2019 Cardinals Spring Training Number Assignments

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With 99 possible numbers to place on uniforms for the St. Louis Cardinals, it is once again time to review who is who as spring training camp 2019 opens.

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In our annual dive into the spring training number assignments for Cardinals players and coaches, I will provide two views. The first is a straight 1-99 take. The second will be a more detailed breakdown, including changes from spring 2018.

As one will see below, every number from 1 through 96 is currently spoken for, with the exception of six numbers – 7, 15, 19, 26, 32 and 35. Three others remain out of commission in unofficial retired status, and 97 through 99 are available to be used on minor leaguers brought in from the backfields for the afternoon, once “1:00 p.m.” games begin on February 23.

# Roster Spring 2019
1 Ozzie Smith (retired) 51 Willie McGee
2 Red Schoendienst (retired) 52 Michael Wacha
3 Jedd Gyorko 53 John Gant
4 Yadier Molina 54 Jeff Albert
5 Albert Pujols (since 2011) 55 Dominic Leone
6 Stan Musial (retired) 56 Ryan Helsley
7 57 Darryl Kile (since 2002)
8 Mike Shildt 58 Mark Budaska
9 Enos Slaughter (retired) 59 Mike Mayers
10 Tony La Russa (retired) 60 John Brebbia
11 Stubby Clapp 61 Genesis Cabrera
12 Paul DeJong 62 Daniel Ponce de Leon
13 Matt Carpenter 63 Edmundo Sosa
14 Ken Boyer (retired) 64 Ramon Urias
15 65 Giovanny Gallegos
16 Kolten Wong 66 Lane Thomas
17 Dizzy Dean (retired) 67 Justin Williams
18 Carlos Martinez 68 Tommy Layne
19 69
20 Lou Brock (retired) 70 Chris Beck
21 Andrew Miller 71 Williams Perez
22 Jack Flaherty 72 Bryan Eversgerd
23 Marcell Ozuna 73 Hunter Cervenka
24 Whitey Herzog (retired) 74 Ryan Meisinger
25 Dexter Fowler 75 Ron “Pop” Warner
26 76 Kleininger Teran
27 Brett Cecil 77 Mike Hauschild
28 Adolis Garcia 78 Joe Hudson
29 Alex Reyes 79 Max Schrock
30 Tyler Webb 80 Jake Woodford
31 Mike Maddux 81 Rangel Ravelo
32 82 Tommy Edman
33 Drew Robinson 83 Randy Arozarena
34 Yairo Munoz 84 Andrew Knizner
35 85 August Busch (retired)
36 Austin Gomber 86 Jeremy Martinez
37 Oliver Marmol 87 Dennis Ortega
38 Jose Martinez 88 Jose Godoy
39 Miles Mikolas 89 Brian O’Keefe
40 Chasen Shreve 90 Julio Rodriguez
41 Tyler O’Neill 91 Dylan Carlson
42 Sutter/Robinson (retired) 92 Seth Elledge
43 Dakota Hudson 93 Connor Jones
44 Luke Gregerson 94 Jamie Pogue
45 Bob Gibson (retired) 95 Evan Kruczynski
46 Paul Goldschmidt 96 Andrew Morales
47 Francisco Pena 97
48 Harrison Bader 98
49 Jordan Hicks 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.

On the left are the 24 non-roster invitees. To the right are the 40-man roster players. They are listed alphabetically within position groupings.

Note the significant change from year to year. Only 23 of the 64 players invited to 2019 spring camp were at the 2018 camp wearing the same number. Of course, many of the others are back, but with different digits assigned.

