In Part one of this report, we looked at number of factors that could play into the St. Louis Cardinals' decision as to how many players and which ones will be added to the Major League club in September.
These factors include the
Cardinals' 40-man roster situation, the roster needs of the MLB club as well as
There are at least 22 players worthy of some level of discussion. They are named in the table below. The numbers in parentheses denote the number of players from each position that I believe are likely to be called up (discussed in Part one).
Also players are identified as those with Major League time this season and those currently on the 40-man roster. A "yes" in the first two columns indicates that player has a better chance of a September call.
The final column, "Loss risk", is relevant to the nine players that are not yet on the 40-man roster. "Yes" indicates the seven that will need to be added by this fall or the player could leave for one of three reasons: having been outrighted twice, a six-year minor league free agent or by being eligible for and being taken in December's Rule 5 draft. Three "no's" makes a September call up extremely low odds.
My eight call-up selections are listed in bold. Explanations follow the table.
|Pos||MLB 2009||40-man||Loss risk|
|Mitchell Boggs *||RHS||yes||yes|
|Blake Hawksworth *||RHS||yes||yes|
|* currently with StL|
It seems like at any point during
the season, no more than one or two of the first four pitchers on the above list
have been with
My fourth extra pitcher is also the only left-hander on the list, rehabbing Jaime Garcia. I suspect the Cardinals would like to gauge his progress and potential to compete for a 2010 rotation spot, though he would surely pitch in relief this September. If Garcia is not ready, experienced MLB reliever Royce Ring would get my nod.
Matt Scherer and the rehabbing
Mike Parisi will have to wait until next year. Lefty Evan MacLane has been a
nice addition for
Despite the fact Matt Pagnozzi is not on the 40-man and has no MLB experience, the season-ending injury to Bryan Anderson means he has no viable competition.
This is a tougher call, as Jarrett
Hoffpauir did well in his short audition and continues to play good ball for
David Freese has been injured much of the season, but has come back strongly and needs to show he can compete for the third base job in 2010. I think he will be given that chance in September.
Mark Hamilton, Allen Craig, Daniel Descalso and Brian Barden, the latter just taken off the 40-man, have no reasonable chance of being added to the 40-man and getting the call this season.
If somehow Troy Glaus proves he can hit, I see him as a special case. If ready, I would project him as the ninth addition, not taking anyone else's spot.
Shane Robinson had a brief cameo
Joe Mather would like to return in September, but is fighting a very difficult battle against the reality of the calendar. Like Parisi, having not yet even started a rehab assignment, it is most likely too late for Joey Bombs in 2009.
In terms of timing, the relievers
(Kinney and Garcia/Ring) could be spared most easily by the Redbirds prior to
their season ending. Losing Greene, Freese or Stavi would hurt run production
but there are other alternatives on the
On the other hand, removing top
starters Boggs, Walters and/or Hawksworth plus the Redbirds' number one catcher
Pagnozzi would seriously hamper the conclusion of
Again, here are my eight picks as September call-ups. Only one, catcher Matt Pagnozzi, would need to be added to the organization's 40-man roster. If Ring is the lefty instead of Garcia, he would be the second. As noted in Part one, the Cardinals currently have three openings.
Pitchers (4): Mitchell Boggs, P.J. Walters, Josh Kinney, (or Blake Hawksworth if he is sent down between now and then and one of the others replaces him) and Jaime Garcia/Royce Ring
Catcher (1): Matt Pagnozzi
Infielders (2): Tyler Greene, David Freese
Outfielder (1): Nick Stavinoha
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