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Cardinals Starting Pitcher Jack Flaherty to Make 2022 Debut

photo: Jack Flaherty (Jeff Curry/Imagn)

St. Louis Cardinals announcement

Before tonight’s (Wednesday, June 15) series finale, the Cardinals activated RHP Jack Flaherty from the 60-day injured list, optioned LHP Packy Naughton to Memphis (AAA), designated C Ali Sánchez for assignment, and returned 27th Player LHP Matthew Liberatore to Memphis following last night’s game.

Jack Flaherty

Flaherty, who missed the first 64 games with a right shoulder injury, makes his first MLB start since Sept. 24, 2021 at the Chicago Cubs.

Brian Walton’s take

Sanchez loses his 40-man roster spot as Flaherty reclaims his. With the continued progress shown by The Cardinal Nation’s no. 4-ranked prospect Ivan Herrera, including his MLB debut, Sanchez is no longer needed as St. Louis catching insurance.

Ali Sanchez

The 25-year-old Sanchez was previously designated for assignment by his original organization, the Mets, in February 2021. Before he could reach waivers, the Cardinals acquired him in return for cash considerations.

Options are to trade him, release him, expose him to waivers where he could be claimed by another organization, or he could clear waivers and remain with Memphis. 2022 is Sanchez’ last minor league option year allowed so this is likely to be his last season in the organization, either way.

Matthew Liberatore

Liberatore was up for just one day serving as the 27th man for St. Louis’ Tuesday twin bill. The lefty threw five shutout innings on just three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in Game 1 for his best MLB appearance yet.

Packy Naughton

Naughton collected the final out of Miles Mikolas’ almost-no-hitter in Tuesday’s nightcap. His St. Louis ERA is 5.40 in nine appearances, including three starts.

This is the fifth time this season Naughton has been optioned out to Memphis, though only the third against the new five option maximum per season limit that began on May 2. Physically, he remains with the team as their taxi squad for the Boston trip (the city which he calls home).

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Peoria Chiefs Notebook – 2022 Week 10

Center fielder and Midwest League Player of the Week Mike Antico overwhelmingly led the Class-A Chiefs charge this week, meanwhile, Wilfredo Pereira has become one of Peoria’s most relied upon and consistent starting arms. Additionally, Tyler Reichenborn and L.J. Jones did their part in the box to help Peoria to a 3-3 week.

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Antico Named Midwest League Player of the Week

photo: Mike Antico (Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system has a league-wide Player of the Week for the period of June 6-12.

Peoria outfielder Mike Antico is the Midwest League Player of the Week. The 24-year-old batted .435 (10-for-23) and led all Midwest League hitters in hits, runs (7), home runs (3), total bases (23) and OPS (1.500). The left-handed hitter tied his career-best by hitting those home runs in three straight games.

Mike Antico

For the season, Antico is one off a share of the league lead with his 27 stolen bases. The Cardinals’ eighth-round draft pick in 2021 from the University of Texas was The Cardinal Nation’s choice as Rookie Player of the Year in the system last season.

The Cardinals system has no other league Player or Pitcher of the Week honorees for the June 6-12 period.


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Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook – 2022 Week 1


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Cardinals Activate Second Starting Outfielder, Dylan Carlson

photo: Dylan Carlson (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

On Friday, June 10, prior to their home series with Cincinnati, the St. Louis Cardinals activated starting right fielder Dylan Carlson from the 10-day injured list. The 23-year-old had been out since May 23 with a left hamstring strain. After a rough April, Carlson had been playing well in May prior to his injury.

Dylan Carlson

After missing 18 games, Carlson began a short rehab stint a week ago. The switch-hitter slashed .385/.500/.692/1.192 (5-for-13) including a double and home run in five rehab games with Springfield and Memphis.

Carlson is the second of the three starting infielders to come off the IL this week. Left-fielder Tyler O’Neill was activated for the prior series in Tampa Bay.

In the corresponding transaction, outfielder Lars Nootbaar was returned to Triple-A Memphis.

Lars Nootbaar

Nootbaar, 24, has struggled at the plate this season, batting just .140 in 50 at-bats with St. Louis. After opening 2022 with the Cardinals, this is Nootbaar’s second time to be optioned out this season.

With the return of the two outfielders, O’Neill and Carlson, Juan Yepez is likely to lose playing time. Brendan Donovan could be in a similar position except that he can play many positions and has been hitting very well. With Corey Dickerson on the IL, too, it seems Donovan may be the unofficial fourth outfielder.

Minor league moves

Also at Memphis, reliever Jake Walsh was placed on the seven-day IL. The move appears to be retroactive to Tuesday, when the 26-year-old was last sent down by St. Louis.