Non-Roster Invitees (24) 40-Man Roster (40)
# 2018 Pitchers (11) # 2018 Pitchers (22)
70 Tyler Lyons Chris Beck 60 John Brebbia John Brebbia
73 Patrick Wisdom Hunter Cervenka 61 Steven Baron Genesis Cabrera
92 Hector Mendoza Seth Elledge 27 Brett Cecil Brett Cecil
77 Josh Lucas Mike Hauschild 22 Mike Matheny Jack Flaherty
93 Andrew Knizner Connor Jones 65 Ryan Sherriff Giovanny Gallegos
95 Jeremy Martinez Evan Kruczynski 53 John Gant John Gant
68 Austin Gomber Tommy Layne 36 Sean Gilmartin Austin Gomber
74 Oscar Mercado Ryan Meisinger 44 Luke Gregerson Luke Gregerson
96 Dennis Ortega Andrew Morales 56 Bryan Eversgerd Ryan Helsley
71 Derian Gonzalez Williams Perez 49 Blaise Ilsley (2017) Jordan Hicks
80 Edmundo Sosa Jake Woodford 43 Bill Mueller Dakota Hudson
55 Dominic Leone Dominic Leone
# 2018 Catchers (8) 18 Carlos Martinez Carlos Martinez
88 Ryan Helsley Jose Godoy 59 Mike Mayers Mike Mayers
78 Randy Arozarena Joe Hudson 39 Miles Mikolas Miles Mikolas
84 Daniel Ponce de Leon Andrew Knizner 21 Jordan Schafer Andrew Miller
86 Arturo Reyes Jeremy Martinez 62 Yairo Munoz Daniel Ponce de Leon
89 Jordan Hicks Bryan O’Keefe 29 Alex Reyes Alex Reyes
87 Jake Woodford Dennis Ortega 40 Luke Voit Chasen Shreve
47 John Mabry Francisco Pena 52 Michael Wacha Michael Wacha
90 Conner Greene Julio Rodriguez 50 Adam Wainwright Adam Wainwright
30 Jason Motte Tyler Webb
# 2018 Infielders (3)
82 Tommy Edman Tommy Edman # 2018 Catchers (1)
81 Rangel Ravelo Rangel Ravelo 4 Yadier Molina Yadier Molina
79 Max Schrock Max Schrock
# 2018 Infielders (9)
# 2018 Outfielders (2) 13 Matt Carpenter Matt Carpenter
83 Mike Shildt Randy Arozarena 12 Paul DeJong Paul DeJong
91 Dakota Hudson Dylan Carlson 46 Francisco Pena Paul Goldschmidt
3 Jedd Gyorko Jedd Gyorko
34 Derek Lilliquist (2017) Yairo Munoz
33 David Bell (2017) Drew Robinson
63 Tyler O’Neill Edmundo Sosa
64 Sam Tuivailala Ramon Urias
16 Kolten Wong Kolten Wong
# 2018 Outfielders (8)
48 Harrison Bader Harrison Bader
25 Dexter Fowler Dexter Fowler
28 Tommy Pham Adolis Garcia
38 Jose Martinez Jose Martinez
41 Breyvic Valera Tyler O’Neill
23 Marcell Ozuna Marcell Ozuna
66 Wilfredo Tovar Lane Thomas
67 Matt Bowman Justin Williams

Then we have the coaches and next to them 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.

By simple process of elimination, the final group of six remains (plus the 97-99 digits). All six were active last season. Two players were traded, two departed as a free agents, one changed his number, and one was claimed off waivers. The common thread is these numbers remain open and ready to be assigned.

# 2018 Coaches (11) # Retired (12)
54 Alex Mejia Jeff Albert 1 Ozzie Smith
58 Preston Guilmet Mark Budaska 2 Red Schoendienst
11 Jose Oquendo Stubby Clapp 6 Stan Musial
72 Rowan Wick Bryan Eversgerd 9 Enos Slaughter
31 Mike Maddux Mike Maddux 10 Tony La Russa
37 Oliver Marmol Oliver Marmol 14 Ken Boyer
51 Willie McGee Willie McGee 17 Dizzy Dean
94 Jamie Pogue Jamie Pogue 20 Lou Brock
8 Mike Leake (2017) Mike Shildt 24 Whitey Herzog
76 Kleininger Teran Kleininger Teran 42 Bruce Sutter/Jackie Robinson
75 Adolis Garcia Ron “Pop” Warner 45 Bob Gibson
85 August Busch
Available (9)
# (last worn/year) # Unofficially out of service (3)
7 Luke Weaver (2018) 5 Albert Pujols (since 2011)
15 Matt Adams (2018) 57 Darryl Kile (since 2002)
19 Carson Kelly (2018) 69
26 Bud Norris (2018)
32 Jack Flaherty (2018)
35 Greg Garcia (2018)
97 Minor league guy
98 Minor league guy
99 Minor league guy

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Notable changes

Of the major leaguers who left the Cardinals this past off-season, the numbers of Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Bud Norris and Greg Garcia remain open. Jack Flaherty shifted from 32 to Mike Matheny’s old 22, with his former no. 32 open – at least for now.

Randal Grichuk’s former number 15 most noticeably remains unassigned, as it was last spring. However, when Matt Adams returned mid-season in 2018, he took the no. 15. Despite the fact it has been worn by a number of others since, some Cardinals fans will always think of it as team Hall of Famer Jim Edmonds’.

Stubby Clapp (Memphis Redbirds)

As part of Jose Oquendo’s return to the minor leagues, his no. 11 has been passed on to new first base coach Stubby Clapp. Of course, Clapp’s familiar retired no. 10 with Memphis is also retired by St. Louis for Hall of Famer Tony La Russa.

The team’s newest marquee acquisition, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, took over Francisco Peña’s no. 46, with the reserve catcher moving up one to 47. New reliever Andrew Miller has picked up no. 21, assigned last spring to outfielder-turned-pitcher Jordan Schafer and later worn by infielder Patrick Wisdom. Newly-added utilityman Drew Robinson, acquired for Wisdom from Texas, was given a veteran’s number, 33.

After all, with at least 18 Cardinals spring games to be televised, and potentially a few more to be added, you are going to want to know who is who!

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 2018 teams until they have a firm assignment to open 2019. All nine 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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