In past years, visa restrictions have limited the number of players any organization could bring into the US. However, baseball has been given an exemption by US officials that removed this bottleneck. The timing is excellent with the Cardinals' academies in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela beginning to yield more players ready to move up.
19 are position players, with the other 25 pitchers. Left-handers remain an all-too-rare commodity, with just two. Current ages are listed below along with a snapshot of 2007 stats. Though a few are older, the majority are still teenagers.
Augmenting these 44 will be those remaining behind from regular minor league spring training to complete their rehabilitation process in recovery from various injuries or build their skills. This group will likely include several major leaguers.
A number of the injured players, as well as some of the front-line prospects, may be tapped to (re)join one of the full-season clubs at any time as their health improves or others already rostered may require their own trip to the disabled list.
As extendeds wind down in June, a number of the more experienced players will receive the call to join the Cardinals short-season clubs. The top two clubs are Johnson City of the Appalachian League and Batavia of the New York-Penn League. Players selected in this coming June's draft will also play into that equation.
For others, especially the new players, their first taste of organized play in America may be with the second year's version of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals club in 2008. The rest will return home to rejoin the Cardinals' teams in the Dominican and Venezuelan Summer Leagues.
Initial St. Louis Cardinals 2008 Extended Spring Training Invitees
|Position Players||Pos||Age||2007||2007 Nums|
|Cardona, Ismael||C||18||VSL||Hit .300 in 237 ABs|
|Castillo, Juan||C||18||DSL||Hit .292 in 192 ABs|
|Gomez, Edwin||LF||20||DSL||Nice .298/.439/.446 line|
|Hiraldo, Braulio||2B||19||GCL||.202 avg. in GCL at 18|
|Lara, Edgar||RF||19||GCL||Decent at .256/.326/.500|
|Medina, David||OF||19||DSL||.226 in DSL|
|Moscatel, Kevin||C||17||NA||Big bonus as June pick|
|Mosquera, Juan||SS||20||DSL||Odd line: .299/.484/.338|
|Obregon, Ted||SS||17||V/DSL||.222/.339/.286 combined|
|Parejo, Frederick||OF||17||GCL||.203/.286/.229 in GCL|
|Rivera, Francisco||OF||19||GCL||Did not play|
|Rosario, Rainel||CF||19||GCL||.096/.203/.154 in 52 ABs|
|Ruiz, Romulo||IF||18||GCL||.190/.247/.241 in 137 ABs|
|Teran, Kleininger||IF||18||VSL||.267/.389/.342 line|
|Toribio, Guillermo||SS||21||GCL||.257/.389/.287 in GCL|
|Alvarez, Hector||SS||21||JC/GCL||.118/.167/.118 in 34 ABs|
|Arredondo, Jose||RHS||20||JC||3.04 ERA 41K/14BB 56IP|
|Calero, Jose||RHS||18||VSL||6.39 ERA 31BB 49IP|
|Castillos, Richard||RHS||18||VSL||1.72 ERA 60K 62IP|
|Cruz, Angel||RHS||19||DSL||41K 40IP|
|Diaz, Omar||RHS||20||VSL||49K 29BB 59IP|
|Gonzalez, Carlos||RHR||19||GCL||.217 OBA 47K 49IP|
|Gonzalez, Reynier||RHS||19||JC/GCL||1.94 ERA 43K 21BB 49IP|
|Javier, Omar||RHS||20||JC||30K 30BB 51IP 6.66 ERA|
|Marquez, Fabian||RHS||21||GCL||25BB 32IP 5.01 ERA|
|Martinez, Gustavo||RHS||19||GCL||9.39 ERA 13BB 15IP|
|Mendoza, Wladimir||LHS||21||JC/GCL||22K 26BB 17IP 6.88 ERA|
|Muñoz, Orlando||RHS||18||VSL||20K 21BB 29IP 3.34 ERA|
|Nieto, Arquidemes||RHS||18||DSL||56K 13BB 59IP 2.73 ERA|
|Ortiz, Pablo||RHS||19||GCL||GO/AO 1.87 .304 OBA|
|Peñaloza, Jose||RHS||19||VSL||18K 26BB 30IP|
|Pichardo, Joel||RHS||20||JC/GCL||1.83 ERA 29IP|
|Rada, Jose||RHS||19||GCL||5.51 ERA .338 OBA|
|Rondon, Jorge||RHS||19||VSL||GO/AO 1.54 .321 OBA|
|Santos, Randy||RHS||19||DSL||66K 64IP .220 OBA|
|Tapia, Angel||RHR||20||DSL||57K 59IP .233 OBA|
|Lugo, Rigoberto||RHP||18||GCL||17K 19BB 19IP 6.98 ERA|
|Mayes, LaCurtis||RHP||19||JC||18K 20BB 23IP .323 OBA|
|Delgado, Ramon||RHP||21||GCL||Only 10IP .225 OBA|
|Fritsche, Josh||LHP||23||BAT||19K 18IP .329 OBA 6 ERA|
|Russell, Zach||RHP||18||GCL||12BB 7IP 49th pick 2007|
Stay here at stlcardinals.scout.com throughout the upcoming weeks as we will again this season provide detailed updates on the Cardinals prospects competing in Extended Spring Training, information not readily available anywhere else.
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