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Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014 spring training

NOTE: As of 4/3/14, this version of the roster matrix is no longer current. It reflects the changes from the start of 2014 spring training until the opening of the minor league season. It should now be considered a historical reference document. For the active roster matrix for the 2014 regular season, click here.

With minor leaguers reporting to Jupiter, Florida for spring training, 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 2014 spring training until the opening of the regular season. The previous matrix reflects the rosters as they evolved from the conclusion of the 2013 season through the entire 2013-2014 off-season.

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

As 2014 spring training opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had 273 players under contract from top to bottom, including 39 players on the 40-man roster. The latter are called out in bold. The matrix places all 273 at his 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 has no relative significance.

Note that the 25-man roster for St. Louis and any other club is not in place during the off-season. Players generally remain on the rosters at which they finished 2013. Pay more attention to which camps players are assigned.

Full team rosters and player profiles at The Cardinal Nation

Remember that to get detailed profile information on every single one of these 273 Cardinals players, simply check out their free player profiles freshly updated now at The Cardinal Nation.com / 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.

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 Oscar Taveras’ 2014 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, 2013 spring training, 2013 regular season, 2013 short season, 2013-2014 off-season.

Transactions

3/1: New matrix. Organization total: 273 players.

3/2: RHP Jordan Swagerty reassigned to minor league camp. (58 players remain in major league camp.)

3/9: LHP Marco Gonzales reassigned to minor league camp. Free agent SS Aledmys Diaz signed to MLB contract. New organization total: 274 players. (58 players remain in major league camp.)

3/10: Three optioned to minors camp: RHP Angel Castro, OFs Mike O’Neill and Rafael Ortega. Six reassigned to minors camp: RHPs Boone Whiting and Kurt Heyer, 3B Patrick Wisdom, Cs Casey Rasmus, Cody Stanley and Carson Kelly. (49 remain in MLB camp)

3/13: Three optioned out: OF Oscar Taveras, C Audry Perez, RHR Eric Fornataro. (46 remain in MLB camp)

3/14: NRI RHP Sam Gaviglio reassigned to minor league camp. (45 remain in MLB camp)

3/16: RHP Scott McGregor added to major league camp as an NRI. NRI RHP Zach Petrick, OF James Ramsey reassigned to minor league camp. (44 in MLB camp) LHP Ben Freeman, RHP Amauris Capellan released. New organization total: 272 players.

3/17: LHPs Tim Cooney, Lee Stoppelman, C Travis Tartamella reassigned to minor league camp. (41 in MLB camp)

3/19: LHP Tyler Lyons optioned out. (40 in MLB camp)

3/20: RHP Brady Adamek released. New organization total: 271 players.

3/23: LHP Sam Freeman, OF Joey Butler, SS Aledmys Diaz, IF Greg Garcia optioned out. IF Luis Mateo reassigned to minor league camp (35 in MLB camp).  RHP Angel Castro off 40-man roster.

3/24: OF Randal Grichuk optioned to Mem. (34 in MLB camp). PB OF Ronny Gil released. New organization total: 270 players.

3/25: Spr 2B Colin Walsh and JC OF Lance Jeffries released. New organization total: 268 players.

3/26: FA RHR David Aardsma signed to minor league deal with NRI. New organization total: 269 players. (35 in MLB camp)

3/28: OF Joey Butler outrighted. RHP Keith Butler named to opening roster. Optioned to Mem: RHR Jorge Rondon. Reassigned to Mem: RHR David Aardsma, RHS Scott McGregor, C Ed Easley, 1B Xavier Scruggs, 3B Scott Moore, OF Stephen Piscotty. (28 in MLB camp)

3/29: Four releases: PB OF Nick Longmire, Peo 1B Jeremy Schaffer, 3B Trevor Martin, 1B/OF Jordan Walton. New organization total: 265 players.

3/30: Three StL players to 15-day DL: LHS Jaime Garcia, RHR Jason Motte, 2B Mark Ellis. Contract purchased from Mem: RHR Pat Neshek.

4/1: PB RHP Chris Corrigan retired. New organization total: 264 players.

