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The Cardinals organization roster matrix: VSL version


Hopefully, you have been here to the site previously and know what the Cardinals organization roster matrix is all about. If not, here is a quick summary:

The St. Louis Cardinals currently have at least 281 players under contract. The matrix places each one at his current assigned level in the system as well as by position. It is kept updated throughout the season.

The occasion for this refresh is the opening of the Venezuelan Summer League season. Subscribers to Scout.com can read more about what I’ve written there on the subject, but here we have an overview of the 34-man VSL opening roster.

The next update of the roster matrix should be coming within the next ten days to two weeks as the Dominican Summer League will open. Following that, the players in Extended Spring Training will couple with next month’s draftees to define the 2009 Batavia, Johnson City and Gulf Coast League rosters.

For details behind the codes used in the matrix as well as 2009 transactions to date, check out the earlier versions of the Cardinals organization roster matrix as follows:

Link to previous matrices: January – March, 2009, April – May, 2009

Transactions

May 19 update: Signed VSL pitchers John De Aguas, Angelo Echeverria, Johnny Polanco, Ramon Ulacio and Dail Villanueva. New total 281.

May 20 update: RHP Chris Carpenter activated by StL, OF Shane Robinson optioned to Mem.

May 21 update: LHP Jonny Bravo to QC DL. RHR Jason Buursma from EST to QC. Mem C Brandon Yarbrough placed on DL eff 5/20. LHR Charlie Manning outrighted off 40-man roster.

May 23 update: OF Jon Edwards placed on QC DL. OF Jairo Martinez from EST to QC. 1B Mark Hamilton to Spr DL. 1B Matt Arburr from PB to Spr.

May 24 update: OF Rick Ankiel activated from DL, SS Tyler Greene optioned to Mem. Spr LHR Joe Williams released. RHR Eduardo Sanchez from PB to Spr. RHR Casey Mulligan QC to PB. New total 280.

May 25 update: RHS David Kopp from PB to Spr. RHR Joel Pichardo from EST to QC. RHR Kyle Mura to Spr DL. IF Donovan Solano returned to Spr from Mem.

May 27 update: RHS Josh Wilson placed on restricted list from QC active roster. RHS Brett Zawacki from EST to QC. Spr RHR Eddie Degerman to DL.

May 29 update: OF Ryan Ludwick activated from DL. SS Khalil Greene placed on 15-day DL. OF Joe Mather activated from Mem DL. 1B Javier Brito placed on Mem DL. Eff 5/31, QC moves to five-man rotation with Adam Veres and Scott McGregor to the pen.

May 30 update: 2B Aaron Luna activated from QC DL and assigned to PB. LHR Kristhiam Linares activated from Spr DL and assigned to PB.

June 1 update: RHS Deryk Hooker activated from QC restricted list and assigned to EST (Batavia). RHS Nick Additon to PB DL, RHR Shaun Garceau to PB DL. IF Oliver Marmol act from PB DL. RHP Elvis Hernandez activated from Spr DL and assigned to PB.

June 3 update: RHS Tyler Herron released from Spr. RHR Eddie Degerman act from Spr DL. New total 280.

June 4 update: RHR Blaine Boyer DFAed. RHR Jess Todd from Mem to StL. LHR Ian Ostlund act from Mem DL.

June 5 update: RHS Kyle Lohse onto StL DL. IF Tyler Greene from Mem to StL. C Blake Murphy act from QC DL and promoted to PB.

June 6 update: C Nick Derba promoted from PB to Spr. RHS Blake Hawksworth from Mem to StL. RHR Jess Todd from StL to Mem. IF Donovan Solano from Spr to Mem.


