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Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013 spring training

NOTE: As of 4/8/13, this version of the roster matrix is no longer current. It reflects the changes from the announcement of spring training invitations until the opening of the regular season. It should now be considered a historical reference document. For the newer roster matrix covering the 2013 regular season, click here.

With the 2013 major league spring training camp now open, it is time for another refresh of the St. Louis Cardinals system roster matrix. This version will reflect the changes made from the start of 2013 spring training until the start of the regular season. The previous matrix reflects the rosters as they evolved from the conclusion of the 2012 season until spring training 2013.

If you are new to the blog and not familiar with the Cardinals organization roster matrix, here is quick summary:

As 2013 spring training opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had 261 players under contract from top to bottom, including a full 40-man roster. The matrix places each one at his end-of-season assigned level in the system as well as by position. It is kept updated daily or as transactions occur.

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

Don’t be concerned about the order of the players’ names within a team. It doesn’t signify anything.

The 25-man roster for St. Louis is not in place until the regular season. Pay more attention to the players on the 40-man roster that are called out in bold as well as those non-roster players invited to big-league camp.

Full team rosters and player profiles at The Cardinal Nation

Remember that to get detailed profile information on every single one of these 261 Cardinals players, simply check out their free player profiles freshly updated now at The Cardinal / 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.

Click on the following links to be taken to one of the nine team pages at The Cardinal Nation. You can also see rosters and player profiles back to 2004:

Full-season clubs

St. Louis Cardinals
Memphis Redbirds
Springfield Cardinals
Palm Beach Cardinals
Peoria Chiefs

Short-season clubs

State College Spikes
Johnson City Cardinals
Gulf Coast League Cardinals
Dominican Summer League Cardinals

Once on a team page, just click on a player’s name to be taken to his individual profile page for that year. For example, here is the link directly to Matt Adams’ 2013 Memphis profile.

Looking ahead and back

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 rosters and transactions, 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, Spring camp 2010, Opening season 2010, First half 2010, Short-season 2010, 2010-11 Off-season, 2011 spring training, 2011 regular season, 2011 short-season, 2011-2012 off-season, 2012 spring training, 2012 regular season, 2012 short season, 2012-2013 off-season.


2/19: New matrix. Organization total: 261 players.

2/22: StL RHS Chris Carpenter placed on the 60-day DL.

3/4: NRIs 2B Starlin Rodriguez, C Jesus Montero, C Adam Ehrlich assigned to minor league camp. 52 players remain.

3/11: RHR Jorge Rondon optioned to Memphis (noted below as “opt out”). 51 players remain in major league camp.

3/12: LHS Kevin Siegrist optioned to Memphis, LHR Barret Browning and C Cody Stanley assigned to minor league camp. 48 players remain in major league camp. RHP Brady Adamek signed to minor league contract. New organization total: 262 players.

3/13: RHR Adam Reifer released. LHR John Gaub retired. New organization total: 260 players.

3/14: RHRs Eduardo Sanchez and Victor Marte optioned out. RHS Michael Wacha reassigned to minor league camp. Peo OF Virgil Hill and GCL P Burny Mitchem were released. New organization total: 258 players.

3/16: RHRs Michael Blazek and Eric Fornataro optioned out.

3/17: RHR Keith Butler, IF Ryan Jackson optioned out. LHS John Gast reassigned to minor league camp.

3/18: SC IF/OF Roberto De La Cruz released. New organization total: 257 players.

3/19: LHS Tyler Lyons reassigned to minor league camp. SS Ronny Cedeno released. New organization total: 256 players.

3/20: P Cesar Aguilar, IF Daniel Barbuena, 1B David Bergin, OFs Reggie Williams and Ricardo Lizcano released. New organization total: 251 players.

3/22: StL SS Rafael Furcal placed on 15-day DL.

3/23: P Seth Maness, Cs J.R. Towles and Audry Perez, 2B Kolten Wong, OF Justin Christian assigned to minor league camp.

3/25: Ps Yunior Castillo and Garrett Wittels, 1B David Medina, OFs Anthony Bryant and Gary Apelian released. New organization total: 246 players.

3/26: StL 3B David Freese to 15-day DL. IF Ryan Jackson from Mem to StL. LHR Sam Freeman optioned out. IF Ruben Gotay signed to minor league contract. New organization total: 247 players.

3/29: STL RP Jason Motte to 15-day DL. RP Maikel Cleto, OF Adron Chambers optioned out. C Rob Johnson, IF Greg Garcia, OF Oscar Taveras to minor league camp.

