2018 Cardinals Spring Training Number Assignments

photo: Carson Kelly, Jose Martinez, Harrison Bader (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Images)

Baseball is a game of numbers and what is more relevant than the digits players wear on their uniforms?

We take our annual dive into the spring training number assignments for St. Louis Cardinals players and coaches. I will provide two views below. The first is a straight 1-99 view. The second will be a more detailed breakdown, including changes from 2017.

As one will see below, all numbers from 1 through 96 are currently spoken for, with the exception of seven – 8, 15, 26, 30, 33, 34 and 49. Three others remain out of commission in unofficial retired status, and 97 through 99 are available, likely to be used on minor leaguers brought in from the backfields for the afternoon, once “1:00 p.m.” games begin on February 23.

Update February 19: Bud Norris (26) replaces Rowan Wick (72) on the 40-man roster and the signing of Jason Motte (30) increases the non-roster invitees to 24.

# Roster Spring 2018
1 Ozzie Smith (retired) 51 Willie McGee
2 Red Schoendienst (retired) 52 Michael Wacha
3 Jedd Gyorko 53 John Gant
4 Yadier Molina 54 Alex Mejia
5 Albert Pujols (since 2011) 55 Dominic Leone
6 Stan Musial (retired) 56 Bryan Eversgerd
7 Luke Weaver 57 Darryl Kile (since 2002)
8 58 Preston Guilmet
9 Enos Slaughter (retired) 59 Mike Mayers
10 Tony La Russa (retired) 60 John Brebbia
11 Jose Oquendo 61 Steven Baron
12 Paul DeJong 62 Yairo Munoz
13 Matt Carpenter 63 Tyler O’Neill
14 Ken Boyer (retired) 64 Sam Tuivailala
15 65 Ryan Sherriff
16 Kolten Wong 66 Wilfredo Tovar
17 Dizzy Dean (retired) 67 Matt Bowman
18 Carlos Martinez 68 Austin Gomber
19 Carson Kelly 69
20 Lou Brock (retired) 70 Tyler Lyons
21 Jordan Schafer 71 Derian Gonzalez
22 Mike Matheny 72 Rowan Wick
23 Marcell Ozuna 73 Patrick Wisdom
24 Whitey Herzog (retired) 74 Oscar Mercado
25 Dexter Fowler 75 Adolis Garcia
26 Bud Norris 76 Kleininger Teran
27 Brett Cecil 77 Josh Lucas
28 Tommy Pham 78 Randy Arozarena
29 Alex Reyes 79 Max Schrock
30 Jason Motte 80 Edmundo Sosa
31 Mike Maddux 81 Rangel Ravelo
32 Jack Flaherty 82 Tommy Edman
33 83 Mike Shildt
34 84 Daniel Poncedeleon
35 Greg Garcia 85 August Busch (retired)
36 Sean Gilmartin 86 Arturo Reyes
37 Oliver Marmol 87 Jake Woodford
38 Jose Martinez 88 Ryan Helsley
39 Miles Mikolas 89 Jordan Hicks
40 Luke Voit 90 Conner Greene
41 Breyvic Valera 91 Dakota Hudson
42 Sutter/Robinson (retired) 92 Hector Mendoza
43 Bill Mueller 93 Andrew Knizner
44 Luke Gregerson 94 Jamie Pogue
45 Bob Gibson (retired) 95 Jeremy Martinez
46 Francisco Pena 96 Dennis Ortega
47 John Mabry 97
48 Harrison Bader 98
49 99
50 Adam Wainwright

Next is a view by grouping. In every case, I list the individual’s spring number as well as who wore it last spring, as applicable. When the player had the same number in 2017, his number is just listed instead of repeating his name, for visual clarity.

On the left are the 23 non-roster invitees. On the right are the 40-man roster players.

Note the significant change from year to year. Only 19 of the 63 players invited to 2018 spring camp were at the 2017 camp wearing the same number. Of course, some of the others are back, but with different digits assigned.

Non-Roster Invitees (24) 40-Man Roster (40)
# 2017 Pitchers (11) # 2017 Pitchers (22)
36 Aledmys Diaz Sean Gilmartin 67 67 Matt Bowman
58 Jose Martinez Preston Guilmet 60 Kendry Flores John Brebbia
88 Harrison Bader Ryan Helsley 27 Jhonny Peralta Brett Cecil
89 Arturo Reyes Jordan Hicks 32 Matt Adams Jack Flaherty
91 Robby Rowland Dakota Hudson 53 53 John Gant
92 Jack Flaherty Hector Mendoza 68 Alberto Rosario Austin Gomber
84 Josh Lucas Daniel Poncedeleon 71 Carson Kelly Derian Gonzalez
86 Patrick Wisdom Arturo Reyes 90 D. Schutzenhofer Conner Greene
21 Brett Cecil Jordan Schafer 44 Trevor Rosenthal Luke Gregerson
87 Paul DeJong Jake Woodford 55 Stephen Piscotty Dominic Leone
30 Carson Kelly Jason Motte 77 Chris Maloney Josh Lucas
70 70 Tyler Lyons
# 2017 Catchers (5) 18 18 Carlos Martinez
61 Alex Reyes Steven Baron 59 59 Mike Mayers
93 Sandy Alcantara Andrew Knizner 26 Seung-hwan Oh Bud Norris
95 Daniel Poncedeleon Jeremy Martinez 39 Jamie Pogue Miles Mikolas
96 Andrew Knizner Dennis Ortega 29 Zach Duke Alex Reyes
46 Kevin Siegrist Francisco Pena 65 Chad Huffman Ryan Sherriff
64 64 Sam Tuivailala
# 2017 Infielders (6) 52 52 Michael Wacha
82 Gabriel Lino Tommy Edman 50 50 Adam Wainwright
54 Zach Phillips Alex Mejia 7 open Luke Weaver
81 Anthony Garcia Rangel Ravelo 72 72 Rowan Wick
79 Magneuris Sierra Max Schrock
66 66 Wilfredo Tovar # 2017 Catchers (2)
73 Breyvic Valera Patrick Wisdom 19 Jordan Schafer Carson Kelly
4 4 Yadier Molina
# 2017 Outfielders (2)
78 Trey Nielsen Randy Arozarena # 2017 Infielders (9)
75 75 Adolis Garcia 13 13 Matt Carpenter
12 open Paul DeJong
35 35 Greg Garcia
3 3 Jedd Gyorko
62 Luke Weaver Yairo Munoz
80 80 Edmundo Sosa
41 Eric Fryer Breyvic Valera
40 Mitch Harris Luke Voit
16 16 Kolten Wong
# 2017 Outfielders (7)
48 Todd Cunningham Harrison Bader
25 25 Dexter Fowler
38 Mike Shildt Jose Martinez
74 Eliezer Alvarez Oscar Mercado
63 Miguel Socolovich Tyler O’Neill
23 Bill Mueller Marcell Ozuna
28 28 Tommy Pham