The St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix (effective 4/1/14)

St. Louis (25+3) 40-man (38)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Wainwright Siegrist (L) Molina Adams Wong Peralta M Carpenter Holliday
J Kelly Rosenthal T Cruz
Descalso Kozma
Jay
Lynn C Martinez

Ellis (DL)


Robinson
S Miller Motte (DL)





Bourjos
Wacha Maness




Craig
Ja Garcia (L DL) Choate (L)






K Butler





Neshek
Memphis (29)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Gast (L) Rondon Tartamella (NRI) Scruggs (NRI) G Garcia (opt)
Miclat Curtis Taveras (opt)
McGregor (NRI) Fornataro (opt)
A Perez (opt)
Albitz Moore (NRI) Pham
Whiting (NRI) Stoppelman  (NRI) Easley (NRI) Swauger
Lyons (L opt) Aardsma (NRI)
Ramsey (NRI)
Castro (opt)
Almarante (NRI) J Butler (opt)
Freeman (L opt) O’Neill (opt)
Greenwood (L) Piscotty (NRI)
Grichuk (opt)
Springfield (19)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Ferrara (L) Baker Rasmus (NRI) Smith Lu Mateo (NRI) M Williams S Rodriguez
Blair Wyatt Stanley (NRI) A Diaz (opt) Ortega (opt)
Cooney (L NRI) Wright (L) Melker
Petrick (NRI) Miranda (L)
Cornelius (L) Kiekhefer (L)
Palm Beach (26)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Heyer (NRI) Shaban Montero Jon Rodriguez Wilson Mejia Stienstra Tilson
Gaviglio (NRI) Nazario (L) J Castillo Wisdom (NRI) An Garcia
Hald (L) Swagerty (NRI) Popkins
Melling (L) A Lucas
Sherriff (L) Barraclough
Jenkins T Lee
Cuda Billbrough
Gonzales (L NRI) Stock
Peoria (21)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
C Jones Sabatino (L) Keener B Valera Vargas McElroy
Perry Llorens Velazco Herrera Martini
S Garcia C Thomas Ehrlich Caldwell McElroy
Mayers Scanio Neil
Helisek (L) Donofrio
Tuivailala
State College (32+2)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Booden Brookshire (L) A DeLeon Washington Katz Wiley (SL) Ro Castillo
J Lucas Herget C Kelly (NRI) Voit Schulze Young
Bautista Petree Rosenberg Ustariz C Valera Ramos
V DeLeon Reed (L) Bosco
Rauh Pierce (SL) L Perez
Harris Ar Reyes Bryan
Aldrete Webb Peoples-Walls
Polanco Carlow
Barkley
Johnson City (25)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
F Baez Anderson Bean Ringo R Reyes Altobelli Acevedo
I Brito (L) Holback F Rodriguez R Garcia Pedroza Vigo
Al Reyes Lomascolo (L) Wick
Gerdel Loraine Lacy
D Martinez McKnight
Perdomo B Lee
Paredes Grana
GCL (33)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Villegas Escudero L Cruz Stone Collymore Pina R Medina Ray
McKinney (L) Silva (L) J Gomez C Rivera E Alvarez Torres
Kaminsky (L) D Perez (L) Godoy Mercado Bautista
Farinaro J Perez E Rodriguez Asbury
F Flores Salazar
Hawkins (L) S Lopez (L)
Foody (L) Caballero
Frey Gallardo
Nielsen
Higgins
DSL (49)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Arias A DeLaCruz (L) Ripoll D Gomez Y Sanchez E Sosa J Baez Sierra
Parra F Gonzalez D Pena R Encarnacion D Paulino J De La Cruz Franco
Medrano Gavin (L) J Lopez L Flores Cordoba Alvarado
Jor Rodriguez V Encarnacion Ortega Linares R Luna
R Santos J Lara Cotes Bandes
J Mateo Urena (L) Talavera
D Gonzalez Oca (L) A Luna
Alcantara R Sanchez J Rivera
O Diaz DeLaRosa C Rodriguez
Vallejo C Luis
Changarotty
Y Medina
Bennett
J Alvarez
Casadilla

Codes

(NRI): Non-roster invitee to major league camp
(opt): 40-man players optioned out to minor league camp
(DL): injured – on the disabled list
(I): injured
(TI): temporary inactive list
(SL): suspended list
(RL): restricted list
(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) players

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25 Responses to “Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014 spring training”

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  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Mexico is one of the few nations with its own domestic baseball teams, like Japan and Cuba. This post will be about Mexico, the Cards, and Luhnow’s Astros.

