Just five days of spring minor league games remain on the St. Louis Cardinals schedule to be played on the back fields of Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium. The player development staff continues to refine the four full season club rosters in preparation for the upcoming regular season.
155 healthy players are listed below with no more than four more expected to be coming down in the next few days from major league camp, barring any trades, of course. Players missing from a likely opening day set of rosters include pitchers Rich Hill and P.J. Walters, an outfielder from the group of Joe Mather, Allen Craig and Nick Stavinoha and catcher Matt Pagnozzi (if Yadier Molina is ready to go).
General observations since last report
are moving en masse to the right. The top three clubs total 86 players. That is
down from 98 last time despite 13 players having come down from
v The lower-level two rosters, Quad Cities 1 and 2, expanded from 62 to 69 since last time despite 17 minor league releases.
v Certainly more cuts are coming as is a further shift of more players into QC 2, the start of the extended spring training group.
Club roster observations
Hill reports to
five starters are listed at
v On the other hand, QC 1 has 11 starters, not counting the names noted in limbo – in between the starters and relievers - a group I believe may be limited in their pitching.
v A piece of good news is that the rehab list of five did not grow from the last report, indicating a pretty healthy camp to date.
P Beach (30)
Quad C1 (36)
Quad C2 (33) P
DeJesus, An MacLane
Edwards, Ju Ottavino
Hernandez, H Hearne
Johnson, C Kopp
Smith, J Russell
Diaz (T/O) Cruz, T
Garcia, A Cutler
Montero Alcala Moscatel 1B
Castillo, Y Greene, T
DeLaCruz, R Howard
Hill, V Henley
Smith, R Shorey
Remember the schedule
The master Cardinals minor league spring training schedule is listed here.
Daily minor league game recaps continue
Though Monday's minor league games were rained out, I am running recaps of each day's minor league games again this spring at my blog, TheCardinalNationBlog.com. Game results, player highlights and photos are provided each evening covering that afternoon's results and a look ahead to the next day.
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