Shortstop Hector Alvarez was hitting in the number two hole after batting just .118 in 34 at-bats last season between the Gulf Coast League Cardinals and Johnson City of the Appalachian League.
Pitcher Hector Cardenas impressed pretty much everyone in camp in early action after posting a 4.98 ERA in the Gulf Coast League in 2007.
Catcher Ivan Castro at the plate. Then 19 years of age, Castro hit .223 between the Gulf Coast League Cardinals and Johnson City last season.
Outfielder Jon Edwards is very selective at the plate, but fans too often.
21-year-old right-handed pitcher Brandon Garner posted a 4.37 ERA as a member of the tandem rotation with Batavia last season.
Outfielder Edwin Gomez posted a solid .298/.439/.446 (BA/OBP/SLG) line in the Dominican Summer League in 2007.
At the age of 22, outfielder Mateo Marquez struggled with Batavia last season, with a line of .191/.270/.301.
Outfielder David Medina, then 18, hit .226/.369/.269 in the Dominican Summer League in 2007.
Outfielder Travis Mitchell, a Missouri native, hit .293 with Johnson City last season before receiving a short, less successful audition with Batavia.
Having turned 20 during the 2007 season, first baseman Osvaldo Morales posted a solid line of .270/.366/.534 between the Gulf Coast League and Johnson City. He is now a member of the Quad Cities River Bandits.
Second baseman Juan Mosquera tripled on this day out of the number nine spot in the order. He hit .299 and stole 18 bases in the DSL in 2007.
Still just 18 years old today, outfielder Frederick Parejo takes his lead off first base. He hit just .203 in the GCL last season.
Nick Peoples is coming off a broken collarbone last summer before he was taken in the 19th round of the draft.
First basemen Carlos Pupo, a free agent signee late last season, went deep on this pitch.
First baseman Francisco Rivera looks very solid in the field and at the plate. The Mexican turned 19 in December.
Now 21, second baseman Guillermo Toribio showed a decent eye but little power, with a .257/.389/.287 line in the GCL last season.
Catcher Paul Vasquez was just called up to Quad Cities. How will they spell his last name there?
In his professional debut in 2007, third baseman Nick Vera's line at Johnson City was .286/.341/.402. He was hitting third ahead of Rivera on this day.
Pitcher Josh Wilson gets his long tossing in. The 21-year-old is coming off labrum surgery last season.
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