The St. Louis Cardinals Roster Matrix (effective 06/06/09)

St. Louis (25+5) 40-man (38)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Carpenter Franklin LaRue Pujols Schumaker K Greene (i)
Glaus (i) Ankiel
Lohse (i)
Thompson Molina Thurston Ryan Duncan
Pineiro McClellan Barden Ludwick
Wainwright Motte (4) T Greene (16) Rasmus (1)
Wellemeyer C Perez Stavinoha (35)
Ja Garcia (9iL) Miller (L)
Hawksworth Reyes (L)

Memphis (24+5)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF

Boyer (DFA) Anderson (3) Brito (i) Hoffpauir Solano Craig (18) Jay (12)
Mortensen (11) Salas (31) Pagnozzi Rowlett Freese (5i) Mather
Parisi (i) Scherer Yarbrough (i) Wallace (2) Shorey
Walters (17) Kinney (20) Robinson (27)
Ottavino (15) Maekawa (L)
Boggs (10) Ostlund (L)
MacLane (L) Manning (L)
Ring (L)
Todd (7)
Others (1)
Cazana
(Mexico)
Springfield (24+8)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Kopp (28) Mura (i) Hill (34) A Brown (i) Descalso Kozma (8) Folli Jones (6)
M Gonzalez T Cruz (36) Hamilton (i) Jo Martinez (37ti) Rapoport
Hearne Degerman Derba C Smith (40) Ant. DeJesus
Fiske (iL) Parise Arburr Henley
Lynn (14) Samuel (21)
Kulik (L) McCormick (i)
Dew (i)
Norrick (L)
Dickson
Furnish (L)
Sanchez
Maiques (susp)
Palm Beach (25+2)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Broderick Diapoules Rivera Marmol Bolivar Curtis Chambers
R Castillo (19) Eager Vazquez Jo Garcia Sedbrook Pham
Additon (26iL) King Murphy Luna (39) Peterson
Gorgen (22) Reifer (24) Swauger
Fick Linares (L)
Freeman (L)
Garceau (29i)
Mulligan
E Hernandez
Quad Cities (25+4)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Daley, Jr. Carpenter Cutler Morales Toribio Vasquez (13) Parejo
Zawacki Delgado Espinoza A Castellanos Edwards (23i)
Buursma Lilley P Cruz
Bravo (iL) Rosales Toribio Bogany
Bradford (i) M Tapia Mitchell
Nieto Pichardo Ja Martinez
Cardenas (L) Veres
Thomas McGregor
J Wilson (restr)
Ext. Spring (63)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
A Cruz A Castillo A Perez D Medina Landin Alvarez Teran Babrick
Ang. De Jesus Castro Rigoli L Mateo Y Castillo R DeLaCruz (38) Gomez
Arredondo Calero Cawley Scruggs Mambell Hage
Blazek Frevert L DeLaCruz Mosquera Ingram
Diaz Maertz Moscatel Obregon
Fornataro Mayes Polanco R Ruiz Lara
Javier Munoz Alcala Valera Rivero
Leach Orozco R Rodriguez
North Ortiz R Rosario
Notti Riportella
R Gonzalez Rondon Shepherd
Rada Russell Swinson
Richardson Y Gonzalez
Rios J Castellanos (L)
Santos Siegrist (L)
Hooker (32)
A Ferrara (L)
G Brown (L)
EST (visa delay 2)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Estalis J Castillo (susp)
Batavia (TBD)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Johnson City (TBD)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
GCL (TBD)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
DSL (32)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
A Tapia Concepcion V Ferreira Pimentel Avila Cabrera Villar Beras
Franco E Rivera L Perez Hiraldo G Hernandez Encarnacion
Jimenez M Martinez Montero J Lopez J Pena
Pasen Pinard W Perez Reyes
Urena D Rodriguez (L) Sandoval
Herrera (L) Mercedes (L) Taveras
L Rosario (L) P Pena (L)
Uribe (L)
VSL (34+1)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Avendano Cedeno Rivas R Perez M Marquez O Medina H Garcia Argenal
Bier F Marquez Viloria Vargas Yegues Cortez
Corpas Guzman Velazco Vivas (susp) H Martina Fonseca
Nieves Polanco Inojoza
Oraa Ulacio A Castellano
Colorado (L) Ramos Martines
Solarte
Weffer (L)
R Alvarado (L)
De Aguas (L)
Echeverria (L)
Villanueva (L)

Codes:

(#): My Cardinals prospect ranking from over the winter at Scout.com

(i): injured – on the disabled list

(t): temporary inactive list

(susp): suspended list

(restr): restricted list

(L) left-handed pitcher

Bold: on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster

(#+#) number of active players on the roster plus number of inactive (i+t+susp+restr) players

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