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Cardinals invite 19 NRIs to major league camp

The 19 St. Louis Cardinals players invited to major league spring training camp as non-roster invitees are as follows:

Pitchers (10): Shelby Miller, John Gast, Joe Kelly, Jordan Swagerty, Trevor Rosenthal, Victor Marte, R.J. Swindle, Kevin Siegrist, Nick Greenwood, Tyrell Jenkins

Catchers: (5): Steven Hill, Koyie Hill, Robert Stock, Cody Stanley, Luis De La Cruz

Infielders (4): Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, Ryan Jackson, Eugenio Velez

Cardinals Major League pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter, Fla. on February 18 with their first workout set for February 19.  The Cardinals full squad reports on February 23 and begins workouts on February 24.

You can view the entire 2012 Cardinals spring training schedule here.

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15 Responses to “Cardinals invite 19 NRIs to major league camp”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    How to interpret these choices? Stanley had a good season at low A, so gets encouragement. Stock and De La Cruz are good defenders, so also get encouraged. Siegrist and Rosenthal had fine seasons, so get encouraged. There is about zero chance any of these 5 could make the ML roster, so inclusion is about the need for catchers and encouraging good guys for the long-term.
    Though Derba and Tartamella have caught at AA, they do not have a lot of upside, so did not get included.
    Marte had a great season for Memphis, so earned inclusion. He could pitch in the majors, but there is no roster room.
    The Cards used to invite more post-peak ML vets, like Koyie Hill. Now the NRI list is mostly about the future.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Stock, De La Cruz, and Stanley get invites over Springfield’s Audry Perez, suggesting he needs to improve defensive skills.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Two of the best NRI candidates for surprising and making the team this spring are C Hill and LHP Gast. If Rzepcynski or Romero were to suffer an injury this spring, this could open a roster slot for Gast.

  2. T8Ball says:

    Brian, would the 10th pitcher be Tyrell Jenkins? You have “10”, but only 9 named.

  3. CariocaCardinal says:

    No outfielders on the list makes for more OF innings for Carpenter, Hamilton, Greene, Adams, S. Hill, Cruz, etc.

    Curious about the org thinking in Jenkins over Martinez. Martinez is by all accounts more advanced. Is it because Martinez was in winter camp in the D.R.? On the surface, makes little sense.

  4. blingboy says:

    It sounds like there wasn’t any negative Albert reaction from the huddled masses at the warm-up.

  5. CariocaCardinal says:

    And Seigrest has to be the surprise of the group. Didn’t make TheCardinalNation top 40. Will probably work out of the pen in big league camp so this may be a precursor into trying to make him a LOOGY.

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