The St. Louis Cardinals have a new arrival wearing number 3, the lowest number for spring training. Many other changes from 2015 to 2016 are all noted here.
The Roster Matrix right here at The Cardinal Nation Blog and the St. Louis Cardinals 2016 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, non-roster invitees and minor league STEP Campers, 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, based on their official year-ending 2015 teams until they have a firm assignment to open 2016.
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.
After all, with at least 20 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. I also included who had those same numbers last spring.
On the left are the 23 non-roster invitees. The newest addition to the NRI contingent is the one with perhaps the best chance to make the team, outfielder Carlos Peguero. Despite being an NRI, his veteran status means he will be wearing Pete Kozma’s old number 38.
While several of the catchers and one infielder are returning NRIs from 2015, it is interesting that not one of the nine 2015 pitching NRIs are back – in that role, at least. Since last spring, 2015 NRIs Miguel Socolovich, Tim Cooney, Mitch Harris and Dean Kiekhefer earned 40-man roster spots.
Third baseman Patrick Wisdom is returning to MLB camp after a year absence. The third baseman received a big-league invitation in 2014, but was only assigned to STEP Camp last spring.
Catcher Luis Cruz holds the unofficial 2016 title of Mr. Longest of Long Shots, with the highest assigned number, 96.
In the center are the 39 players currently making up the 40-man roster.
Returning Cardinals with new numbers include Seth Maness, dropping down from 61 to Cody Stanley’s old number 43 and Tommy Pham changing from 60 to 28. Stephen Piscotty moved off his spring training 91 when joining St. Louis as number 55 last summer.
New arrivals include pitcher Mike Leake taking Peter Bourjos’ old number 8, Korean Seung-hwan Oh with Mike Matheny’s one-year number 26, Brayan Pena assuming Carlos Villanueva’s former number 33 and Jedd Gyorko taking coach Bill Mueller’s old number 3.
Then we have the right column, which is where this gets really interesting. OK, so maybe the coaches are not all that exciting, but there are two changes. Mueller is taking 23 this season, which was vacated by catcher Ed Easley. Now that Jason Heyward has left, Matheny returns to his customary 22.
Afterward are the retired numbers everyone is most familiar with from the outfield wall at Busch Stadium.
Next are four numbers that continue to be unofficially out of service in respect of 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 12 to 48, along with just three 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.
All six of the open numbers from 12 to 48 were vacated by members of the 2015 team not brought back for 2016. Any of them could be later re-assigned to any high-numbered NRIs who might make the team as long shots or given to new acquisitions in the future. Likely, however, they will not be needed any time soon, at least early on in 2016.
|Non-Roster Invitees (23)||40-Man Roster (39)||#||2015||Coaches|
|#||2015||Pitchers (12)||#||2015||Pitchers (21)||22||Heyward||Mike Matheny|
|58||Gast||Jeremy Hefner||8||Bourjos||Mike Leake||23||Easley||Bill Mueller|
|61||Maness||Juan Gonzalez||18||18||Carlos Martinez||25||25||David Bell|
|62||Greenwood||Deck McGuire||26||Matheny||Seung-hwan Oh||34||34||Derek Lilliquist|
|71||Freeman||J.C. Sulbaran||30||open||Jonathan Broxton||39||39||Jamie Pogue|
|72||Easley||Tyler Waldron||31||31||Lance Lynn||47||47||John Mabry|
|74||Hatley||Silfredo Garcia||40||40||Mitch Harris||49||49||Blaise Ilsley|
|75||Petrick||Corey Littrell||43||61||Seth Maness||76||76||Kleininger Teran|
|78||Kiekhefer||Trey Nielsen||44||44||Trevor Rosenthal||77||77||Chris Maloney|
|79||Mayers||Robby Rowland||46||46||Kevin Siegrist||90||90||Dennis Schutzenhofer|
|83||Diaz||Luke Weaver||50||50||Adam Wainwright|
|94||Austin Gomber||52||52||Michael Wacha||#||Retired|
|95||Daniel Poncedeleon||53||53||Jordan Walden||1||Ozzie Smith|
|54||54||Jaime Garcia||2||Red Schoendienst|
|#||2015||Catchers (5)||56||56||Marco Gonzales||6||Stan Musial|
|59||Scruggs||Eric Fryer||60||Pham||Dean Kiekhefer||9||Enos Slaughter|
|82||82||Carson Kelly||63||63 NRI||Miguel Socolovich||10||Tony La Russa|
|88||88||Steve Bean||64||64||Sam Tuivailala||14||Ken Boyer|
|89||89||Alberto Rosario||66||66 NRI||Tim Cooney||17||Dizzy Dean|
|96||Luis Cruz||67||Ortega||Matt Bowman||20||Lou Brock|
|68||T Kelly||Jayson Aquino||24||Whitey Herzog|
|#||2015||Infielders (4)||70||70||Tyler Lyons||42||Bruce Sutter /|
|86||Valera||Patrick Wisdom||Jackie Robinson|
|87||87||Jacob Wilson||#||2015||Catchers (3)||45||Bob Gibson|
|92||Jonathan Rodriguez||4||4||Yadier Molina||85||August Busch|
|93||David Washington||33||Villanueva||Brayan Pena|
|84||84||Michael Ohlman||#||Unofficially out of service|
|#||2015||Outfielders (2)||5||Albert Pujols (since 2011)|
|38||Kozma||Carlos Peguero||#||2015||Infielders (9)||29||Chris Carpenter (since 2013)|
|91||Piscotty||Jeremy Hazelbaker||3||Mueller||Jedd Gyorko||51||Willie McGee (since 1999)|
|13||13||Matt Carpenter||57||Darryl Kile (since 2002)|
|27||27||Jhonny Peralta||Potentially available|
|32||32||Matt Adams||#||(last worn by/year)|
|35||35||Greg Garcia||12||Mark Reynolds (2015)|
|65||65||Dean Anna||19||Jon Jay (2015)|
|73||83||Aledmys Diaz||36||Randy Choate (2015)|
|37||Matt Belisle (2015)|
|#||2015||Outfielders (6)||41||John Lackey (2015)|
|7||7||Matt Holliday||48||Tony Cruz (2015)|
|55||91 NRI||Stephen Piscotty||99||So Taguchi (2009)|
2/24 update: Upon reporting to spring training, 1B/OF Brandon Moss moved from #21 to #37. He wore the latter number for three seasons with Oakland from 2012-14.
For more information on Leake’s very unusual choice of number 8 and some historical reference, check out this article at The Cardinal Nation:
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