2021 Cardinals Spring Training Number Assignments

photo: Darryl KIle (Mike Fiala/Getty Images)

February 18 update

Recent additions Ali Sanchez (no. 41) and Matt Szczur (no. 36) have been assigned uniform numbers for spring camp. Tyler O’Neill last more 41 before shifting to 27. Austin Gomber was most recently no. 36. Tables below have been updated accordingly.

With 100 possible numbers to place on uniforms for the St. Louis Cardinals (thanks to Austin Dean’s “0”), it is once again time to review who is who as spring training camp 2021 is slated to open.

In our annual dive into the spring training number assignments for Cardinals players and coaches, two views will follow. The first is a straight 0-99 take. The second will be a more detailed breakdown, including changes from spring 2020.

Tony La Russa with Darryl Kile jersey (Scott Rovak/Getty Images)

As one will see below, uniforms from 0 through 99 are currently spoken for with the exception of just nine numbers. And two of those will be soon assigned to new acquisitions Ali Sanchez and Matt Szczur. 12 others are permanently allocated to Hall of Famers and two remain out of commission in unofficial retired status – nos. 5 and 69.

On that latter point, the quantity of purposely unused numbers has dropped from three in recent years. Here in 2021, for the first time since Darryl Kile’s passing in 2002, his number 57 is back in circulation. The honoree is The Cardinal Nation’s no. 5 prospect, pitcher Zack Thompson.

# Roster Spring 2021 #
0 Austin Dean 50 Adam Wainwright
1 Ozzie Smith (retired) 51 Willie McGee
2 Red Schoendienst (retired) 52 Matthew Liberatore
3 Dylan Carlson 53 John Gant
4 Yadier Molina 54 Jeff Albert
5 Albert Pujols (since 2011) 55 Angel Rondon
6 Stan Musial (retired) 56 Ryan Helsley
7 Andrew Knizner 57 Zack Thompson
8 Mike Shildt 58 Jobel Jimenez
9 Enos Slaughter (retired) 59 Johan Oviedo
10 Tony La Russa (retired) 60 Jesus Cruz
11 Paul DeJong 61 Seth Elledge
12 Jordan Hicks 62 Evan Kruczynski
13 Matt Carpenter 63 Edmundo Sosa
14 Ken Boyer (retired) 64 Jose Rondon
15 65 Giovanny Gallegos
16 66 Tyler Heineman
17 Dizzy Dean (retired) 67 Max Moroff
18 Carlos Martinez 68 Nolan Gorman
19 Tommy Edman 69
20 Lou Brock (retired) 70 Evan Mendoza
21 Andrew Miller 71 Carlos Soto
22 Jack Flaherty 72 Bryan Eversgerd
23 73 Dennis Ortega
24 Whitey Herzog (retired) 74 Tommy Parsons
25 75 Ron “Pop” Warner
26 Justin Williams 76 Kleininger Teran
27 Tyler O’Neill 77 Roel Ramirez
28 Nolan Arenado 78 Connor Jones
29 Alex Reyes 79 Luken Baker
30 Tyler Webb 80 Griffin Roberts
31 Mike Maddux 81 Kramer Robertson
32 Daniel Ponce de Leon 82 Stubby Clapp
33 Kwang-Hyun Kim 83 Domingo Robles
34 John Nogowski 84 Garrett Williams
35 Lane Thomas 85 August Busch (retired)
36 Matt Szczur (added) 86 Austin Warner
37 Oliver Marmol 87 Scott Hurst
38 88 Packy Eklins
39 Miles Mikolas 89 Justin Toerner
40 Jake Woodford 90 Dusty Blake/Conner Capel
41 Ali Sanchez (added) 91 Lars Nootvaar
42 Sutter/Robinson (retired) 92 Genesis Cabrera
43 Dakota Hudson 93
44 Junior Fernandez 94 Jamie Pogue
45 Bob Gibson (retired) 95 Delvin Perez
46 Paul Goldschmidt 96
47 Ivan Herrera 97
48 Harrison Bader 98 Alexis Wilson
49 Johan Quezada 99 Pedro Pages

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 28 non-roster invitees. To the right are the 40-man roster players. They are listed alphabetically within position grouping.

Note the significant change from year to year. Only 30 of the 73 players invited to 2020 spring camp are back in the 2021 camp wearing the same number. Of course, a number of others remain on the team, but with different digits assigned.

