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Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2016 Spring Training

NOTE: As of 04/8/16, this version of the roster matrix is no longer current. It reflects the changes during 2016 spring training. It should now be considered a historical reference document. For the active roster matrix for the 2016 regular season, click here.

With the official opening of minor league camp last week, it is time for another refresh of the Roster Matrix.

This reflects moves during spring training 2016 reflected against season-ending 2015 player placement. The previous matrix reflects the rosters as they evolved during the 2015-2016 off-season, including free agency.

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

As 2016 spring play opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had 261 players under contract from top to bottom, including 39 players on the 40-man roster. The 40-man members are called out in bold.

59 players were in major league camp, including 20 non-roster invitees, denoted as NRI. Early minor league invitees to STEP camp are also noted.

The matrix places each of the 261 at his last official 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 plus multiple years of history.

Do not be concerned about the order of the players’ names within position. It has no relative significance.

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 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 all the way 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 Alex Reyes’ 2016 Springfield 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

2009: Jan–March 2009, April 2009, May 2009, June 2009, July 2009-February 2010
2010: 2010 spring training, 2010 regular season, 2010 first half, 2010 short-season, 2010-11 off-season
2011: 2011 spring training, 2011 regular season, 2011 short-season, 2011-2012 off-season
2012: 2012 spring training, 2012 regular season, 2012 short season, 2012-2013 off-season
2013: 2013 spring training, 2013 regular season, 2013 short season, 2013-2014 off-season
2014: 2014 spring training, 2014 regular season, 2014 draft and short season, 2014-2015 off-season
2015: 2015 spring training, 2015 regular season, 2015 draft and short season, 2015-2016 off-season

Transactions

3/13: New matrix. Organization total: 261 players.

3/13: Nine players cut from MLB camp: PB LHP Jayson Aquino (optioned), Mem RHP J.C. Sulbaran, PB Ps Luke Weaver, Daniel Poncedeleon, Corey Littrell, Trey Nielsen. Spr C Alberto Rosario, Peo Cs Steve Bean, Luis Cruz. Camp total 50 – 38 40-man, 12 NRIs.

3/14: Spr OF Charlie Tilson optioned out. Camp total 49 – 37/12.

3/19: StL signs free agent SS Ruben Tejada. New organization total: 262 players. Camp total 50 – 38/12.

3/20: 9 sent down; 3 optioned out – OF Anthony Garcia, IFs Dean Anna, Aledmys Diaz. 6 reassigned – Ps Deck McGuire, Jeremy Hefner, Austin Gomber, C Carson Kelly, IFs Jonathan Rodriguez, Patrick Wisdom. Camp total 41 – 35 40-man, 6 non-roster invitees.

3/21: LHS Marco Gonzales optioned out. Camp total 40 – 34 40-man, 6 NRIs.

3/22: Spr LHP Tyler Melling retired. Spr IF Brett Wiley and Peo RHR Dixon Llorens released. New organization total: 259.

3/24: PB LHR Lee Stoppelman and RHR Kevin Alexander released. New organization total: 257.

3/27: 6 sent down; 5 optioned out: LHS Tim Cooney, LHR Dean Kiekhefer, RHRs Sam Tuivailala and Miguel Socolovich and C Michael Ohlman; 1 re-assigned: 1B/OF David Washington. Camp total 34 – 29 40-man members/5 non-roster invitees.

3/28: 3 minor leaguers released: PB LHR Nick Lomascolo, Peo OF Derek Gibson, SC 1B/3B Ronnierd Garcia. New organization total: 254 players.

3/29: Peo OF Kenny Peoples-Walls released. New organization total: 253 players.

3/30: Peo IF Jake Gronsky released. New organization total: 252 players.

3/31: Peo 1B Alex De Leon released. New organization total: 251 players.

3/31: 4 NRI players reassigned to minors: P Juan Gonzalez, C Eric Fryer, IF Jacob Wilson, OF Carlos Peguero. Camp total 29/1 with five heading to DL – Lynn, Walden, Harris, Peralta, Tejada.

4/1: StL C Brayan Pena to be placed on DL. C Eric Fryer to be recalled from Memphis. (unofficial). Camp total 29/2 with six heading to DL.

4/3: StL RHP Lance Lynn to 60-day DL. RHRs Mitch Harris, Jordan Walden, C Brayan Pena, SSs Jhonny Peralta, Ruben Tejada to 15-day DL. C Eric Fryer, OF Jeremy Hazelbaker added to 40-man, 25-man rosters. PB LHP Jayson Aquino designated for assignment. New organization total: 250 players.

4/4:  StL OF Tommy Pham to 15-day DL. SS Aledmys Diaz from Mem to StL, effective 4/5.

4/7: DFA’ed LHP Jayson Aquino traded to Orioles.