Jake Walsh

Walsh has been strong with Memphis, logging a 1.17 ERA in 13 appearances and six saves in six chances. With St. Louis, however, his ERA is 13.50 in three games.

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Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium Renovation Project is a “Go”

photo: Roger Dean Stadium (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

After years of negotiations, the future of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Florida home base has finally been settled through April 2049.

On Tuesday, May 17, Palm Beach County commissioners unanimously approved issuing $75.1 million in bonds to renovate the spring training home that the Cardinals share with the Miami Marlins. In return, the clubs extend their leases to remain in Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium for the next 25 years.

Cardinals Jupiter complex (Google Earth)

There was a sense of urgency as the organizations’ current leases were set to expire in 2027.

Last year, Palm Beach County approved a $108 million renovation plan for the complex, but it was put on hold due to COVID-related reductions in travel. The primary source of the funds is the county’s hotel bed tax. The cost of rest of the project, which has grown to $111 million, will come from tourism funds from the State of Florida earmarked to retain major league teams training in the state, the two teams and the company that runs the stadium, Jupiter Stadium, Ltd.

In the quarter century since the facility opened in 1998, RDS has become overcrowded and outdated by MLB standards.

The approved plans include demolition of existing clubhouses to make room for additional outfield seating, replacement clubhouses, relocated bullpens, upgraded concession stands, new group spaces and other improvements. An earlier plan for a 360-degree concourse was removed from the final version of the project.

Baseball at the two Palm Beach County stadiums (RDS and Ballpark of the Palm Beaches) is expected to provide an economic impact of more than $60 million next year. This includes benefits from MLB spring training, the minor league Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals, as well as national baseball showcases and tournaments held throughout the year.


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Palm Beach’s Outfield is Reinforced

photo: Elijah Cabell (Palm Beach Cardinals) On Monday, June 6, the St. Louis Cardinals executed five minor league transactions, centered on Class-A Palm Beach. The injury-plagued outfield received a major boost. Palm Beach OF Elijah Cabell has been reinstated from the 7-day IL. C Jake Burns and IF Albert Inoa have been transferred from Palm…

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St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix – 2022 Short Season

This newest Roster Matrix, covering St. Louis Cardinals and the minor league system, is refreshed with the short season team assignments for St. Louis and its four full-season affiliates plus two rookie level teams. The latter two squads, in the Florida Complex League and Dominican Summer League, opened their seasons on Monday, June 6.

For reference, the previous matrix outlined all organizational transactions during the 2022 regular season through June 5.

A refresher

If you are new to The Cardinal Nation and not familiar with the Cardinals organization roster matrix, here is quick summary:

As the 2022 rookie ball season opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had 242 players under contract from top to bottom, including a full 40-man roster plus two on the 60-day injured list. The 40-man members are called out in bold.

The matrix places each of the 242 by position at his assigned level in the system as well as by position.

The matrix is updated whenever transactions occur.

Nowhere else will you find this current and comprehensive single-page view of the entire Cardinals organization plus a decade of history.

(Do not be concerned about the order of the players’ names within position. It has no relative significance.)

Looking ahead and back

Now that you’ve found this page once, remember one of three ways to get back here. Bookmark the page, type “Roster Matrix” in the dark blue search box at the upper right (click on the magnifying glass icon) or use the menu at the left of the page: “ROSTERS/PLAYERS/MOVES” > “TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MATRIX”.

While you are using that menu, note TCN’s full rosters and player pages for every level and every player in the Cardinals system. These rosters remain in sync with the Roster Matrix and carry biographical information on all players.

St. Louis Cardinals
Memphis Redbirds
Springfield Cardinals
Peoria Chiefs
Palm Beach Cardinals
Florida Complex League Cardinals
Dominican Summer League Cardinals

For details behind prior years’ rosters and transactions (back to 2009), check out the earlier versions of the Cardinals organization Roster Matrix, via the following link.

Link to previous matrices

Transactions

6/6: New matrix. 40-man roster full. Organization total: 242 players. PB OF Elijah Cabell off 7-day IL. C Jake Burns, OF Albert Inoa from PB to FCL. C Leonardo Bernal, RHP Alfredo Ruiz from FCL to PB. 3 DSL RHPs released – Frankely Guzman, Marlyn Almonte, William Miranda. New organization total: 239 players.

6/7: StL OF Tyler O’Neill off 10-day IL. RHR Jake Walsh from StL to Mem. RHS Connor Lunn and IF Roberto Baldoquin off Springfield 7-day IL. FCL RHP Reinys Portillo released. New organization total: 238 players.

6/10: StL OF Dylan Carlson off 10-day IL. OF Lars Nootbaar from StL to Mem.  Mem RHR Jake Walsh to 7-day IL.

6/14: LHS Matthew Liberatore from Mem to StL (27th man DH).

