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Cardinals spring training rosters and numerology

New and changed uniform numbers for players invited to St. Louis Cardinals major league spring training.

    On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that 17 non-roster invitees (NRIs) will be attending spring training camp along with the 38 players already on the 40-man roster. As always, there are two places to get the ongoing scoop on which players are where.

    The roster pages at The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com have a wealth of free information. For example, here is the St. Louis 2010 page. Generally, the players there are the ones that are either on major league deals or ended the 2009 season in the majors. The other spring invitees are sprinkled throughout the Memphis and Springfield roster pages.

    Be aware that Scout has not flipped the default view of rosters over to 2010, so you will have to use the dropdown box to get the current year. I have freshened the free player pages for 2010 for all 300 Cardinals players under contract. You’ll see all articles related to the players, links to stat sites, scouting video for many players, current bios and multiple years of season highlights and many photos. I continue to believe this is an underutilized resource as there is nowhere on the web where this much information about a player can be found in one place.

    The other ongoing source is the roster matrix, still maintained right here. At this point of the year, I am not worried terribly about minor league levels. I am more focused on keeping every name current. All of the 38 players on the 40-man roster are in bold and the 17 NRIs are in italics. The matrix will come in even handier once the season begins when you want to see the entire system in one place.

    For those interested, here are some spring training uniform numbers of interest for those attending the MLB camp. By default, many of them, especially the NRIs, will be on the move soon, so most of their player pages have not been changed to reflect these transient numbers:

    40-man roster (where there are high numbers and/or changes)

    54 Jaime Garcia
    65 Ben Jukich
    71 Tyler Norrick
    75 Adam Ottavino
    33 Brad Penny
    73 Francisco Samuel
    62 P.J. Walters
    67 Bryan Anderson
    83 Mark Hamilton
    66 Allen Craig
    7 Matt Holliday
    68 Jon Jay
    84 Daryl Jones
    22 Joe Mather
    64 Shane Robinson
    34 Nick Stavinoha

    NRIs

    48 Rich Hill
    70 Lance Lynn
    76 Evan MacLane
    77 Pete Parise
    78 Oneli Perez
    72 Fernando Salas
    79 Eduardo Sanchez
    99 Charlie Zink
    80 Tony Cruz
    81 Charles Cutler
    82 Steven Hill
    86 Robert Stock
    87 Daniel Descalso
    3 Ruben Gotay
    88 Pete Kozma
    89 Donovan Solano
    74 Tyler Henley

    For those subscribers interested in the minor leagues, I have posted the minors spring training schedules and notification of four new signees on the main The Cardinal Nation home page. Next up for The Cardinal Nation subscribers will be the minor league spring camp invitees.

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