The St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix (effective 4/7/16)

St. Louis (25+7) 40-man (40+1)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Wainwright Rosenthal Molina Adams Wong Peralta (DL)
Carpenter Holliday
Lynn (60DL)
Maness Pena (DL)
Moss G Garcia Tejada (DL)

Piscotty
Ja Garcia (L) Siegrist (L) Fryer

Gyorko A Diaz

Pham (DL)
Wacha Oh




Grichuk
C Martinez Walden (DL)





Hazelbaker
Leake Lyons (L)







Harris (DL)







Bowman






Broxton



















Memphis (22)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Ar Reyes (STEP) Heyer J Wilson (NRI) Mejia An Garcia (opt)
Cooney (L opt) Wyatt Anna (opt)

Peguero (NRI)
Gonzales (L opt) Waldron (NRI)
McGuire (NRI) Kiekhefer (L opt)
Sulbaran (NRI) Wright (L)
Hefner (NRI) Sherriff (L)
Thomas
Ju Gonzalez (NRI)
Church
Socolovich (opt)
Tuivailala (opt)
Springfield (21+1)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Al Reyes (RL STEP) Donofrio Ohlman (opt)
Jon Rodriguez (NRI) B Valera M Williams Wisdom (NRI) Martini
Mayers (STEP) S Garcia (NRI) Rosario (NRI) Washington (NRI) Caldwell Sohn Tilson (opt)
Reed (L) Baker
T Lee Perry
Morales Shaban
R Rowland (NRI)
Palm Beach (26)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Anderson Herget C Kelly (NRI) Voit Katz Herrera (STEP) Diekroeger Drake
Poncedeleon (NRI) Schumacher Jacobs (STEP) Turgeon Staton McElroy (STEP)
Nielsen (NRI) C Hawkins (L) Radack
Weaver (NRI) McKnight Aikin
Littrell (L NRI) Heesch (L)
Fernandez (STEP) J Lucas (STEP)
Holt
Brebbia (STEP)
Peoria (22)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Flaherty (STEP) Kuebel (L) Bean (NRI) Seferina (STEP) Mercado (STEP) DeJong (STEP) Bryan
Gomber (L NRI) Then O’Keefe (STEP) Swirchak Thompson
McKinney (L) Bray L Cruz (NRI) Mi Reynolds Bader (STEP)
D Perez (L) Frey
Pearce Grana
Beck
State College (28)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Wirsu Echemendia Jenner Dennard Martin Pina Lankford Acevedo
Jor Rodriguez S DeLaCruz Godoy (STEP) Grayson C Rowland Spitz
J Perez Velazco Chinea (STEP) E Rodriguez Pritchard
D Martinez Almonte Olivera
Cross Harrison
Evans (L) Tomchick
Oca (L) Wheatley (L)
Johnson City (20+2)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Dobzanski Yokley (ML) C Rivera Newman E Alvarez (STEP) Sosa (STEP) Asbury
R Williams Farinaro McCarvel (STEP) Doyle (RL) J Hawkins R Bautista
J Mateo Escudero J Martinez Sierra (STEP)
Parra Ray
R Santos
Helsley
Leitao
GCL (33)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Alcantara (STEP) Gallardo J Lopez Brodbeck Cordoba Denton Bandes
Arias Higgins F Rodriguez Tice Becker Talavera
D Gonzalez (STEP) Y Medina Zavala J Rivera
Medrano Bohannan Drongesen Torres
Woodford (STEP) Ward E Garcia Franco
Hicks Bowen (L) Plummer (STEP)
Oxnevad (L) Wick (STEP)
DeLorenzo (L)
Salazar
Schlesener (L)
DSL (42+1)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
O Diaz Ramirez Melendez D Gomez L Flores Cotes E Montero Rosendo
Casadilla Changarotty Cedeno C Rodriguez Delgado Figuera B Sanchez
J Alvarez De Jesus D Ortega Linares A Luna
Jr Gonzalez Blanco (L) I Wilson Balbuena C Luis
Seijas Lugo Ju Rodriguez Ozuna Ynfante
Cordero (L)
Estevez
Rosales (L)
Trompiz
E Perez (L)
Nunez
Je Garcia
Geronimo
Tejada (RL)
Pirela
Nicacio
Rondon
Madera

Codes

(NRI): non-roster invitee to MLB camp
(STEP): Spring Training Early Program invitee
(DL): injured – on the disabled list
(TI): temporarily inactive list
(PL): paternity leave
(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+PL+SL+RL) players

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14 Responses to “Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2016 Spring Training”

  1. blingboy says:

    Nothing like a fresh Matrix. Life is good.

    The chronological list of transactions is gold.

  2. Brian Walton says:

    Hey, bling! I happened to check the “official depth charts” at MLB.com and discovered they added this disclaimer at the very top of the page. Apparently you weren’t the only one who had the wrong impression.

    “Projected by MLB.com and not subject to the approval of the St. Louis Cardinals”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/team/depth_chart/index.jsp?c_id=stl

  3. Cards4Lyfe says:

    Hi Brian,
    I love the site and the Roster Matrix. I do some questions I hope you can help me clear up. State College’s website still lists Mike Aldrete and Andrew Pierce as being on their roster but in a restricted capacity. Can you explain why they are not included in your matrix and what’s going on with them?

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Gronsky got released

  5. Cards4Lyfe says:

    Is this team made of glass? 1 game and already 7 guys on the DL

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