Non-Roster Invitees (28) 40-Man Roster (39)
Pitchers (11) Pitchers (22)
# 2020 2021 # 2020 2021
60 John Brebbia Jesus Cruz 92 Genesis Cabrera Genesis Cabrera
78 Ramon Santos Connor Jones 61 Seth Elledge Seth Elledge
62 Daniel Ponce de Leon Evan Kruczynski 44 Junior Fernandez Junior Fernandez
52 Alvaro Seijas Matthew Liberatore 22 Jack Flaherty Jack Flaherty
74 Nabil Crismatt Tommy Parsons 65 Giovanny Gallegos Giovanny Gallegos
77 Roel Ramirez Roel Ramirez 53 John Gant John Gant
80 Zack Thompson Griffin Roberts 56 Ryan Helsley Ryan Helsley
83 John Nogowski (1B) Domingo Robles 12 Jordan Hicks Jordan Hicks
57 (reserved Darryl Kile) Zack Thompson 43 Dakota Hudson Dakota Hudson
86 Jesus Cruz Austin Warner 33 Kwang-Hyun Kim Kwang-Hyun Kim
84 Evan Mendoza (SS) Garrett Williams 18 Carlos Martinez Carlos Martinez
39 Miles Mikolas Miles Mikolas
21 Andrew Miller Andrew Miller
59 Evan Kruczynski Johan Oviedo
32 Matt Wieters (C) Daniel Ponce de Leon
49 Elehuris Montero (3B) Johan Quezada
29 Alex Reyes Alex Reyes
55 Max Schrock (SS) Angel Rondon
50 Adam Wainwright Adam Wainwright
30 Tyler Webb Tyler Webb
38 Austin Dean (OF) Kodi Whitley
40 Jake Woodford Jake Woodford
Catchers (5) Catchers (4)
# 2020 2021 # 2020 2021
98 Antonini/Alexis Wilson Aaron Antonini 47 Rangel Ravelo Ivan Herrera
66 Matthew Liberatore (P) Tyler Heineman 7 Andrew Knizner Andrew Knizner
73 Akeem Bostick (P) Dennis Ortega 4 Yadier Molina Yadier Molina
99 Pages/Dennis Ortega Pedro Pages 41 Tyler O’Neill Ali Sanchez
71 Julio Rodriguez Carlos Soto
Infielders (7) Infielders (7)
# 2020 2021 # 2020 2021
79 Luken Baker Luken Baker 28 Oscar Hernandez (C) Nolan Arenado
68 Dylan Carlson Nolan Gorman 13 Matt Carpenter Matt Carpenter
70 Jose Godoy (C) Evan Mendoza 11 Paul DeJong Paul DeJong
67 Rob Kaminsky (P) Max Moroff 19 Tommy Edman Tommy Edman
95 Griffin Roberts (P) Delvin Perez 46 Paul Goldschmidt Paul Goldschmidt
81 Nolan Gorman Kramer Robertson 34 Yairo Munoz John Nogowski
64 Ramon Urias Jose Rondon 63 Edmundo Sosa Edmundo Sosa
Outfielders (5) Outfielders (6)
# 2020 2021 # 2020 2021
90 Kodi Whitley (P) Conner Capel 48 Harrison Bader Harrison Bader
87 Johan Oviedo (P) Scott Hurst 3 Dylan Carlson
91 Bryan Dobzanski (P) Lars Nootbaar 0 Austin Dean
36 Austin Gomber Matt Szczur 27 Brett Cecil (P) Tyler O’Neill
89 Angel Rondon (P) Justin Toerner 35 Lane Thomas Lane Thomas
26 Justin Williams 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. The two newest coaches, Packy Elkins and Dusty Blake, have taken non-descript nos. 88 and 90, respectively.

Going clockwise, next are the numbers that appear to be unofficially out of service to honor former team greats.

Coaches (13) # Retired (12)
# 2020 2021 1 Ozzie Smith
54 Jeff Albert Jeff Albert 2 Red Schoendienst
90 Kodi Whitley (P) Dusty Blake 6 Stan Musial
82 Stubby Clapp Stubby Clapp 9 Enos Slaughter
88 Tommy Parsons (P) Packy Elkins 10 Tony La Russa
72 Bryan Eversgerd Bryan Eversgerd 14 Ken Boyer
58 Jobel Jimenez Jobel Jimenez 17 Dizzy Dean
31 Mike Maddux Mike Maddux 20 Lou Brock
37 Oliver Marmol Oliver Marmol 24 Whitey Herzog
51 Willie McGee Willie McGee 42 Bruce Sutter/Jackie Robinson
94 Jamie Pogue Jamie Pogue 45 Bob Gibson
8 Mike Shildt Mike Shildt 85 August Busch
76 Kleininger Teran Kleininger Teran
75 Ron “Pop” Warner Ron “Pop” Warner # Unofficially out of service (2)
5 Albert Pujols (since 2011)
Available (9) (7)
# (last worn/year)
15 Brad Miller (2020)
16 Kolten Wong (2020)
23 Marcell Ozuna (2019)
25 Dexter Fowler (2020)
36 Austin Gomber (2020)
41 Tyler O’Neill (2020)
93 Alex FaGalde
96 Carlos Soto
97 Ivan Herrera

Notable changes

Of the major leaguers who left the Cardinals this off-season, the numbers of four remain open. They are Brad Miller (no. 3), Kolten Wong (no. 16) and Dexter Fowler (no. 25) and Austin Gomber (no. 36). Marcell Ozuna’s old no. 23 is unallocated for a second year.

Tyler O’Neill shifted from no. 41 (which was not reassigned) to Brett Cecil’s old no. 27. Daniel Ponce de Leon grabbed former catcher Matt Wieters’ no. 32 and when called up last August, John Nogowski took over the no. 34 worn last spring by Yairo Muñoz.

Noteworthy progress is made by Nolan Gorman, moving up to no. 68. Not only was it worn by Dylan Carlson last year, it was also the number assigned to Albert Pujols in his only year as a non-roster invitee.

New 40-man arrivals Nolan Arenado (no. 28) and Johan Quezada (no. 49) take veteran-like lower numbers. Same for prospects Ivan Herrera (now no. 47) and Angel Rondon (new no. 55).

As noted above, numbers for recently acquired catcher Ali Sanchez and non-roster invitee, outfielder Matt Szczur, have not yet been announced.

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 roughly 26-man roster view. All players remain on their official year-ending 2020 teams until they have a firm assignment to open 2021. All nine minor league affiliates’ rosters are kept up to date, as well. (Note that State College and Johnson City remain here until their players have been disbursed to other team rosters.)

The Matrix and all rosters can always be accessed from the menu on the far left column.

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