Cardinals Non-Roster Spring Camp Invitees

photo: Dakota Hudson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

While the St. Louis Cardinals have not yet issued their formal press release naming their non-roster player invitations (NRIs) to 2018 major league spring training camp, a list of 23 invitees was disclosed on Tuesday by Rob Rains of StL Sports Page.

The 23 names are denoted with a “yes” in the “Rains ann” column in the table below. They include four top 10 members of The Cardinal Nation’s 2018 prospect list – pitchers Dakota Hudson, Jordan Hicks and Ryan Helsley plus catcher Andrew Knizner.

Pitchers 2017 Top 50 1st camp Rains ann (10) BW score
Fernandez, Junior PB 17 miss –
Helsley, Ryan Spr 9 yes yes
Hicks, Jordan Spr 7 yes yes
Hudson, Dakota Mem 6 yes yes
Jones, Connor Spr 23 yes miss –
Morales, Andrew Spr HM yes miss –
Poncedeleon, Daniel Mem 31 yes
Woodford, Jake PB 18 yes
Gilmartin, Sean (L) * Mem yes # yes
Guilmet, Preston * Japan yes # yes
Pearce, Matt * Mem 35 yes miss –
Reyes, Arturo * Mem HM yes
Schafer, Jordan * Mem yes
Mendoza, Hector * PB yes yes miss +
Catchers 2017 Top 50 1st camp Rains ann (5) BW score
Knizner, Andrew Spr 8 yes
Martinez, Jeremy PB HM yes
Ortega, Dennis Peo HM yes
Rodriguez, Julio JC HM yes miss –
Pena, Francisco * AAA yes # yes
Baron, Steven * AA yes # yes
Infielders 2017 Top 50 1st camp Rains ann (6) BW score
Edman, Tommy Spr 27 yes yes
Mejia, Alex * Mem yes yes
Schrock, Max * AA 15 yes # yes
Wisdom, Patrick * Mem 40 yes
Ravelo, Rangel Mem yes yes miss +
Tovar, Wilfredo Mem yes miss +
Outfielders 2017 Top 50 1st camp Rains ann (2) BW score
Garcia, Adolis Mem 12 yes
Arozarena, Randy * Spr 13 yes yes
* Not at Instructs
# with Cardinals
HM honorable mention

The table was originally created to display my earlier NRI predictions for members of The Cardinal Nation and has been updated to incorporate the Rains report. Of the 25 names I guessed would be invited, I got 20 right.

The three I missed were Cuban pitcher Hector Mendoza, who finished last season at high-A Palm Beach, and Memphis infielders Rangel Ravelo and Wilfredo Tovar. The trio are noted in the far right column as “miss +”.

The five players I predicted would receive invitations but apparently did not, are called out with “miss -“. They are pitchers Junior Fernandez, Connor Jones, Andrew Morales and Matt Pearce and catcher Julio Rodriguez.

Of course, there could be changes even after the formal announcement, such as last spring when pitchers Fernandez and Jake Woodford were late big-league camp additions.

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