The Cardinals Spring Training Roster Notes


Posted Mar 2, 2007


Ray Mileur's weekly inside look at the St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training Roster with player notes and observations.


Spring Training Notebook – 03/02 

   

The Weekly Spring Training Roster Report

 

The Cardinals currently have 59 players in camp; the break down is 28 pitchers, 8 catchers, 11 infielders and 12 outfielders.

PITCHERS (28)

#29 Chris Carpenter - working on changeup that cost him two runs Thursday, (he’s fine)
#71 Troy Cate – pitched two strong innings against FAU
#79 Andy Cavazos – allowed only one earn run in 16 AA appearances, for a 0.45 ERA
#79 Dennis Dove – a plus fastball made the trip but did not play Thursday against Mets
#40 Brian Falkenborg – pitched well against FLA Wednesday, a dark horse to make the club
#34 Randy Flores – gave up 4 hits, 2 runs, in one inning pitched Wednesday, still early
#31 Ryan Franklin – if Braden Looper falters, the job appears to his
#32 Josh Hancock – didn’t look good on Wednesday, could be facing some competition
#77 Blake Hawksworth – pitched well against the Mets with their stars still in the game
#44 Izzy – pitched side session on Thursday, I’m still doubtful he’ll be ready
#78 Kelvin Jiminez – coaches reluctant to be very impressed, but the kid is doing very well
#61 Tyler Johnson – pitching well in spite of getting tagged for loss on Thursday
#54 Randy Keisler – coaches higher on Keisler initially, than I am
#52 Josh Kinney – my set up guy for Izzy, or temporary closer if needed
#64 Chris Lambert – stand out from Boston College itching to get into a game
#41 Braden Looper – makes his first Major League start Friday vs. Mets
#30 Mark Mulder - will start the season on the 60 day DL
#60 Chris Narveson - real dark horse to make the club as a lefty starter
#65 Mike Parisi – blew a save opportunity Thursday, maintained composure, good sign
#23 Anthony Reyes - sharp, considering stage of spring training
#73 Ricardo Rincon – schedule to pitch Friday, working out like he has to make the club
#66 Mike Sillman – coaches very high on, pitched scoreless frame against FLA
#63 Russ Springer – solid veteran, I didn’t see much of this week
#48 Brad Thompson – hasn’t appeared in a game yet, does that tell you something?
#50 Adam Wainwright – only took 30 pitches to get through three innings Wednesday
#21 Kip Wells - #2 starter, should have his best season ever, mark it down
#67 Mark Worrell – Minor League Pitcher of the Year 05, struggled against FAU,

CATCHERS (8)

#87 Bryan Anderson – he has what Molina doesn’t have and vice versa
#28 Gary Bennett – may have to beat out Marrero before it is over
#82 Ryan Christenson – in camp for at least two more weeks
#84 Brian Esposito – with the Cardinals until the minors report in mid-March
#74 Michel Hernandez – cut from the 40 man roster, Triple-A his best shot
#35 Eli Marrero – spent time at first this week after catching for mostly for 2 weeks
#4  Yadier Molina – hitting .500 (1-2) so far, didn’t play in Thursday’s game in New York
*83 Danilo Sanchez – the ninth catcher on the depth chart


INFIELDERS (11)

#70 Tagg Bozied – some raw talent here, listed as infielder, playing at first
#19 Jolbert Cabrera – he can play shortstop, made a great play on Wednesday
#22 David Eckstein - if the season started today, he would be ready
#68 Edgar Gonzalez – pinch hitting for Miles Thursday, hit a HR, that doesn’t hurt
#76 Travis Hanson – added 15 pounds this winter, great shape, ready for comeback
#7   Adam Kennedy – missed first three games this week due to twinge on right side
#12 Aaron Miles – getting more playing time with Kennedy injured
#5  Albert Pujols – 0-for-six, first two Major League Spring Training Games, cut him
#27 Scott Rolen - physically he’s 100% for a change
#75 Brendan Ryan – putting in overtime with Rick Eckstein & Oquendo, working on defense
#26 Scott Spiezio – the super-sub is playing first and third so far


OUTFIELDERS (12)

#49 Rick Ankiel – 10th spring training with St. Louis, forget his past, starting at Memphis
#16 Chris Duncan – improving each day with his defense, hit a HR Thursday vs. Mets
#15 Jim Edmonds - look for him around the third week of March,
#43 Juan Encarnacion - should start hitting in about a week
#86 Cody Haerther – will have trouble getting at bats this spring
#63 Ryan Ludwick – two base hits and a sac fly in the FAU game, impressive start
#88 Miguel Negron – walk and struck out, late inning replacement for Dunc Wednesday
#84 Colby Rasmus – the future may be closer than you think
#53 John Rodriguez – how many outfielders can they carry?  J-Rod may be odd man out
#55 Skip Schumaker – still covering a lot of ground in center and right
#99 So Taguchi - to see more playing time in center with Edmonds sidelined
#3   Preston Wilson – will get a lot of at-bats this spring, for a 4th or 5th outfielder

 

NOTES

Braden Looper gets his first start today against the Mets.  He’ll be followed by Ryan Franklin, who is supposed to be in competition with Looper for the 5th starter’s job.  Chris Narveson, Josh Kinney, Kelvin Jimenez, Dennis Dove and Ricardo Rincon are also scheduled to pitch.

Chris Narveson, a long shot to make the club as a member of the rotation, would be the only lefty in the rotation.

Josh Kinney, La Russa has said that Kinney is in competition to start, I would suggest he be used as the set up man for Izzy or if Izzy is hurt, put his name at the top of the closer by committee list.

Kelvin Jimenez has been very impressive early in camp, he’s been so good, seriously I can’t wait to see him pitch again and I have only watched about 70 hours of pitching over the past three weeks.

Dennis Dove has a blazing fastball that could end up anywhere.  In Springfield last season, the stadium radar gun hit 103 several times when I saw him pitching there.  The gun may have been off, but he still packs some heat.

Ricardo Rincon looks a lot better so far than I was expecting.  I was down on him last year, for showing up late, taking off to the World Baseball Classic and then not surviving the first month of the season, which may be attributed to his WBC play. He is in excellent condition, pitching well and fielding his position well in pitching the drills.

Hall of Famer Lou Brock arrived in camp this week; we should begin seeing him in uniform around the ballpark.



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