In the past week, the Cardinals have shifted 21 pitchers down a level in the organization, at least on their working rosters. In some cases, the player made his second move of the spring as the rosters are refined both to reflect results on the field and the ripple effect of major league returnees.
Additional shifts are expected. After all, what is Springfield manager Pop Warner going to do with eight outfielders? Still, these rosters are looking more and more like what we should see come Opening Day next week. Changes since last report are noted in bold text.
Among the most notable changes was a single upward move earned across the system as outfielder A.J. Van Slyke joined Palm Beach from Quad Cities. Van Slyke is batting a lusty .464/.531/.536 (BA/OBP/SLG) this spring. The 23-year-old joined the Cardinals in the 23rd round of the 2005 draft.
Another move of interest was within a roster, as former fourth-round pick (in 2004) Donnie Smith shifted from starting to the Palm Beach bullpen. The 24-year-old pitched in A ball for State College and Quad Cities in 2006. The right-hander was primarily a reliever for Old Dominion University from 2002 through 2004. Smith has allowed four earned runs in 6 1/3 spring innings.
Finally, Brandon Yarbrough moved out from behind the plate, joining Van Slyke and the others in Palm Beach's outfield scrum. The 22-year-old was the Cards' fifth-round selection in the 2003 draft and is a career .260 hitter in four minor league seasons. He is batting .273 on the spring.
Quad Cities Pitchers
Collier, Logan Ginter,
Garcia, Jaime (L)
Haberer, Eric (L)
Garceau, Shaun Keisler, Randy
Hernandez, Elvis Narveson, Chris
Ool, Kevin (L)
Herron, Tyler Smith,
Norrick, Floyd (L)
King, Blake Rauschenberger, Cory
Lane, Matt Maiques, Kenny North, Matt Peralta, Senger (L) Garner, Brandon Borne, Danny (L)
Hodinka, Ryan (L) Gregerson, Luke
Marquez, Fabian Mikrut, Jonathan
Mendoza, Wladimir Castellanos,
Mura, Kyle Falkenborg,
Sadlowski, Kyle Sillman,
Schellinger, Mike Worrell,
Vander Weg, Scott
Schroeder, Brian (L) Stitt, Brian
Valera, Yuery Zuercher, Zach
Armando Furnish, Brad
(L) Gonzalez,Marco Leach, Tyler Wilson, Josh Pomeranz, Stu
Bakey, Kris Ransom, Robert
Alvarado, Wilmer Hernandez,
Gonzalez, Steve Marrero,
Guerrero, Henry Mulligan, Casey Thomas, Scott Reyes, Christian 1st
Buckman, Brandon Hamilton, Mark
Garcia, Isa Nelson,
Landin, Jaime Washington,
Sandoval, Willian Hanson,
Schweitzer, Jared Ryan,
Solano, Donovan Gonzalez,
Groff, Will Lopez, Christian Pham, Tommy Puello, Melvin Outfielders
Edwards, Jon Ludwick,
Gorsett, Luke Stavinoha,
Daryl Jay, Jon
Rapaport, Jim Lemanczyk, Matt
Shorey, Mark Cazana (Marti),
Mitchell, Travis Rasmus, Colby
Pujols, Wil Rivera,
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