A total of 14 members will return from the 2005 club, while 11 new players will wear the "Birds-on-the-Bat" uniform for the first time.
Making their second appearance in Springfield are St. Louis 40-Man Roster members Brendan Ryan and Reid Gorecki. Ryan appeared in 43 games as an infielder at the end of the 2005 season, hitting .273 with two home runs and nine RBI. Gorecki was Springfield's season-opening centerfielder who struggled at the bat hitting .182, with three home runs and 16 RBI, appearing in 46 games prior to being sent to Palm Beach.
Also returning to Springfield for a second season will be catcher Dan Moylan, infielders Rayner Laya and Mike McCoy, outfielders Cody Haerther and Tyler Parker, as well as pitchers Andy Cavazos, Cory Doyne, Chris Lambert, Kevin Ool, Jordan Pals, Stuart Pomeranz and Rich Scalamandre.
New players to get their first look at the Ozarks will be catcher Iker Franco, infielders Jarrett Hoffpauir, Juan Richardson and Rico Washington; outfielders, Brian Martin and Nick Stavinoha; and pitchers, Mike Parisi, Rich Rundles, Chris Russ, Sam Walton and Mark Worrell.
Twenty-year old pitcher Stuart Pomeranz is the youngest player on the team, with Rico Washington, 27, gaining the honor of "veteran" of the 2006 squad pushing the average age of the Springfield Cardinals to 24.4 years of age.
Pomeranz is starting his third year in professional baseball and Washington spent last season in the Tampa Bay organization.
The Springfield front office also announced the planned pitching rotation for 2006: Thursday--R-Jordan Pals Friday--R-Chris Lambert Saturday-- R-Stuart Pomeranz Sunday--R-Mike Parasi Monday--OFF Tuesday--L-Rich Rundles (at Tulsa)
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