Travis Hanson, the 2005 St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year, was hitting just .091 in 11 spring training, getting just 11 at-bats. He showed up in camp in great shape and has shown marked improvement in the field on with his defensive play.
Brendan Ryan did everything asked of him this spring, has played great defense at second and third after putting in extra time, working with coaches Jose Oquendo and Rick Eckstein on his defense. Ryan was hitting .333 in 24 at-bats this spring and take it from me, he'll be back.
Colby Rasmus saw very little playing time with the big club, but he showed signs that he can handle the defensive duties in center field, when given the opportunity. He'll need time for his bat to come around, before he can handle a steady diet of Major League pitching.
Cody Haerther, another highly-touted prospect, has been nursing a sprained wrist since the exhibition game against Florida Atlantic University on February the 26th. Haerther did not get a chance to play in any Grapefruit League contests.
Pitcher Mike Smith, a non-roster invitee, appeared in the FAU exhibition game, pitching two shutout innings, but suffered a loss to Houston on 03/05 after giving up three hits, two runs, one earned, in two innings. He faced Atlanta on Sunday and pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up a hit.
Troy Cate's reassignment came as a surprise; Cate already had two wins, including the win against FAU and Florida on 03/03. He pitched a total of four innings in Major League competition giving up just one hit, striking out one batter.
Non Roster Invitees and minor league players surviving the second round of cuts Monday, include; OF Rick Ankiel, INF Tagg Bozied, INF Jolbert Cabrera, RHP Andy Cavazos, RHP Dennis Dove, RHP Brian Falkenborg, INF Edgar Gonzalez, RHP Blake Hawksworth, RHP Kelvin Jimenez, LHP Randy Keisler, OF Ryan Ludwick, C Eli Marrero, LHP Chris Narveson, OF Miguel Negron, and outfielder OF Skip Schumaker.
The Cardinals minor league players begin their spring training games on Wednesday, after they play intersquad games on Tuesday.
The Cardinals next game is Tuesday when they go on the road to Fort Myers to face the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium in the Lee County Sports complex in Fort Myers, Florida. Game time at 1:05 p.m. ET.
The Redbirds will return home on Wednesday to face the Washington Nationals, with game time at 1:05 p.m. ET.