6/15: LHS Matthew Liberatore from StL to Mem. StL RHS Jack Flaherty off 60-day IL. LHP Packy Naughton from StL to Mem. Mem C Ali Sanchez designated for assignment.

6/16: C Pedro Pages from Spr to Mem. Peo IF Jacob Buchberger and RHR Colin Schmid to 7-day IL.

6/17: StL C Yadier Molina to 10-day IL. C Ivan Herrera from Mem to StL. C Austin Romine signed to minors deal, assigned to Mem. SS Mack Chambers to Peo IL. RHR Edgar Manzo, 3B Osvaldo Tovalin from PB to Peo. C Carlos Linarez, 1B Jesus Orecchia from FCL to PB. New organization total: 239 players.

6/18: Peo 1B Thomas Francisco to 7-day injured list. Mem C Ali Sanchez claimed off waivers by Detroit. New organization total: 238 players.

6/20: StL OF Tyler O’Neill to 10-day IL. OF Lars Nootbaar from Mem to StL. Mem 2B Irving Lopez to 7-day IL. UT Delvin Perez from Spr to Mem. C Aaron Antonini from Peo to Spr. C Wade Stauss from PB to Peo.  RHR Johan Quezada from Spr to Complex. Peo RHR Nick Trogric-Iverson to 7-day IL.

6/21: C Carlos Linarez from PB to Complex. C Jake Burns from FCL to PB.

6/22: PB LHP Chris Gerard to temporarily inactive list. RHP Chris Holba from Complex to PB. StL LHR T.J. McFarland to 10-day (COVID) IL. RHR Junior Fernandez from Mem to StL.

6/23: IF Roberto Baldoquin and RHR Freddy Pacheco from Spr to Mem. RHR Michael YaSenka from Peo to Spr.

6/24: RHR Drew VerHagen to StL 15-day IL. LHP Packy Naughton from Mem to StL.

6/25: StL LHR Genesis Cabrera to 10-day IL (COVID). RHP Jake Woodford from Mem to StL.

6/27: RHS Jack Flaherty to 15-day IL. CF Harrison Bader to 10-day IL.  RHR James Naile, OF Conner Capel to 40-man roster, from Mem to StL. McFarland and Cabrera on COVID IL exempt them from 40-man.

6/28: OF Moises Gomez from Spr to Mem. RHP Chris Roycroft acquired from Joliet of the Frontier League, assigned to Peo. New organization total: 239 players.

6/29: IF Roberto Baldoquin from Mem to Spr. LHP Garrett Williams from Spr to Mem. IF Irving Lopez off Mem 7-day IL. IFs Mack Chambers, Thomas Francisco off Peo 7-day IL. OF Patrick Romeri off PB 7-day IL.

7/1: RHRs Grant Black, Ryan Loutos from Spr to Mem. OF Chase Pinder off Spr 7-day IL. RHS Logan Gragg, LHP John Beller, OF Mike Antico from Peo to Spr. IF Jacob Buchberger off Peo IL. PB RHR Chris Gerard off TI List.

7/2: SS Mack Chambers to Peo 7-day IL. 1B Brady Whalen from PB to Peo. StL RHR Jordan Hicks off 15-day IL. LHS Matthew Liberatore from Mem to StL. RHP Jake Woodford from StL to Mem. StL RHR Nick Wittgren designated for assignment. 40-man roster at 39.

7/4: Mem RHR Kodi Whitley to 7-day IL. C Austin Romine to 40-man, from Mem to StL. C Ivan Herrera from StL to Mem. 40-man roster full.

7/5: Mem RHP Brandon Waddell off 7-day IL. Peo C Zade Richardson off 7-day IL, released. New organization total: 238 players.

7/6: RHR Leonardo Taveras from Peo to Spr. LHR John Beller to Spr 7-day IL. LHR Colin Schmid, RHR Nick Trogrlic-Iverson off Peo 7-day IL.RHP Angel Cuenca off PB 60-day IL, to FCL.

7/7: Mem RHR Blake Parker released. 1B Thomas Francisco from Peo to PB. OF Trejyn Fletcher from Palm Beach IL to Complex. New organization total: 237 players.

7/8: RHP Griffin Roberts off Spr 60-day IL. RHP Jack Ralston off Peo 7-day IL, to Palm Beach. LHR Genesis Cabrera off StL COVID IL. RHR James Naile from StL to Mem. Mem RHR Angel Rondon designated for assignment.

7/9: RHR Johan Quezada from Complex to Springfield. PB LHR Hayes Heinecke to 7-day IL. IF Brandon Hernandez from PB to Complex. IF Lizandro Espinoza from Complex to PB. OF Corey Dickerson off StL 10-day IL OF Conner Capel from StL to Mem. StL RHR Nick Wittgren released. New organization total: 236 players.

