Cardinals Add Three More to Minor League Camp

The total number of minor leaguers reporting to St. Louis Cardinals camp next month grows to 149 with the addition of a trio of catchers.

With the St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training camp just one month away, the organization has decided to add three more catchers to work with the 83 pitchers invited. Kevin Moscatel, Yorbel Alcala and Anthony Garcia will report with the 146 other players in total that were previously announced to be arriving in Jupiter, Florida starting on March 8.

All three players are from Latin America, though Alcala is the only one of the three that first competed in one of the organization's overseas academies. Moscatel and Garcia were teammates on the 2009 Gulf Coast League Cardinals, increasing the total to eight players invited to minor league camp from that team. All three have past experience playing in the States, though each will be attending his first-ever regular minor league camp.

Moscatel is an 18-year-old Venezuelan. After participating in 2009 extended spring training, he joined the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, where he remained for the summer. The only exception was a four-game injury fill-in stint with the Palm Beach Cardinals, located in the same facility.

Overall, the right-handed hitter posted a .200/.274/.240 line in 75 at-bats over 32 games. Moscatel was productive, driving in 14 runs despite having just 15 hits. It was his second stint in the GCL, after having hit just .136 in his 26 games for the 2008 GCL Cardinals. One of the organization's July 2nd signings in 2007, he officially debuted the next spring.

Moscatel was among a group of players listed on the initial roster of the Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Winter League, but did not appear.

Like Moscatel, Alcala is stepping up from extended spring training camp in 2009. Over the summer, the 20-year-old posted a .255/.310/.303 line in 147 at-bats for the Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

After first signing in July 2006, the Venezuelan played the entire 2007 and 2008 seasons for the VSL Cardinals. In his first two professional seasons combined, Alcala had a .199/.252/.281 line along with one home run and 17 RBI in 286 at-bats.

Garcia, an 18-year-old Puerto Rican, will be competing in his first full season as a professional in 2010. The right-handed batter was taken in the 18th round of the June 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Garcia appeared in just 23 games in his debut campaign with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. In 51 at-bats, his line was .235/.316/.333. He was listed on the early roster of Yadier Molina's home winter league club, the Gigantes de Carolina of the Puerto Rican League, but did not play.



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