Eight such players fit in that latter category, no longer listed on the working rosters below. Further information about the releases can be found here, here and here. In addition, minor league Rule 5 addition Matt Cerda has left camp and is considering his future plans. His status will be updated when resolved.
Nine players have been added to the Memphis working roster from St. Louis in the last week – eight pitchers plus infielder Ryan Jackson. The domino effect of those changes led to four pitchers moving from Memphis to Springfield.
Even so, as the data below indicates, there is a space problem. 17 pitchers are with Memphis and 16 more in Springfield are competing for at most 12 jobs at each level. Add to that four more pitchers yet to be cut from St. Louis and you can get a feel for the size of the jam.
The large numbers of pitchers at Peoria are less troublesome, as the less-experienced arms that do not come north with the team can continue to compete at extended spring training camp.
There is also a current excess of catchers, at least one at each level, but a liberal use of the disabled list is a common solution to those issues. Infielders and outfielders are also a couple of players high on each working roster compared to likely opening day needs.
As always, these working rosters are shared for your interest. Please remember they are written in pencil until camp breaks at the end of the month. All players that moved levels since last week's rosters were published are noted in bold.
St. Louis Cardinals working minor league spring training rosters – 3/21/13
|Memphis||Springfield||Palm Beach||Peoria 1||Peoria 2|
|P||Additon (L)||Almarante||Y Castillo||Aldrete||Bautista|
|Ri Castillo||Ferrara (L)||Gaviglio||S Garcia||Foody (L)|
|Fornataro||Hald (L)||H Hernandez (L)||Harris||Gerdel|
|Gast (L)||Kiekhefer (L)||Jenkins||Helisek (L)||Jones|
|Greenwood (L)||McGregor||Paulino||S Lopez||J Lucas|
|Hooker||T Miller||Stock||Melling (L)||Paredes|
|Lyons (L)||Miranda (L)||Villanueva (L)||O'Shea (L)||Perdomo|
|Sanchez||Sherriff (L)||Renfro (L)||Sabatino (L)|
|C||J Castillo||Keener||Bean||J Gomez||L Cruz|
|1B||Jon Rodriguez||D Medina||Schaffer||Argenal||Almaraz|
|Curtis||Lu Mateo||C Kelly||Martin||R Medina|
|Jackson||Pritchard||B Valera||Le Mateo||Peoples-Walls|
|S Rodriguez||M Williams||Vargas||L Perez|
All of these are identical to last week's names.
|B Freeman (L)|
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