3/30: PB OF Chris Edmondson released. New organization total: 246 players.

The St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix (effective 3/30/13)

25-man (25+4) 40-man (38+1)
C Carpenter (60DL)
Boggs Molina Craig Descalso Furcal (DL)
Freese (DL)
Ja Garcia (L) Motte (DL)
T Cruz Adams

Kozma M Carpenter Jay
Lynn Rzepczynski (L)

R Jackson Wigginton Beltran
Wainwright Mujica

Westbrook Salas

S Miller
Choate (L)


J Kelly

Memphis (21)
Gast (L) Browning (L) Towles Peterson Gotay
Cerda Swauger
Additon (L) Rondon (opt out)
R Johnson Christian
Lyons (L) Blazek (opt out)
Voss (L) E Sanchez (opt out)
Chambers (opt out)
Freeman (L opt out)
Greenwood (L)
Marte (opt out)
Cleto (opt out)
Springfield (29)
C Martinez (visa delay) Butler (opt out)
A Perez Scruggs Wong G Garcia Curtis Melker
Maness Hooker Tartamella Albitz O’Neill
Siegrist (L opt out)
Delgado Lemmerman Pham
Ri Castillo Wright (L) Taveras
McGregor Fornataro (opt out)
Swagerty K Thomas Romak
Palm Beach (22)
Sherriff (L) T Miller Klein Jon Rodriguez S Rodriguez Gil Rahmatulla Ramsey
Corrigan Nazario (L) Stanley Pritchard Swinson
Hald (L) Miranda (L)
Ferrara (L) Russell
Blair A Lucas
Kiekhefer (L)
Peoria (24)
Jenkins Renfro (L) J Castillo Lu Mateo M Williams An Garcia
H Hernandez (L) Llorens Walsh Melchionda Martini
Villanueva (L) Cornelius (L) Longmire
Gaviglio Barraclough Piscotty
Polanco Stock Walton
Watson Wyatt
Harris Heyer
State College (27)
P P(2012 added) C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Baker Cooney (L) Montero Washington B Valera Mejia Wisdom Young
Melling (L) Cuda Keener Wilson Caldwell S Ramos
Creath Helisek (L) Rasmus Stienstra Popkins
B Freeman (L) O’Shea (L) Lewis Vargas
Stoppelman (L)
C Thomas
Johnson City (28)
P P(2012 added) C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
S Lopez Sabatino (L) Ehrlich Schaffer Le Mateo C Valera C Kelly Jeffries
S Garcia Shaban Velazco Martin McElroy
Bautista Donofrio Ro Castillo
DeLeon Petrick Deol
Mills Booden Tilson
Tuivailala Rauh
Gerdel Lee
J Lucas
Gulf Coast (25)
P P(2012 added) C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Villegas Foody (L) Bean Almaraz L Perez Wiley R Garcia Acevedo
DeLosSantos Machuca (L) J Gomez R Medina Argenal
F Flores Gallardo Wick Peoples-Walls Capellan
Perdomo Perry Y Gonzalez
Paredes Jones
DSL (41)
Salazar A DeLaCruz (L) L Cruz R Reyes Pina Araujo
D Martinez Escudero Godoy E Alvarez Franco
J Perez I Brito (L) Ripoll E Sosa Torres
D Perez (L) F Gonzalez J Lopez Cerdas
Silva (L) Baez D Pena D Sanchez
Arias J Mateo Luna
Medrano Negrette (L) Bandes
Y Medina J Lara Sierra
A Reyes Parra Alvarado
Jor Rodriguez
R Santos


(DL): injured – on the disabled list
(I): injured and assigned to extended spring training
(TI): temporary inactive list
(SL): suspended list
(RL): restricted list
(MIL): military list
(TO): tryout player not under contract
(FA): free agent signee
(xx): round 2012 drafted player was selected
(L): left-handed pitcher
bold: on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster
(#+#): for teams, the number of active players on the roster plus number of inactive/not under contract (DL+TI+SL+RL+MIL+TO) players

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37 Responses to “Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013 spring training”

  1. blingboy says:

    Thanks for the new matrix, Brian.

    I also like having links to the old matrices handy since they chronologically list all roster transactions.

    Must take a lot of effort.

    • Brian Walton says:

      You are welcome. Based on the number of views these pages get, I can tell they are very popular. That is good. They are here to be a reference.

