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Predicting the Cardinals non-roster invitees

It is nearing the annual time when major league clubs disclose their non-roster players (NRIs) invited to major league camp. They will join the members of the 40-man roster who by definition attend big-league training.

Currently, the St. Louis Cardinals have 39 players in the latter group and according to a report from Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch, there will be 19 players in the former group. While the 19 have been informed of their selection, the club has not yet released their names. That could come as soon as this weekend, during Winter Warm-Up.

We already are pretty sure about 10 of the 19. They include prospects Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins, Kolten Wong, Matt Adams, Jordan Swagerty, Joe Kelly and Nick Greenwood. Then, there are three veteran NRIs in Koyie Hill, R.J. Swindle and Eugenio Velez.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to guess the identities of the other nine players. Post your guess below, but only one guess per person, please. If someone ends up on the target or very close, I may come up with a prize in recognition.

For quick assistance, refer to the Roster Matrix, always kept up to date here at The Cardinal Nation Blog. There, you can see all players in the system by level and position, including the 39 players currently on the roster. Click here or you can always access current as well as past matrices from the “Players/Staff” > “Depth Charts/Roster Matrix” dropdown on the menu bar at the top of this page.

Cardinals pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Jupiter, FL on February 18 and conduct their first workout on February 19. The remainder of the Cardinals’ players will be scheduled to report February 23 with their first workout on February 24.

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27 Responses to “Predicting the Cardinals non-roster invitees”

  1. rchiii says:

    Martinez
    Rosenthal
    Taveras
    Jo Garcia
    Ryan Jackson
    Pham
    Blazek
    Derba
    Addition

  2. blingboy says:

    Marte
    Browning
    Additon
    Todd

    Derba
    Stock

    R. Jackson
    A. Cazana
    Swauger

  3. crdswmn says:

    Yadi has backed out of the Winter Warmup again this year. This year’s excuse is “scheduling conflict”. I find this behavior disturbing. Maybe early signs that he is planning to Pujols the Cardinals after this season?

  4. Bw52 says:

    my guess at the 9.
    Shooter Hunt P
    Barrett Browning LP
    Nick Additon LP
    Jess Todd
    Brian Broderick

    Ryan Jackson SS
    Steven Hill C-1B
    Nick Derba C
    Xavier Scruggs 1B

  5. ks2213 says:

    My guess is:

    Pitchers:
    Hunt
    Broderick
    Browning
    Gast

    Catchers:
    A. Perez
    Derba

    Infielders:
    R. Jackson
    Jo. Garcia

    Outfielders:
    Cazana

  6. CariocaCardinal says:

    I’ll go on record as saying Shooter Hunt won’t be on the list!

    The only change I would make to Brian’s list is that Nick Additon would be off and Jose Garcia would be in but that might leave too few pitchers in camp.

    There might be a few like Shelby a couple of years ago that are brought to camp but aren’t considered Spring Training invites.

    Are the Cards repeating there minor league early mini-camp this year?

  7. blingboy says:

    Leach said this regarding the 2B merry-go-round:

    “The hope is that that trend stops within a few years, as Kolten Wong (or perhaps Zack Cox) arrives to nail down the keystone for a few years.”

    http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120112&content_id=26330986&vkey=news_stl&c_id=stl

    So, is the Cox part in ( ) part of “The hope”, as in the org’s thinking, or just his own bright idea?

    • Brian Walton says:

      Only he can answer that but I have never heard anyone in a position of authority suggest it is realistic. If I see Cox working out at second in Florida, I might feel differently. The old Cards would have waited until he reached St. Louis to begin the test. Maybe the new Cards will plan ahead – if there is anything to plan about. ;-)

  8. blingboy says:

    One of the issues I had coming up with a NRI guess list was knowing the readiness of guys who ended the year on a DL, or at least who have a DL next to their name on whatever roster they were on. (from the rosters on the main site). So I stayed away from them, like S. Hill and Pham. I figured even if they are now 100%, maybe big league camp isn’t the place to have a guy trying to bounce back from a DL stint.

    As to outfielders, I figured there might easily be need to call somebody up in a hurry to fill in so maybe the new regime would want to have a good look at guys with some seasoning at higher levels, to see if we need to go get a AAAA guy, rather than more legit MLB prospects who will not be emergency call up candidates.

    I figured Marte might be rewarded for good results last year.

  9. blingboy says:

    I bet Matheney has butterflies opening the MLB season a day ahead of everybody else, on national TV, ESPN. Rolling out the post Albert world champs.

    Given equal health and nice STs, you have to go with Carp over Wainy for the opener.

    Mo likely with butterflies too. And Freese. And Lance.

  10. JumboShrimp says:

    Catchers: Nick Derba, Audry Perez, Robert Stock

    Pitchers: Additon, Marte, Gast

    SS: Jackson

    1b: Adams

    OF: Taveras

  11. ball in play says:

    nick derba, audry perez, luis de la cruz, steven hill, ryan jackson, thomas pham
    victor marte, nick additon, keith butler

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