    When Jeff Luhnow arose in StL, he was interested in tapping the market for Mexican baseball players. The Cards affiliated with a Mexican team, the Petroleum Workers, and sent some minor leaguers and coaches there. From this team, the Cards signed RHR Fernando Salas, recently traded to the Angels. In developmental terms, Salas has to viewed as a success story. He saved more than 20 games during World Series winning 2011, before superseded by Jason Motte late during this season. Arguably another of Luhnow’s Mexican successes was 2005 draftee LHP Jaime Garcia, found at a Texas high school on the north side of the Rio Grande, but who played some amateur ball in Mexico. After the successful campaign into Mexico that produced Salas, Luhnow’s Mexican activities were not built upon, but faded away, while he remained employed by the Cards.

    Luhnow left after the 2011 season, riding the Cards success that year to a GM job with the Astros. This has been a wild ride, as Luhnow has traded off vets and presided over a horrible ML team, in order to stockpile high draft picks for future success. The trick with this unusually drastic rebuild is that a GM wants to genuinely rebuild with great talent and the owner/team/GM also want to entertain the loyal fans while young players are taking years to develop in the minors, so they are not horribly alienated by the demolition job and epic number of losses. One way to entertain the faithful fans is to do unusual things and seem aggressive about unearthing talent.

    Thus during 2013, Luhnow went back to the Mexican leagues. During August 2013, Kevin Goldstein once a baseball journalist hired by the Astros went on a southern safari and signed LF Lenoardo Heras, a high average, low power seven year veteran of the Mexican league. Another Mexican City Red Devil signee was enormous first baseman Japhet Amador. Amador weighs 315 pounds and has led the Mexican league in HRs. Amador now provides competition for the much more slender fatty Brett Wallace.

    For whatever reasons, after the success of landing Salas, the Cards hunt for talent in Mexico faded. There was at least one more kid signed and he must have peaked at Palm Beach. Now, however, Luhnow is back in Mexico signing older, more established Mexican league stars either to entertain Astros fans or to find short-term help for the hapless Astros ML squad.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Mexico has punched below its weight, in terms of baseball. Though it has a population of 118 million folks, it has not produced a lot of ML baseball players. Some of the better known ones are southpaw pitchers Fernando Valenzuela, Teddy Higuera, and Jaime Garcia, hitter Vinny Castillo. A lot more baseball talent could be extracted and developed from Mexico, if ML teams were to scout there more.
      Even if Heras and the massive Almador do not succeed in US ball, the Astros may gain by paying respect to the Mexican league in giving them chances. This could open up opportunities for the Astros to sign more players in future. There is no downside for the Astros in becoming a leader in cultivating baseball players from Mexico.
      While the Dodgers invested an amazing $100MM on just three Cuban ballplayers (Puig, 2B Guerrero, and a SS), such bonuses for Mexican ballplayers are unheard of. This could change, in the years ahead, if MLB teams explore Mexico more thoroughly, in search of the next Fernando.

  3. blingboy says:

    Bill McClellan had a short piece in the P-D that I found amusing for some reason.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/bill-mcclellan/mcclellan-no-more-cardinal-way-please/article_37f8bdbf-8011-5cc1-93c1-e22659888b91.html

    One funny line, although not pertinent to his topic:

    “As a Cubs fan, I can relate. The Cubs have had young phenoms, too. We had Dick Drott in 1957 and Kerry Wood in 1998. At that rate, we can expect another great young pitcher in 2039.”

    • crdswmn says:

      Between fans getting worked up about Spring Training lineups and game results to getting worked up about what some media person writes about the Cardinals, my eyes are in danger of being permanently stuck in the rolling position.

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