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Springfield Cardinals 2009 opening roster

In preparation for their Sunday road exhibition against the Quad Cities River Bandits, the Springfield Cardinals of the Double-A Texas League have announced their 24-man season-opening roster.

At first blush, the team may look heavy at first base and light in the outfield, but be aware that Andrew Brown (pictured) can also play in the outfield and saw considerable time there in spring training. Skipper Ron “Pop” Warner was quoted in the Springfield paper saying that Steven Hill would be given 60 starts behind the plate with the rest of his time at first and in the outfield.

# Pitchers (12) B/T Ht Wt DOB Acquired 2008 teams
24 Brandon Dickson R/R 6-5 190 11/3/1984 FA/06 Palm Beach/Springfield
31 Justin Fiske L/L 5-11 185 9/3/1984 FA/07 Quad Cities/PB/Springfield
32 Brad Furnish L/L 6-1 185 1/19/1985 2nd/06 Palm Beach/Springfield
33 Trey Hearne R/R 6-1 193 8/19/1983 28th/05 Minatitlan
29 Elvis Hernandez R/R 6-3 180 4/27/1985 FA/05 Palm Beach
23 Tyler Herron R/R 6-3 190 8/5/1986 1st/05 Palm Beach/Springfield
30 Kristhiam Linares L/L 6-1 175 5/17/1986 FA/08 Did not play
27 Kenny Maiques R/R 6-0 170 6/25/1985 37th/05 Quad Cities/Palm Beach
36 Kyle Mura R/R 6-4 215 11/24/1984 42nd/06 Palm Beach/Springfield
26 Tyler Norrick L/L 6-3 190 9/27/1983 6th/06 Palm Beach
16 Pete Parise R/R 6-1 180 12/5/1984 FA/07 Quad Cities/Palm Beach
19 Francisco Samuel R/R 6-2 150 12/20/1986 FA/06 Palm Beach
Catchers (2)
10 Tony Cruz R/R 5-11 205 8/18/1986 26th/07 Palm Beach
21 Steven Hill R/R 5-11 190 3/14/1985 13th/07 Palm Beach/Springfield
Infielders (6)
18 Andrew Brown R/R 6-0 185 9/10/1984 18th/07 Quad Cities/PB/Springfield
44 Brandon Buckman L/L 6-6 225 2/14/1984 19th/06 Palm Beach/Springfield
3 Daniel Descalso L/R 5-10 190 10/19/1986 3rd/07 Palm Beach/Springfield
8 Mike Folli S/R 5-10 175 7/17/1985 42nd/07 Quad Cities/Palm Beach
11 Donovan Solano R/R 5-10 185 12/17/1987 FA/05 Palm Beach/Springfield
25 Brett Wallace L/R 6-1 245 8/26/1986 1st/08 Quad Cities/Springfield
Outfielders (4)
5 Antonio DeJesus L/L 5-11 185 1/25/1986 16th/07 Palm Beach
12 Tyler Henley L/L 5-11 200 6/10/1985 8th/07 Palm Beach
4 Daryl Jones L/L 6-0 180 6/25/1987 3rd/05 Palm Beach/Springfield
7 Jim Rapoport L/L 6-0 180 6/25/1985 35th/06 Palm Beach/Springfield

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