A by-product of studying the St. Louis Cardinals spring training working rosters is the handful of names that have disappeared since the previous version.
Three Cardinals farmhands are in that population – two pitchers and an infielder. They are Tyler Melling, Dixon Llorens and Brett Wiley. Melling has decided to retire while Llorens and Wiley have been released.
Over his career, Melling posted a 13-7 record with a 3.46 ERA. He fanned 162 and walked 48 in 211 innings. The Cardinals control his rights while on the voluntary retired list.
Llorens, 23, has a history of high strikeout totals and high walks. After pitching at Palm Beach and Springfield in 2014, the submariner was sent down to Peoria last season. Due to injury, the right-hander appeared in just 20 games, pitching 19 innings in 2015, struggling to a career-worst 7.11 ERA.
Since being St. Louis’ 25th-round selection in the 2012 Draft from Miami Dade College, Llorens logged 26 saves and a 3.29 ERA. The Florida native struck out 236 but issued 77 free passes in 150 1/3 career innings.
Wiley’s career line in 220 games is .273/.348/.388/.736. He is primarily a second baseman, but also appeared at third base and shortstop.
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Link to the full Cardinals minor league working spring training game rosters.
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