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The Cardinals organization roster matrix: Pre-camp update

The St. Louis Cardinals full system rosters are refreshed to reflect spring training camps, both major and minor league.

Welcome to first-time readers arriving here due to the first of my weekly Cardinals Minor League Notebook columns in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. With the start of major league spring training camp and minor leaguers reporting in less than two weeks, it is time for a refresh of the St. Louis Cardinals system roster matrix.

If you are new to the site and aren’t sure what the Cardinals organization roster matrix is all about, here is quick summary.

At the time of this posting, the St. Louis Cardinals have 285 players under contract from top to bottom. 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 as transactions occur.

Nowhere else will you find this current and comprehensive single-page view of the entire Cardinals organization.

Its major scope in this update is to highlight those invited to each of the two spring training camps. The rosters upon which the players are listed generally reflect where they concluded last season or the type of contract they signed and frankly mean very little at this stage.

The 38 players on the 40-man roster, who received automatic invites to major league camp, are called out in bold. They have been joined at spring training by 19 non-roster invitees, denoted in italics.

147 more players will arrive in minor league camp starting on March 8. Starting from the top of the matrix, those players include all those not in bold or italics down through Batavia. All of the 2009 Johnson City players with the exception of two, John Durham and Kleininger Teran, have also been invited.

The final group of minor league camp invitees consists of eight designated players from the 2009 Gulf Coast League team and one from last season’s Dominican Summer League squad. These JC, GCL and DSL players are broken out separately below. (Players noted on the suspended or restricted lists are excluded until reinstated.)

In a look ahead, the two Johnson City players, the remainder of the 2009 GCL roster and a good helping of the older players from the Dominican Summer League and Venezuelan Summer League will join the spring camp leftovers in extended spring training, starting in early April. Along with this June’s draftees, these players will staff the 2010 Batavia, Johnson City and GCL clubs.

You may note that I separated the pitchers on the short-season rosters between 2009 draftees and returning pitchers. At this point, starting and relieving roles at the lower levels can and will change. There will also certainly be some positional adjustments coming.

Remember that to get detailed profile information on every single one of these 285 Cardinals players, simply check out their free player profiles now updated for 2010 at The Cardinal Nation / Scout.com. You can see bios, photos, videos, articles, news items, links to current season and career stats and much more – everything you need to know about a player in one place.

For example, this is the link to the 2010 roster page for Memphis. Click on an individual player’s name to be taken to his profile page. Here is Adam Ottavino’s profile.

This will be the version of the roster matrix I will be updating the rest of the spring, so now that you’ve found this page once, remember one of three ways to get back here. Bookmark the page, type “Roster Matrix” in the dark blue search box at the upper right or use the dropdown menu at the top of the page: “Players/Staff” > “Depth Charts/Roster Matrix”.

For details behind past 2009 rosters and 2010 transactions to date, check out the earlier versions of the Cardinals organization roster matrix as follows.

Link to previous matrices: Jan–March 2009, April 2009, May 2009, June 2009 July 2009-February 2010

Transactions

2/26: Signed IF Felipe Lopez. Signed 14 DSL players: C Fernando Baez, 2B Starlin Rodriguez, SS Rafael Medina, SS Junior Agustin, SS Daniel Barbuena, OF Amauris Capellan, OF Ronald Castillo, OF Eduardo Celestino, RHPs Ariel Gonzalez, Jean Carlos De La Cruz, Victor De Leon, Hansel De Los Santos, Eduardo Hiraldo and Arturo Toribio. Signed seven VSL players: C Jose Gomez, OF Jose Martinez (noted as Jo Martinez2 below), OF Jhohan Acevedo, RHPs Alberth Almeida, Silfredo Garcia, Anderson Gerdel and Geudy Guerra. New total 307.

3/17: C Paul Vazquez retired. OF Kaiser Inojosa released. New total 305.

3/18: Rule 5 pick LHP Ben Jukich returned to CIN after clearing outright waivers. New total 304.

3/23: Seven released. Ps Justin Fiske, Andres Rosales, Jonathan Gonzalez, Reynier Gonzalez and Marco Gonzalez, 1B Matt Arburr and C Blake Murphy. New total 297.

3/26: Ten released. Ps Brad Furnish, Tyler Lavigne, Randy Santos, Adam Veres, Santo Maertz, Charlie Zink, Pedro Rodriguez and Yoffri Martinez, OFs Travis Mitchell and Edwin Gomez. New total 287.

3/31: SS Julio Lugo traded to Baltimore Orioles. New total 286. 40-man at 37.

