37 players have been invited, including 16 pitchers and 21 position players. That compares to 16 and 23, respectively, last fall. Though most competed in short-season ball this past summer, several have reached as far as A-Advanced Palm Beach.
Here is the breakdown by current level of play:
|Short-season A||State College||4|
Among the 37 are a dozen members of the Cardinals' 2013 draft class plus highly-touted free agent pitching signee Alex Reyes. Other invitees selected in the first 11 rounds this June are infielder Mason Katz (4th), left-hander Ian McKinney (5th), shortstop Chris Rivera (7th), second baseman Malik Collymore (10th) and right-hander Steven Farinaro (11th). Collymore is scheduled to complete his current stint with Canada's 18U junior national team on September 9.
Seven players are currently in full-season ball, led by Gonzales and Tilson from Palm Beach. The others, all with Peoria, are pitchers Jones, Tuivailala and Brady Adamek, recently-acquired shortstop Juan Herrera and McElroy.
At the lowest end of the experience spectrum, four players are coming to the US for the first time from the Dominican Summer League. They are right-handers Frederis Parra and Ramon Santos plus shortstop Edmundo Sosa and outfielder Bladimil Franco. They will be joined by Robelys Reyes, who played most of the season in the DSL. The infielder recently secured his US visa and joined Johnson City last week.
Here is the breakdown by individual:
|Adamek, Brady||RHP||Peo||Bean, Steve||C||JC|
|Baez, Fernando||RHP||JC||Cruz, Luis||C||GCL|
|Bautista, Juan||RHP||SC||Godoy, Jose||C||GCL|
|Farinaro, Steven||RHP||GCL||Rodriguez, Elier||C||GCL|
|Gallardo, Steven||RHP||GCL||Voit, Luke||C||SC|
|Jones, Cory||RHP||Peo||Collymore, Malik||2B||GCL|
|Kaminsky, Rob||LHP||GCL||Herrera, Juan||SS||Peo|
|McKinney, Ian||LHP||GCL||Katz, Mason||1B||SC|
|Parra, Frederis||RHP||DSL||Kelly, Carson||3B||SC|
|Perdomo, Luis||RHP||JC||Mercado, Oscar||SS||GCL|
|Perez, Dewin||LHP||GCL||Peoples-Walls, Kenny||SS||JC|
|Perez, Juan||RHP||GCL||Pina, Leobaldo||SS||GCL|
|Reyes, Alex||RHP||JC||Reyes, Robelys||IF||JC|
|Santos, Ramon||RHP||DSL||Rivera, Chris||SS||GCL|
|Tuivailala, Sam||RHP||Peo||Sosa, Edmundo||SS||DSL|
The players are scheduled to arrive on Monday, September 16. Daily 1 p.m. games begin on the 24th on an every-three day rotating schedule of a camp day, then games against the nearby Mets and Marlins, respectively. The final contests will be played on Thursday, October 10.
A number of Cardinals minor league coaches will participate in some or all of instructs, led by camp coordinator Mark DeJohn. The field manager for games will be State College skipper Oliver Marmol. The systems' three coordinators will also be present – Derrick May (hitting), Brent Strom (pitching) and Luis Aguayo (infield).
In addition to the 37 regular invitees, the Cardinals' Arizona Fall League contingent of seven players will again be present. They will prepare for their time in the desert by participating in Instructional League during the week of September 24. Along with manager Mike Shildt, the AFL players will report to the Salt River Rafters in Scottsdale, Ariz. on October 2.
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