Seven of the players listed made appearances with the Major League team, while the others just barely cracked or missed Triple-A Memphis with exception of the three younger players. Two were former closers for the Cardinals under the Dave Duncan and Tony La Russa regime, before the Jason Isringhausen era. One was a former Rule 5 Draft pick and another was supposed to be an added arm in the bullpen but instead spent his season on the disabled list.
The total sits at 16 at this time, with ten playing in Mexico, four in Japan, and two in Nicaragua. Only one on the list cracked the Major Leagues last season and two were in 2007 spring camps before being released. Eight ended their seasons in the MLB-affiliated minor leagues, one finished in an independent league, and six returned to the foreign leagues that employed them last season. Note that one has been released and one is on loan from the majors.
Also not included are Trey Hearne, Adam Daniels and Amaury Marti as all three are still under contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. For news on them, check out the recent article entitled, "Cardinals Mexican League Update: First Half".
This list may not include every single former Cardinals player now overseas, so if anyone runs across any additional information, feel free to post it on the premium message board here so we can update the list for the future. Sometimes the language translations also cause problems with certain sites.
|Name||Years In Cardinals Organization||2007 Team||2008 Team|
|Juan Acevedo||1998:Memphis, 1998-99:St. Louis||Monterrey (Mexican) / Chinhuahua (Mexican)||Chihuahua (Mexican)|
|Ivan Bellazetin||2008:St. Louis Extended Spring Training||Minatitlan (Mexican)||Minatitlan (Mexican)|
|Larry Bigbie||2006:Quad Cities, 2006:Springfield, 2006:Memphis, 2006:St. Louis||Las Vegas (Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A) / Richmond (Atlanta Braves Triple-A)||Yokohama (Japanese)|
|Alberto Castillo*||1999:St. Louis||Baltimore Orioles||Monterrey (Mexican)|
|Edwin Conde||2005:DSL Cards, 2006:VSL Cards, 2007:GCL Cards||GCL Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals Rookie Level)||Boer (Nicaraguan)|
|Mike DeJean*||2003:St. Louis||Colorado Springs (Colorado Rockies Triple-A)||Oaxaca (Mexican)|
|Iker Franco||2006:Springfield||Richmond (Atlanta Braves Triple-A)||Quintana Roo (Mexican)|
|Raul Gonzalez#||2005:Memphis||Oaxaca (Mexican)||Vaqueros (Mexican)|
|Luis Martinez||2004:Tennessee, 2004:Memphis||Washington Nationals Spring Camp||Saltillo (Mexican)|
|Edgard Montiel||2006:VSL Cards, 2007:DSL Cards||DSL Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals Rookie Level)||Boer (Nicaraguan)|
|C.J. Nitkowski||2002:Memphis||Fukuoka (Japanese)||Fukuoka (Japanese)|
|Matt Perisho||2006:Memphis||Seattle Mariners Spring Camp/Bridgeport (Atlantic League)||Nuevo Laredo (Mexican)|
|Adam Riggs||2002:Memphis||Tokyo Yakult (Japanese)||Tokyo Yakult (Japanese)|
|Ricardo Rincon+||2006:St. Louis||Fresno (San Francisco Giants Triple-A)||Mexico (Mexican)|
|Nerio Rodriguez||2002-05:Memphis, 2002:St. Louis||Monclova (Mexican)||Monclova (Mexican)|
|Scott Seabol||2003-05:Memphis, 2005:St. Louis||Albuquerque (Florida Marlins Triple-A)||Hiroshima (Japanese)|
* Released by the Houston Astros after 2008 spring camp
+ Loaned by the New York Mets
Previous articles in this series:
Link to Part One - "Ex-Cardinals Census, 2008: The Major Leaguers"
Link to Part Two - " Ex-Cardinals Census, 2008: The Minor Leaguers"
Link to Part Three - "Ex-Cardinals Census, 2008: The Indy Ballers"
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