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.
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|
|#||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|
|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)|
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