Cardinals Invite 20 NRIs to Big League Camp

The St. Louis Cardinals have invited 20 non-roster players to 2009 Major League spring training camp, including their top two prospects, outfielder Colby Rasmus and third baseman Brett Wallace.

The St. Louis Cardinals have invited 20 non-roster players to Major League spring training camp. This list, while perhaps not final, currently includes eight pitchers, six catchers, four infielders and just two outfielders.

The group of invitees features five of the top six ranked Cardinals' players from our Top 40 Cardinals prospect list, headlined by outfielder Colby Rasmus, third baseman Brett Wallace, catcher Bryan Anderson, pitcher Jess Todd and third baseman David Freese.

Todd was the organization's 2008 Pitcher of the Year and our Cardinals Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year, but the organization's Player of the Year, outfielder Daryl Jones, is not among the invited, an acknowledgement of the logjam in the big league outfield.

Wallace, drafted in the first round last June, is the first Cardinals player to be invited to spring camp in his first spring after having been drafted since J.D. Drew in 1999.

Three other players had been previously invited to big league camp when signed to minor league contracts for 2009. They include reliever Ian Ostlund, infielder Joe Thurston and catcher Justin Knoedler.

The players, positions and rank on our prospect list are listed below.

Pos Player Rank
C Bryan Anderson 3
C Steven Hill 29
C Tony Cruz NR
C Luis De La Cruz NR
C Matt Pagnozzi NR
C Justin Knoedler NR
IF Joe Thurston NR
3B Brett Wallace 2
3B David Freese 6
3B Allen Craig 14
OF Colby Rasmus 1
OF Jon Jay 10
SP Jess Todd 4
SP Clayton Mortensen 11
SP Adam Ottavino 13
SP P.J. Walters 23
SP Tyler Herron 25
RP Francisco Samuel 19
RP Fernando Salas 24
RP Ian Ostlund NR

These invitees are in addition to the 35 players currently on the club's 40-man roster.

Top prospects already on the roster and therefore slated to be in camp include outfielder Nick Stavinoha (#30), infielder Tyler Greene (#17), along with pitchers Jason Motte (#7), Mitchell Boggs (#8) and Josh Kinney (#20).

Other non-ranked players on the 40-man include infielders Jarrett Hoffpauir and Brian Barden, starting pitcher Blake Hawksworth and reliever Matt Scherer.

Note: This link will take you to the current 40-man roster.

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