruce||DeJong, Paul||Gronsky, Jake||Denton, Bryce||Hawkins, Joey|
|Diaz, Aledmys||Diekroeger, Danny||Reynolds, Mikey||Lankford, Cole||Martin, Danny|
|Valera, Breyvic||Mercado, Oscar||Staton, Allen||Rowland, Champ||Martinez, Jose|
|Williams, Matt||Pina, Leobaldo||Turgeon, Casey||Tice, Dylan||Swirchak, Josh|
|Wisdom, Patrick||Seferina, Darren|
|OF||Bader, Harrison||Aikin, Craig||Acevedo, Jhohan||Bandes, Luis||Asbury-Heath, D|
|Martini, Nick||Bryan, Vaughn||Olivera, Orlando||Bautista, Ricardo||Ray, Anthony|
|McElroy Jr., C.J.||Drake, Blake||Peoples-Walls, K||Franco, Bladimil||Rivera, Jonathan|
|Radack, Collin||Gibson, Derek||Plummer, Nick||Spitz, Thomas||Talavera, Carlos|
|Thompson, Nick||Pritchard, Michael||Sierra, Magneuris||Torres, Carlos|
There are 10 other players who are in the rehab program – eight pitchers and two infielders.
Among them is Tyler Waldron, who like Silfredo Garcia, listed on the Springfield roster above, was initially included as a non-roster invitee to MLB camp. However, physical problems surfaced upon their reporting and the two were assigned to minor league camp instead.
Four other Latin American prospects – two pitchers and two infielders – are away from camp, participating in their respective countries’ World Baseball Classic qualifiers.
Though Alex Mejia was born and raised in California and attended college at the University Arizona, he is representing Mexico in the qualifier. His father was an All-American shortstop at Pepperdine.
For more information
Link to the full Cardinals minor league spring training game schedule.
Remember to check The Cardinal Nation Blog each evening during spring training for the day's minor league stat highlights and notes and the Roster Matrix. The matrix has every transaction listed along with all players in the system by level and position, including the Cardinals entire 40-man roster and non-roster spring training invitees, STEP campers and more.
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