Fewer than 100 will make the cut, many of whom will be catching plane flights on Sunday and Monday to their potential new playing destination in preparation to hear their names announced and sprint out of the dugout to stand on the white lines on opening day, Thursday, April 8.
A handful of the less fortunate will be placed on the disabled list at one level or another with the vast majority of the unassigned remaining behind in Jupiter, Florida for extended spring training camp.
The Cardinals four full-season clubs are:
Though preliminary rosters are being used prior to Thursday for local activities such as media days, open houses, player meet and greet events, etc, the reality is that until Thursday, changes can and will be made. Therefore, nothing you see or hear from here or anywhere else should be considered the "official opening day rosters." They just don't exist yet.
For example, one position where expected churn will occur is catcher, where projected Memphis starter Matt Pagnozzi remains with the major league club as insurance for recently-injured regulars Yadier Molina and Jason LaRue. The Springfield News-Leader reported on Saturday that Tony Cruz, now listed on Memphis' roster, will be assigned to Palm Beach instead.
Further, as you will see below, none of the clubs are yet down to their required season-opening 24/25-man roster limit. As such, further movement is not only expected, it will be a necessity.
With all those caveats, here are the working rosters as of Saturday, April 3.
|Memphis (27)||Springfield (28)||Palm Beach (30)||Quad Cities (27)|
|Dickson, Brandon||Additon, Nick*||Bittle, Scott||Blazek, Mike|
|Hearne, Trey||Daley, Gary||Bradford, Jared||Calhoun, Dan*|
|Hill, Rich*||Dew, Josh||Broderick, Brian||Corrigan, Chris|
|Kinney, Josh||Eager, Thomas||Brown, George*||Fornataro, Eric|
|Lynn, Lance||Fick, Chuckie||Buursma, Jason||Hooker, Deryk|
|MacLane, Evan||Garceau, Shaun||Carpenter, David||Kelly, Joe|
|Norrick, Tyler*||Gorgen, Scott||Castillo, Richard|
|Ottavino, Adam||King, Blake||Delgado, Ramon||Mayes, La Curtis|
|Parise, Pete||Kopp, David||Diapoules, Mark||Miller, Shelby|
|Perez, Oneli||Kulik, Ryan*||Notti, Chris|
|Rundles, Rich*||Meyer, Matt*||Frevert, Matt||Rondon, Jorge|
|Salas, Fernando||Mura, Kyle||McGregor, Scott||Schneider, Scott|
|Scherer, Matt||Reifer, Adam||Mulligan, Casey||Simpson, Jesse|
|Walters, P.J.||Samuel, Francisco||Nieto, Arquimedes||Tapia, Miguel|
|Sanchez, Eduardo||Pichardo, Joel||Terry, Aaron|
|Anderson, Bryan*||Cutler, Charles*||DeLaCruz, Luis||Castro, Ivan|
|Cruz, Tony||Hill, Steven||Derba, Nick||Stock, Robert|
|Descalso, Daniel*||Brown, Andrew||Bolivar, Domnit||Adams, Matt*|
|Gotay, Ruben||Folli, Mike#||Carpenter, Matt*||Jackson, Ryan|
|Greene, Tyler||Kozma, Pete||Curtis, Jermaine||Rodriguez, Jonathan|
|Hamilton, Mark*||Martinez, Jose||Garcia, Jose||Stidham, Jason*|
|Howard, Kevin*||Sedbrook, Colt||Marmol, Oliver||Vasquez, Niko|
|Solano, Donovan||Smith, Curt||Morales, Osvaldo||Mateo, Luis|
|Cazana, Amaury||Chambers, Adron*||Castellanos, Alex||Conley, Kyle|
|Henley, Tyler*||DeJesus, Antonio*||Pham, Tommy||Ingram, D'Marcus|
|Jay, Jon*||Jones, Daryl*||Swauger, Chris*||Parejo, Frederick|
|Robinson, Shane||Luna, Aaron||Rodriguez, Ryde|
|Shorey, Mark*||Rapoport, Jim*||Shepherd, Devin|
Following are the projected extended spring training holdovers and the players in the rehab program, open to the same disclaimers as noted above. 20 additional players are traveling to Florida to join this group of 45 this coming week.
|Extended ST (45)||Rehab (4)|
|Butler, Keith||Cardenas, Hector*|
|Daugherty, Pat*||Echevarria, Angelo|
|DeJesus, Angel||Freeman, Samuel*|
|Edwards, Justin*||Perez, Audry|
|Beatty, CJ #|
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