For reference, they are:
• Memphis Redbirds, Triple-A, Pacific Coast League
• Springfield Cardinals, Double-A, Texas League
• Palm Beach Cardinals, A-Advanced, Florida State League
• Quad Cities River Bandits, A, Midwest League
Click on each highlighted team name to review their 2010 rosters, with links to each player's free profile pages where there is a wealth of information, including past articles and links to stats. (Memphis and Springfield are complete for 2010, with Palm Beach and Quad Cities still in the process of being freshened for the new season.)
For 2010, minor league pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter, Florida on February 8 with position players due to arrive two days later. For the full schedule of 2010 Cardinals minor league spring training games, click here.
While the information below is organized by team, it is not the manner in which the Cardinals are representing their squads at this point. Yes, before too long after camp gets underway, they will split into five working rosters to play games, but they are extremely fluid. Note that Quad Cities will have two working spring squads, which still means over 30 players per team initially. Of course, as 30 more players will eventually be released from the major league camp, this group will swell further, but the group will also contract a bit via the inevitable spring releases.
Simply to make the 146 names easier to digest, I am listing each player on the roster in which he ended the 2009 season. At this early date, please do not get hung up on the levels, the infield positions or the order of names.
2010 St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training invitees – pitchers (83)
|Rundles (L)||Additon (L)||M Gonzalez||Broderick||Buursma|
|Meyer (L)||Dickson||Freeman (L)||Nieto||Bradford|
|Kulik (L)||Y Martinez||Diapoules||Garceau|
|Dew||G Brown (L)|
|Quad Cities||Batavia||Johnson City|
|SP||RP||2009 draft P||Other P||2009 draft P||Other P|
|S Miller||D Carpenter||Calhoun (L)||Blazek||Butler||A Ferrara (L)|
|Fornataro||Delgado||Corrigan||Hooker||Heim (L)||R Gonzalez|
|Schneider||Pichardo||Ju Edwards (L)||Maertz||Kington||Notti|
|Thomas||M Tapia||Lavigne||Siegrist (L)||Novak||Rada|
|McGregor||Squatrito||P Rodriguez||C Johnson||Ang. De Jesus|
|Veres||J Smith||Daugherty (L)||North|
|2009 draft P||Other P|
|H Hernamdez (L)|
2010 St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training invitees – position players (63)
|Derba||A Brown||Luna||Sedbrook||Folli||Ant. DeJesus|
|P Vazquez||Rivera||Marmol||M Carpenter||Chambers|
|Murphy||C Smith||A Castellanos||Pham|
|L DeLaCruz||Adams||Jackson||N Vasquez||Swinson|
|Tartamella||J Rodriguez||L Mateo||Y Castillo||Beatty|
|A Perez||Obregon||R Smith|
|Washington||Valera||R DeLaCruz||V Hill|
Regarding the players themselves, there are no real surprises. I subjectively placed the Cardinals four free agent signees on either Memphis (pitcher Rich Rundles and infielder Kevin Howard) or Springfield (pitchers Houston Summers and Yoffri Martinez). Outfielder Devin Shepherd, the Cards' 11th round pick in 2008, is back after having spent the entire 2009 season on the restricted list. Also returning is Springfield second baseman Jose Martinez, who missed all of last year with injury and personal issues.
Every returning player down through the 2009 season-ending Johnson City roster is among the 146 with the exception of left-handed pitcher John Durham and infielder Kleininger Teran. I have a request in to determine if there are any issues with the two. Six players that finished 2009 in the Gulf Coast League are among the 2010 camp invitees as well.
As expected, Batavia infielder Alan Ahmady, suspended following the 2009 season for 50 games, will not be in camp. Absence their names on the list provided me, I assume twice-retired pitcher Josh Wilson and second baseman Jaime Landin remain on the restricted list.
Players who do not make one of the four full-season squads will remain behind for extended spring training, a continuation camp that will run through the start of short-season ball in mid-June. The left-over players will be augmented by a number of players brought over to the US from the academies in the Dominican and Venezuela. These players, along with 2010 draftees, will staff the rosters of these clubs:
In addition to the team rosters here on the main TheCardinalNation.com site, I maintain a year-round pictorial view of all of these rosters together on a single page along with a detailed listing of transactions on my blog, TheCardinalNationBlog.com. The vehicle is something I call the Roster Matrix. Its base view looks very similar to what you see above, but includes all 300 or so players under contract to the Cardinals organization.
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