Cardinals Extended Spring Training Invitees

21 additional players have been invited to St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp, which begins on April 6.

Regular minor league spring training will be ending on April 3rd and 4th for the roughly 100 players that will break camp as a member of one of the St. Louis Cardinals full-season clubs. They are the Memphis Redbirds of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, the Double-A Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League, the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League and the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League.

The other 50 or so players staying behind will be joined by 21 new arrivals when the annual extended spring training camp begins on April 6. These players are considered to be candidates to join one of the aforementioned full-season clubs at some point this season, performance and opportunity willing, of course.

As in regular spring training, the coaching staff will be led by Mike Shildt, who is also the manager of Johnson City. The Cardinals Appalachian League affiliate will be one of the teams partially staffed by the extended spring participants and augmented by new signees from this June's draft.

Position Player 2009 final club
LHP John Durham Johnson City
RHP Javier Avendano Gulf Coast
RHP Jose Calero Gulf Coast
RHP Amaury Castillo Gulf Coast
LHP Manuel De La Cruz Gulf Coast
RHP Orlando Muñoz Gulf Coast
RHP Luis Orozco Gulf Coast
RHP Jose Pasen Gulf Coast
RHP Charllan Jimenez Dominican
RHP Michael Santana Dominican
RHP Hector Corpas Venezuelan
2B Wader Perez Dominican
IF Ildemaro Vargas Venezuelan
SS Gerardo Mambell Gulf Coast
3B Kleininger Teran Johnson City
3B Hector Garcia Venezuelan
OF Joe Babrick Gulf Coast
OF Alberto Rivero Gulf Coast
OF Roberto Reyes Dominican
OF Oscar Taveras Dominican

Eight of these extended spring training camp invitees will be making their first trip to play ball in the USA. Three of the newbies suited up in the Venezuelan Summer League while the other five suited up in the Dominican Republic in 2009.

Last summer, the other dozen either competed for Johnson City (two) or the Gulf Coast League Cardinals (ten). The remainder of the 2009 Johnson City and GCL rosters were earlier invited to regular minor league spring training camp.

2009 level Number
Johnson City 2
Gulf Coast 10
Dominican 5
Venezuelan 3
Total 20

Just over half of the group, 11 of the 20, are pitchers, including a pair of left-handers. The rest of the position breakdown includes three middle infielders, a pair of third basemen and four outfielders. The catching will be handled by the ample number of them remaining behind after regular spring training.

Position Number
3B 2
OF 4
Total 20

Update: In addition to the 20 players listed above, outfielder David Medina is also participating in extended spring training camp. The Dominican Native played for the GCL Cardinals each of the last two seasons.

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