Then we have the coaches and the retired numbers everyone is most familiar with from the outfield wall at Busch Stadium.

Going clockwise, next are the numbers that appear to be unofficially out of service to honor former team greats. That group declined by two for 2018 with the return of Jose Oquendo and Willie McGee joining the big-league staff for the first time.

By simple process of elimination, the final group of seven remains. Interestingly, all seven were active last season. Two players were traded, one departed as a free agent, one changed his number, two coaches were fired, and one coach left the Cardinals for another organization. The common thread is these numbers remain open and ready to be assigned.

# 2017 Coaches (13) # Retired (12)
56 Marco Gonzales Bryan Eversgerd 1 Ozzie Smith
22 22 Mike Matheny 2 Red Schoendienst
47 47 John Mabry 6 Stan Musial
31 Lance Lynn Mike Maddux 9 Enos Slaughter
37 37 Oliver Marmol 10 Tony La Russa
51 51 Willie McGee 14 Ken Boyer
43 open Bill Mueller 17 Dizzy Dean
11 11 Jose Oquendo 20 Lou Brock
83 Ryan Sherriff Mike Shildt 24 Whitey Herzog
94 Austin Gomber Jamie Pogue 42 Bruce Sutter/Jackie Robinson
76 76 Kleininger Teran 45 Bob Gibson
85 August Busch
Available (6)
# (last worn/year) # Unofficially out of service (3)
8 Mike Leake (2017) 5 Albert Pujols (since 2011)
15 Randal Grichuk (2017) 57 Darryl Kile (since 2002)
26 Seung-hwan Oh (2017) 69
30 Carson Kelly (2017)
33 David Bell (2017)
34 Derek Lilliquist (2017)
49 Blaise Ilsley (2017)
72 Rowan Wick (2018)

Notable changes

Of the major leaguers who left the Cardinals this past off-season, Randal Grichuk’s number 15 most noticeably remains open. Despite the fact it has been worn by several others since, some Cardinals fans will always associate it with team Hall of Famer Jim Edmonds.

Paul DeJong (USA TODAY Sports Images)

As many know, as part of Oquendo’s return, he reclaimed his 11 from Paul DeJong, who somewhat surprisingly had been issued it last May (after being assigned 87 last spring). For 2018, the shortstop has moved up one digit to 12, which was unused in last year’s camp, though reliever Juan Nicasio was given it when traded to St. Louis last September.

The team’s newest marquee acquisition, outfielder Marcell Ozuna, took over Bill Mueller’s 23, with the assistant hitting coach moving to 43, last worn by Magneuris Sierra during last season. New pitching coach Mike Maddux inherited Lance Lynn’s 31.

Recently-signed closer Luke Gregerson assumes old closer Trevor Rosenthal’s 44. Top prospect Alex Reyes has taken over the 29 worn by Zach Duke. Reliever Dominic Leone now has Stephen Piscotty’s old 55.

Mike Shildt (USA TODAY Sports Images)

First baseman-outfielder Jose Martinez went from 58 to Mike Shildt’s old 38. The new bench coach reversed his digits, taking a number for which there should be no competition – 83.

Carson Kelly made his second shift since he donned 71 last spring. During the 2017 season, the catcher took Jonathan Broxton’s old 30 before dropping down to 19 for 2018.

With at least 20 Cardinals spring games to be televised, and potentially a few more to be added, you are going to want to know who is who. (Check this link for the updated schedule.)

Update 2/13/18: New Cardinals pitcher Bud Norris has been assigned Seung-hwan Oh’s old number 26.

For more

The Roster Matrix and the St. Louis Cardinals roster here at 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 uniform numbers are not designated on the Matrix.

Our St. Louis roster here at TCN does include uniform numbers, with players listed based on a 25-man roster view. All players remain on their official year-ending 2017 teams until they have a firm assignment to open 2018. All eight minor league affiliates’ rosters are kept up to date, as well. The Matrix and all rosters can always be accessed from the menu on the left column.

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