Cardinals Minors Working Rosters: 03/27/16

How St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers are organized late in 2016 spring training camp.

As I noted in the previous version of the working groups in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league camp, these rosters are constantly in flux. Players are moved to where they are needed and can get their work in best.

Having said that, there is a natural pressure of movement to the right. What I mean is that as players are cut from St. Louis, the usually land on the Memphis roster. That pushes others to Springfield and etc. down the line.

Further, these working groups are too large for the regular season active roster limits of 25. In every case, more than 30 players are still among those competing at each level. That will lead to more movement of some players downward.

Perhaps the key break is between Peoria 1 and Peoria 2 because in reality, Peoria 2 by another name is State College or extended spring training. So those who make Peoria 1 will travel north with Chiefs manager Joe Kruzel and his staff, while the Peoria 2 players will remain behind in Florida to keep working in extended spring training.

Against that backdrop, here is an update on the working groups. By my quick count, 39 players have moved to the right since earlier this week, including the Peoria 2 group growing from 24 to 32.

This is business as usual. Yet some of the moves are worth calling out.

For example, our number two prospect in the system, Jack Flaherty, was shifted from Springfield to Palm Beach. Not surprisingly, hard-throwers Junior Fernandez and Sandy Alcantara moved from Palm Beach to Peoria 1. Short-season pitching standouts Bryan Dobzanski, David Oca and Ronnie Williams went from Peoria 1 to Peoria 2.

Among the infielders, Leobaldo Pina and Darren Seferina shifted from Springfield to Palm Beach and Allen Cordoba went down to Peoria 1 from Palm Beach.

The lists below include 174 players, including 10 who are not currently active, and covers the first five major league cuts of the spring.

Since last time, one came down from MLB camp in Marco Gonzales. Four returned from the World Baseball Classic qualifiers in Dewin Perez, Jonathan Escudero, Edmundo Sosa and Alex Mejia. Three players came off the rehab list in Jeff Frey, Juan Perez and Tyler Waldron but three more went on in Hunter Newman, Nick Plummer and Luke Weaver. Finally, two pitchers were given their release in Lee Stoppelman and Kevin Alexander.

St. Louis Cardinals working minor league spring training rosters – 3/25/16

  Memphis Springfield Palm Beach Peoria 1 Peoria 2
P Aquino, Jayson Baker, Corey Bray, Tyler Alcantara, Sandy Arias, Estarlin
  Church, John Brebbia, John Beck, Landon Almonte, Max Bowen, Brady
  Gonzales, Marco Donofrio, Joe Cross, Carson DeLaCruz, Steven DeLorenzo, Jordan
  Hefner, Jeremy Garcia, Silfredo Echemendia, P Farinaro, Steven Dobzanski, Bryan
  Heyer, Kurt Gomber, Austin Evans, Jacob Fernandez, Junior Escudero, Jonathan
  Lee, Thomas Herget, Kevin Flaherty, Jack Gonzalez, Derian Hicks, Jordan
  Mayers, Mike Littrell, Corey Frey, Nick Gallardo, Steven Higgins, Blake
  McGuire, Deck Lucas, Josh Grana, Kyle Helsley, Ryan Medina, Yeison
  Morales, Andrew McKnight, Blake Harrison, Luke Holt, Harley Oca, David
  Reyes, Alex Nielsen, Trey Hawkins, Chandler Leitao, Brennan Oxnevad, Ian
  Reyes, Arturo Perry, Chris Heesch, Michael Martinez, Dailyn Parra, Frederis
  Sherriff, Ryan Poncedeleon, D Kuebel, Sacha Perez, Dewin Schelesener, Jacob
  Sulbaran, JC Reed, Jimmy Lomascolo, Nick Perez, Juan Seijas, Alvaro
  Thomas, Chris Shaban, Ronnie McKinney, Ian Rodriguez, Jorge Tomchick, Greg
  Waldron, Tyler   Pearce, Matt Santos, Ramon Velazco, Gerwuins
  Wright, Justin   Schumacher, C Wirsu, Josh Wheatley, Bob
  Wyatt, Heath   Wick, Rowan Woodford, Jake Williams, Ronnie
           
C Bean, Steve Cruz, Luis Chinea, Chris Drongesen, Riley Ortega, Dennis
  Kelly, Carson Godoy, Jose Jenner, Jesse Garcia, Erik Wilson, Irving
  Rosario, Alberto O'Keefe, Brian McCarvel, Ryan Lopez, Joshua Zavala, Stephen
      Rivera, Chris Rodriguez, Frankie  
           
1B Rodriguez, Jon Jacobs, Chris De Leon, Alex Garcia, Ronnierd Rodriguez, Elier
  Voit, Luke Grayson, Casey Dennard, R.J.    
           
IF Anna, Dean Caldwell, Bruce Alvarez, Eliezer Becker, Dylan Brodbeck, Andrew
  Diaz, Aledmys DeJong, Paul Gronsky, Jake Cordoba, Allen Denton, Bryce
  Mejia, Alex Diekroeger, Danny Pina, Leobaldo Martin, Danny Hawkins, Joey
  Valera, Breyvic Mercado, Oscar Seferina, Darren Martinez, Jose Lankford, Cole
  Williams, Matt Reynolds, Mikey Sosa, Edmundo Tice, Dylan Rowland, Champ
  Wisdom, Patrick Sohn, Andrew Staton, Allen   Swirchak, Josh
      Turgeon, Casey    
           
OF Bader, Harrison Drake, Blake Aikin, Craig Acevedo, Jhohan Asbury-Heath, D
  Garcia, Anthony Gibson, Derek Bryan, Vaughn Bandes, Luis Ray, Anthony
  Martini, Nick Pritchard, Michael Olivera, Orlando Bautista, Ricardo Rivera, Jonathan
  McElroy Jr., C.J. Radack, Collin Peoples-Walls, K Franco, Bladimil Talavera, Carlos
  Tilson, Charlie Thompson, Nick Sierra, Magneuris Spitz, Thomas Torres, Carlos

  Rehab      
P Anderson, Will   IF Herrera, Juan
  Bohannon,Silas     Katz, Mason
  Rowland, Robby     Newman, Hunter
  Then, Jery      
  Ward, Davis   OF Plummer, Nick
  Weaver, Luke      
         
  Released      
P Stoppelman, Lee      
  Alexander, Kevin      

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.

Prior articles in this series

Cardinals 2016 Spring Minor League Injury Updates
Cardinals Minors Pitching Plans: 03/26-28/16
Cards Spring News from Jupiter: 03/25/16
Cards Release Once-Promising Lefty Stoppelman
Cards Spring News from Jupiter: 03/24/16
Cards Spring News from Jupiter: 03/23/16
Cardinals Minors Working Rosters - 03/22/16
Cardinals Say Goodbye to Three Minor Leaguers



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