      One thing to note. It appears there is going to be a marked slowing down of promotions or a number of releases coming. Between St. Louis and Memphis, there are 51 healthy players. Just based on where guys finished last season, that is two full rosters. Then there needs to be room for some 2012 Springfield guys to move up. While there will be some injuries during camp, you can still get the point…

      For the main site, Carioca is already working on his annual season-opening roster prediction articles. What makes it more challenging is that he accounts for everyone. I am looking forward to seeing his drafts so I can debate them with him even before I post them! 😉

      • blingboy says:

        As one would expect, the bounty is on the pitching side. Something has to give there.

        The matrix helps point out the wisdom of Mo’s moves to add depth in certain areas at the top levels.

        • Brian Walton says:

          Well, one might infer they learned after getting burned last year by not having that position player depth at Memphis. It was a revolving door of free agents coming in and out all season long and the offense was mediocre. This year, they gave Vuch some more money to go out and get some needed help.

          Looking ahead, after Adams, Wong and Taveras, the position player side of the prospect list has a lot of questions.

  2. blingboy says:

    Quote from Descalso on why he is helping Matt Carp learn 2B.

    “I don’t know if they’re going to name him the second baseman or if I’m going to win it, but at some point this year, I’m sure he will be out there at second base,” Descalso said. “And if he’s out there, he needs to know what to do. He needs to help us at second base. I feel like it’s part of my responsibility to get him prepared. If he doesn’t know something, I feel like that’s on me.”

    Descalso went on to describe how the same courtesy was shown him when he was jockeying for playing time with Skip Schumaker, most recently as last Spring Training.

    “He helped me from day one,” Descalso said of Schumaker, who is with the Dodgers. “He didn’t have to do that. We played the same spot and were always competing. But he did that for me. So why shouldn’t I do that for Matt?”

    • Brian Walton says:

      Curious why you posted that, bb. Do you consider it extraordinary? While admirable, it is unusual? The same coaches who will decide Descalso’s role are watching his every move. Is it better for him (and Carpenter) to try to help Carpenter or ignore him? Seems pretty obvious.

      Perhaps I am just being cynical, but it seems to me that each spring after we get past the “best shape of his life” stories as guys report, we move on to the “who is mentoring whom” ones during the next phase of camp. In fairness, the writers have to write something and it is better than pitch-by-pitch accounts of batting practice that some have been tweeting. I am glad I am not on deadline. Fortunately (for me, at least), games start this weekend.

  3. blingboy says:

    Now you ruined my day with your post on the main site about Shelby’s shoulder tightness.

    And don’t tell me you’re just the messenger.

    Maybe the Wainy talks will get un-tabled. 🙂

    • Brian Walton says:

      The first thing that went through my head when I learned of Miller’s problem was something John Vuch told me. I asked him why Swagerty and Jenkins weren’t in major league camp. He explained that they didn’t want the pitchers trying to do too much too quickly in an attempt to impress the coaches.

      Having said that, I understand those two are coming off injury and Shelby is not. Still, Miller is a very serious contender to grab a rotation spot. Big spotlight. It would only be natural to try to shine from the first moment of camp. Hopefully the injury is unconnected, is minor and soon forgotten.

      P.S. I think you meant “Lohse” not “Wainy”. 😉

    • blingboy says:

      This morning Rick Ankiel faced Roger Clemens in live BP. He went deep to right bouncing it off a car.

      It was said the Rocket was pitching at 70%. No report what percent Rick was swinging.

      I’m sure our minor league contract invitee guys are hitting drives off cars in the parking lot too, but we just haven’t heard about it.

  4. Brian Walton says:

    Cedeno release reflected above.

  5. blingboy says:

    Brian, I never got a chance to answer the question you asked me yesterday on the other board:

    “Have you already drawn a conclusion about his (DD) ability to serve as the lone reserve at the position this season?”

    Well, yes, I have.


  6. blingboy says:

    Now we can think about re-deploying Carpenter to the 2B column. Tidy things up, you know.

  7. crdswmn says:

    I got one of my wishes, getting rid of Cedeno. The second one won’t happen (getting rid of Wigginton). The third is that they don’t send Joe Kelly to Memphis.

    Otherwise, I am happy. Except for the non-signing of Waino, which overshadows all for me. Trying not to get nervous cause I have too much stress in my life as it is. Dangit, I want Waino! (Strictly in the baseball sense, of course). 😉

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