Spring Training Notebook - Weekly Wrap-up

A weekly wrap-up of the St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training.

Here is a summary of my early observations this week;

The Cardinals have 59 players currently in camp, the break down is 28 pitchers, 8 catchers, 11 infielders and 12 outfielders.

PITCHERS (28)

#29 Chris Carpenter - working on changeup, not throwing a lot of strikes early on
#71 Troy Cate - club is very high on, not far from the majors
#79 Andy Cavazos - see Troy Cate
#79 Dennis Dove - great arm with major control problems - looking at Double-A
#40 Brian Falkenborg-good job fielding position in defense workouts this week
#34 Randy Flores - has a job in the bullpen - not observed this week
#31 Ryan Franklin - competing against Looper for 5th starter's job
#32 Josh Hancock - has a job in the bullpen - not observed this week
#77 Blake Hawksworth - looks good in live pitching/batting practice
#44 Izzy - good side sessions to date, progessing as scheduled with no problems
#78 Kelvin Jiminez - looked very good Friday in facing live batters
#61 Tyler Johnson - very impressing in Friday's live BP session
#54 Randy Keisler - not observed
#52 Josh Kinney - could be set up man for Izzy - good spring so far
#64 Chris Lambert - control problems in pitching/batting practice Duncan calls him Mike
#41 Braden Looper - he's going to start unless his arm falls off - threw 45 pitches Friday in live batting practice
#30 Mark Mulder - will start the season on the 60 day DL
#60 Chris Narveson - real darkhorse to make the club as a lefty starter
#65 Mike Parisi - not observed
#23 Anthony Reyes - sharp, considering stage of spring training
#73 Ricardo Rincon - clean bill of health, progressing as plan
#66 Mike Sillman - club is high on, not observed
#63 Russ Springer - looks good in defensive workouts, couple of kudos from La Russa
#48 Brad Thompson - hit Eckstein in batting practice, control problems Thursday
#50 Adam Wainwright - looks good early on considering it's still February
#21 Kip Wells - Duncan very high on - he'll be the #2 starter most likely
#67 Mark Worrell - nothing stands out this week

CATCHERS (8)

#87 Bryan Anderson - I like this kid, good workout effort
#28 Gary Bennett - catching Carpenter in live batting practice
#82 Ryan Christenson - catching relievers in bullpen sessions
#84 Brian Esposito - not observed
#74 Michel Hernandez - he's always working hard when I see him
#35 Eli Marrero - focus has been on catching, listed as catcher on roster
#4  Yadier Molina - winter ball, WBC, 2006, winter ball, we'll see soon if he's ready
*83 Danilo Sanchez - not observed


INFIELDERS (11)

#70 Tagg Bozied - glued to Pujols hip, working out very well at first base
#19 Jolbert Cabrera - looks like a baseball player
#22 David Eckstein - if the season started today, he would be ready
#68 Edgar Gonzalez - nothing stands out this week
#76 Travis Hanson - working out at third, being tutored some by Rolen
#7   Adam Kennedy - looking very sharp on the double plays with Eck
#12 Aaron Miles - working out at second and short, still getting ready 
#5  Albert Pujols - hey it's Albert Pujols, he looks ready to start the season
#27 Scott Rolen - glove is there, still getting arm in playing condition
#75 Brendan Ryan - taking a lot of balls at second, playing pretty well there
#26 Scott Spiezio - will be playing everywhere, this week a lot at third base


OUTFIELDERS (12)

#49 Rick Ankiel - La Russa very high on him again this spring, will get a lot of ABs
#16 Chris Duncan - looks better against the machine than live pitching so far
#15 Jim Edmonds - look for him around the third week of March
#43 Juan Encarnacion - is at least a week to 10 days before he takes a bat
#86 Cody Haerther - one of the better prospects
#63 Ryan Ludwick - showed some pop in his bat
#88 Miguel Negron - some early good strokes
#84 Colby Rasmus - has gotten some good strokes in batting practice
#53 John Rodriguez - in the best shape of his playing career - hungry to make team
#55 Skip Schumaker - how can you not root for this guy
#99 So Taguchi - to see more playing time in center with Edmonds sidelined
#3   Preston Wilson - having the most fun of anyone in camp


The Cardinals will play Florida Atlantic University Monday at 12:10 in an exhibition game from Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter Florida.


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