Cardinals Extended Spring Training Info

Schedules and statistics from St. Louis Cardinals minor league players at Extended Spring Training in Jupiter, Florida.

Two weeks ago, 100 players assigned to the four full-season minor league affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals broke camp in Jupiter, Florida and headed north. But, 42 players remained behind, including 14 who were rehabilitating injuries.

They were soon joined by 30 Latin American players, most making their first trip to play ball in America. They represent some of the early fruits from the revived programs in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, all coming together in what is called Extended Spring Training.

Click on this link for detailed Extended Spring Training roster information.

Since then, three players, pitchers Armando Carrasco (Quad Cities) and Eric Haberer (Springfield) plus outfielder Ian Church (Palm Beach) have left camp to join their full-season clubs. Many of the other rehabbing players are expected to follow when they are ready and teams have openings to receive them.

Those who have remained in Extended Spring Training are busy building their skills with the hopes of being selected for one of the Cards' short-season clubs in Johnson City (Appalachian League) and Batavia (New York-Penn League) or the new Gulf Coast League entry that will be based out of Jupiter. In addition, some of the Latin players may return to compete for the Cardinals' squads in the Venezuelan and Dominican Summer Leagues. All five clubs begin play in June.

In Jupiter, the players are busy starting first thing in the morning, whether in scrimmages or organized games against their peers from other clubs training nearby. Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch explains the basic six-day-a-week routine.

"Our Monday-Friday games start at noon, and our Saturday games start at 10:00 A.M. Due to the larger number of players in our camp, we'll also play intersquad games at times, and also will sometimes play a second game against the Marlins (who also train at the Jupiter complex) or another organization in addition to the regularly-scheduled game."

Included on the eight-week schedule, which runs through June 2, are the Extended Spring Training clubs from the Nationals, Dodgers, Mets and Marlins.

2007 Cardinals Extended Spring Training Schedule

DATE

DAY

STL

9-Apr

MON

FLA

10-Apr

TUES

@FLA

11-Apr

WED

FLA

12-Apr

THUR

@LAD

13-Apr

FRI

CAMP

14-Apr

SAT

WAS

15-Apr

SUN

OFF

16-Apr

MON

@NYM

17-Apr

TUES

@FLA

18-Apr

WED

LAD

19-Apr

THUR

CAMP

20-Apr

FRI

@FLA

21-Apr

SAT

WAS

22-Apr

SUN

OFF

23-Apr

MON

FLA

24-Apr

TUES

@LAD

25-Apr

WED

CAMP

26-Apr

THUR

NYM

27-Apr

FRI

@WAS

28-Apr

SAT

@FLA

29-Apr

SUN

OFF

30-Apr

MON

LAD

1-May

TUES

CAMP

2-May

WED

@FLA

3-May

THUR

@NYM

4-May

FRI

FLA

5-May

SAT

WAS

6-May

SUN

OFF

7-May

MON

CAMP

8-May

TUES

NYM

9-May

WED

@FLA

10-May

THUR

FLA

11-May

FRI

@WAS

12-May

SAT

CAMP

13-May

SUN

OFF

14-May

MON

FLA

15-May

TUES

@FLA

16-May

WED

FLA

17-May

THUR

@LAD

18-May

FRI

CAMP

19-May

SAT

NYM

20-May

SUN

OFF

21-May

MON

@NYM

22-May

TUES

@FLA

23-May

WED

LAD

24-May

THUR

CAMP

25-May

FRI

@FLA

26-May

SAT

WAS

27-May

SUN

OFF

28-May

MON

FLA

29-May

TUES

@LAD

30-May

WED

CAMP

31-May

THUR

NYM

1-Jun

FRI

@WAS

2-Jun

SAT

@FLA

Bold = Home game (Jupiter)
@WAS = Viera
@NYM = Port St. Lucie
@LAD = Vero Beach
@FLA = Jupiter

While statistics are kept, the focus remains on development. Vuch provides another example of the flexibility that is prevalent in Extended Spring Training. "Some times, we may play extra innings if both clubs have additional pitching that needs work."

Please click on this link to see the early statistics from the Cardinals pitchers and hitters in Extended Spring Training.

Stay right here at stlcardinals.scout.com to get the full scoop from Jupiter and all over the Cardinals system as the 2007 season heats up!



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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