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|
|SS||Gerardo Mambell||Gulf Coast|
|3B||Kleininger Teran||Johnson City|
|OF||Joe Babrick||Gulf Coast|
|OF||Alberto Rivero||Gulf Coast|
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.
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.
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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