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2015 Cardinals Spring Training Number Assignments

You know who wears number 4 for the St. Louis Cardinals, but who has been assigned the highest number in spring training?

The Roster Matrix right here and the St. Louis Cardinals 2015 roster on the main site, The Cardinal Nation, are fully up to date. The former indicates all players invited to Major League spring training camp, 40-man roster players and non-roster invitees, but their uniform numbers are not designated. The main site roster does include uniform numbers, with players listed based on a 25-man roster view, on their official year-ending 2014 teams until they have a firm assignment to open 2015.

In other words, big-league spring training uniform numbers are not included in either place. However, do not despair, as I have all the specifics. (For those who want to catch up with the details behind earlier-announced number assignments, click here.)

After all, with at least 18 Cardinals spring games to be televised, and likely more to be added, you need to know who is who.

Rather than organize the list below numerically by uniform numbers 1 through 99, I have placed them in their logical groupings.

On the left are the non-roster invitees. (In case you missed the photo, the answer to the earlier question is outfielder Stephen Piscotty, set to don 91 for the second consecutive spring.) The newest addition to the NRI contingent is the one with perhaps the best chance to make the team, pitcher Carlos Villanueva. Despite being an NRI, his veteran status means he will be wearing number 33.

In the center are the 40-man roster players. Last week’s trade acquisition from the Orioles, catcher Michael Ohlman, will put on the number 84 uniform for his first Cardinals action in Florida this month.

Then we have the right column, which is where this gets really interesting. OK, so maybe the coaches are not all that exciting. Afterward are the retired numbers everyone is most familiar with from the outfield wall at Busch Stadium.

Next are four numbers that appear to be unofficially out of service to honor former team greats. That quantity had been five until Mark McGwire’s number 25 was re-issued to bench coach David Bell for 2015. 69 is also not used.

By process of elimination, what remains are six potentially-available numbers ranging from 21 to 43, along with a block of numbers in the 90’s. The latter group is available to be given to STEP campers and others brought into selected 1 p.m. games on an as-needed, by-game basis.

The rub is that four of the six from 21 to 43 were recently worn by popular home-grown Cardinals who will be spending their first-ever spring training in another organization. (That does not include Daniel Descalso’s old number, which has already been re-assigned to Villanueva.)

As a result, my guess is that the most likely numbers to be assigned to any high-numbered NRIs who might make the team as long shots are Bell’s (and David Freese’s) old 23 and former bench coach Mike Aldrete’s 28. More realistically, however, they will not be needed, at least early on in 2015.

Non-Roster Invitees (18)

40-Man Roster (39) # Coaches
3 Bill Mueller – Asst. hitting
# Pitchers (9) # Pitchers (17) 11 Jose Oquendo – 3B
33 Carlos Villanueva 18 Carlos Martinez 25 David Bell – Bench
58 John Gast 31 Lance Lynn 26 Mike Matheny – Manager
63 Miguel Socolovich 36 Randy Choate 34 Derek Lilliquist – Pitching
66 Tim Cooney 37 Matt Belisle 39 Jamie Pogue – Bullpen catcher
73 Mitch Harris 41 John Lackey 47 John Mabry – Hitting
74 Marcus Hatley 44 Trevor Rosenthal 49 Blaise Ilsley – Bullpen
75 Zach Petrick 46 Kevin Siegrist 76 Kleininger Teran – Extra BP C
78 Dean Kiekhefer 50 Adam Wainwright 77 Chris Maloney – 1B
79 Mike Mayers 52 Michael Wacha 90 Dennis Schutzenhofer – BP pitcher
53 Jordan Walden
# Catchers (4) 54 Jaime Garcia # Retired
81 Travis Tartamella 56 Marco Gonzales 1 Ozzie Smith
82 Carson Kelly 61 Seth Maness 2 Red Schoendienst
88 Steve Bean 62 Nick Greenwood 6 Stan Musial
89 Alberto Rosario 64 Sam Tuivailala 9 Enos Slaughter
70 Tyler Lyons 10 Tony La Russa
# Infielders (3) 71 Sam Freeman 14 Ken Boyer
55 Scott Moore 17 Dizzy Dean
86 Breyvic Valera # Catchers (5) 20 Lou Brock
87 Jacob Wilson 4 Yadier Molina 24 Whitey Herzog
48 Tony Cruz 42 Bruce Sutter /
# Outfielders (2) 72 Ed Easley Jackie Robinson
67 Rafael Ortega 80 Cody Stanley 45 Bob Gibson
91 Stephen Piscotty 84 Michael Ohlman 85 August Busch
# Infielders (11) # Unofficially out of service
12 Mark Reynolds 5 Albert Pujols
13 Matt Carpenter 29 Chris Carpenter
16 Kolten Wong 51 Willie McGee
27 Jhonny Peralta 57 Darryl Kile
32 Matt Adams 69
35 Greg Garcia
38 Pete Kozma Potentially available
59 Xavier Scruggs # (last worn by/year)
65 Dean Anna 21 Allen Craig (2014)
68 Ty Kelly 23 David Bell (2014)
83 Aledmys Diaz 28 Mike Aldrete (2014)
30 Jason Motte (2014)
# Outfielders (6) 40 Shelby Miller (2014)
7 Matt Holliday 43 Shane Robinson (2014)
8 Peter Bourjos 92
15 Randal Grichuk 93
19 Jon Jay 94
22 Jason Heyward 95
60 Tommy Pham 96
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2 Responses to “2015 Cardinals Spring Training Number Assignments”

  1. lrcardinal says:

    Don’t see a number 3 here. Am I missing something?

    Larry

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