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.
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|
|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|
|P||Anderson, Will||IF||Herrera, Juan|
|Rowland, Robby||Newman, Hunter|
|Ward, Davis||OF||Plummer, Nick|
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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