The St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix (effective 03/31/10)

St. Louis (25) 40-man (37)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
C Carpenter Franklin LaRue Pujols Schumaker Ryan Freese Holliday
Lohse Kinney Molina Lopez Ludwick
Penny Boggs Rasmus
Wainwright Motte Craig
McClellan Hawksworth Stavinoha
T Miller (L) Mather
Reyes (L)
Memphis (24) 9 NRI
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
O Perez Parise Anderson Hamilton Descalso Greene Solano Jay
MacLane Salas Pagnozzi Gotay Howard Cazana

Scherer Shorey
Ottavino Rundles (L) Robinson
Ja Garcia (L) Meyer (L)
R Hill Norrick (L)
Walters
Springfield (30) 7 NRI
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Lynn Freeman (L) S Hill A Brown Jo Garcia
Kozma Folli Jones
Hearne Sanchez T Cruz Jo Martinez1 Henley
Gorgen Samuel Derba Sedbrook Ant. DeJesus
Dickson Rapoport
Kulik (L) Fick Luna
Additon (L) Dew
King
Summers
Daley, Jr.
Mura
Mulligan
Palm Beach (22) 1 NRI
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Broderick Buursma Cutler Rivera Marmol M Carpenter Chambers
Ri Castillo Eager C Smith A Castellanos Pham
Nieto Bradford Morales Swauger
Reifer
Diapoules Garceau
G Brown (L)
Kopp
Bittle
Quad Cities (25+1) 2 NRI
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
S Miller D Carpenter Stock Scruggs Stidham Curtis Parejo
Fornataro Delgado Espinoza Bolivar Racobaldo Ingram
Schneider Pichardo R Rodriguez
Thomas McCully Bogany
Cardenas (L) M Tapia
Zawacki Frevert
McGregor
Rondon
M Harris (mil)
Batavia (23+1)
2009 draft P Other P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Calhoun (L) Blazek L DeLaCruz Adams Jackson N Vasquez Swinson
Corrigan Hooker Castro Ahmady (susp) Goodwin
Ju Edwards (L)
Kelly Mayes Jo Edwards
Siegrist (L) Conley
Moss Shepherd
Squatrito
J Smith
Simpson
Terry
Johnson City (29)
2009 draft P Other P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
C Johnson A Ferrara (L) Tartamella J Rodriguez L Mateo Y Castillo Beatty
Heim (L) North A Perez Obregon R Smith
Kington Notti R Ruiz Lara
Lawler Russell Alvarez R Rosario
Butler Rada Hage
Novak
Daugherty (L) Ang. De Jesus
M Thompson
Extended spring
Durham (L) Teran
GCL (19+1)
2009 draft P Other P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
M DeLaCruz (L) Calero D Medina Mambell Babrick
Avendano Bighames (susp)
A Castillo Rivero
Munoz
Orozco
Pasen
Regular spring
H Hernamdez (L) A Garcia Washington Valera R DeLaCruz V Hill
Rosenthal Moscatel
DSL (46+1)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
A Tapia Concepcion J Castillo Pimentel W Perez G Hernandez Beras
Santana L Mata L Perez V Ferreira J Lopez R Medina Encarnacion
Jimenez Rudecindo Baez S Rodriguez Barbuena J Pena
Uribe (L) Urena Agustin R Reyes
Pinard D Rodriguez (L) Sandoval
Herrera (L) Mercedes (L) Taveras
S Lopez P Pena (L) Capellan
Paulino Ro Castillo
A Gonzalez Segundo (susp) Celestino
JC DeLaCruz B Martinez
DeLeon Estalis
DeLosSantos L Polanco
E Hiraldo
A Toribio
Regular spring
Alcala
VSL (39+1)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Colorado (L) Cedeno Rivas R Perez Vivas O Medina H Garcia Argenal
Bier Cueto Viloria Vargas R Garcia Martines
Corpas Guzman Velazco H Martina Fonseca
Nieves Jh Polanco Montero Inojoza
Oraa Ulacio J Gomez A Castellano
Escudero Jo Martinez2
Almeida Solarte Acevedo
S Garcia Weffer (L)
Gerdel Montanez
Guerra De Aguas (L)
Echeverria (L)
Villanueva (susp L)

Codes
(i): injured – on the disabled list
(t): temporary inactive list
(susp): suspended list
(L) left-handed pitcher
bold: on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster
italics: non-roster spring training camp invitee
(#+#) number of active players on the roster plus number of inactive (i+t+susp) players

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