7/11: LHR T.J. McFarland off StL COVID IL. RHS Jack Flaherty from 15-day to 60-day IL. LHP Zack Thompson from StL to Mem.

7/13: Mem LHR Brandon Waddell sold to Doosan of the KBO. StL RHR Drew VerHagen off 15-day IL. RHP Matthew Liberatore from StL to Mem. RHP Angel Rondon claimed by Giants off waivers. New organization total: 234 players.

7/14: OF Tyler O’Neill off StL 10-day IL. OF Lars Nootbaar from StL to Mem.

7/15: RHS Dakota Hudson to StL 15-day IL. 1B/OF Juan Yepez to StL 10-day IL. LHP Zack Thompson, OF Lars Nootbaar from Mem to StL.  3B Jacob Buchberger from Peo to Spr.

7/17: LHP Steven Matz off StL 15-day IL. RHR Drew VerHagen onto StL 15-day IL.

7/19: RHR Jacob Bosiokovic to Mem 7-day IL. 3B Jacob Buchberger from Spr to Peo.

7/21: 10th round draft pick, RHP Tanner Jacobson signed. New organization total: 235 players.

7/22: LHPs Cooper Hjerpe (1st round), Brycen Mautz (2nd) signed. 8th round pick RHP Cade Winquest signed. IF Errol Robinson acquired from independent Sussex, assigned to Spr. New organization total: 239 players.

7/23: 5 draft picks signed: LHP Pete Hansen (3), C Jimmy Crooks (4), OF Victor Scott (5), RHP Max Rajcic (6), OF Alex Iadisernia (7). New organization total: 244 players.

7/24: LHS Steven Matz to StL 15-day IL. RHR James Naile from Mem to StL. RHR Johan Quezada from Spr to Mem. RHR John Beller off Spr 7-day IL. StL 3B Nolan Arenado, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, C Austin Romine to restricted list. IF Cory Spangenberg, OF Conner Capel, C Ivan Herrera from Mem to StL.

7/25: 10 draft picks signed: RHP Joseph King (9), OF Nathan Church (11), SS Michael Curialle (12), RHP Christopher Arnold (13), RHP D.J. Carpenter (14), RHP Matt Hickey (15), RHP Hunter Hayes (16), SS Brody Moore (17),  LHP Jack Lynch (18), OF Chris Rotondo (19). Non-drafted free agent 2B/SS R.J. Yeager signed. New organization total: 255 players.

7/26: OF Matt Koperniak from Spr to Mem. RHPs Jack Ralston, Inohan Paniagua from PB to Peo. Peo LHR Colin Schmid, RHR Enmanuel Solano released. LHR Heyes Heinecke off PB IL. RHP Hancel Rincon from Complex to PB. New organization total: 253 players.

7/27: PB RHR Chris Holba released. New organization total: 252 players.

7/28: StL 3B Nolan Arenado, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, C Austin Romine off restricted list. IF Cory Spangenberg, OF Conner Capel, C Ivan Herrera from StL to Mem. OF Patrick Romeri, C Aaron McKeithan from Palm Beach to Peoria. LHP Alex Cornwell, RHP Bryan Pope to Palm Beach’s 7-day IL. OF Adanson Cruz from Palm Beach to Complex. OF Nathan Church (11th round), C Jimmy Crooks (4th), IF Michael Curialle (12th), IF Brody Moore (17th), OF Victor Scott (5th) and IF R.J. Yeager (non-drafted free agent) to Palm Beach. PB OF Matt Chamberlain released. New organization total: 251 players.

7/29: DSL SS Maycol Justo released. New organization total: 250 players.

7/30: StL SS Edmundo Sosa traded to Phi for LHP JoJo Romero. 40-man remains full. Romero assigned to Mem. SS Paul DeJong from Mem to StL. RHS Dakota Hudson off StL 15-day IL. RHR James Naile from StL to Mem. RHP Aaron Brooks to Mem 7-day IL.  IF Roberto Baldoquín, RHP Dalton Roach from Spr to Mem. Peo C Carlos Soto, PB C/1B Jesus Orecchia released. RHP Roy García, OF Jhon Torres to PB 7-day IL. RHP Yonael Dominguez, LHP Diorys Guerrero from Complex to PB. 2022 draftees OF Alex Iadisernia (7), OF Chris Rotondo (19) activated at PB. OF Adanson Cruz from Complex to PB. New organization total: 248 players.

8/1: LHS Jose Quintana and RHR Chris Stratton acquired from PIT for RHR Johan Oviedo and Spr 1B Malcom Nunez. StL C Austin Romine designed for assignment. 40-man roster remains full. PB SS Sander Mora released. IF Lizandro Espinoza from PC to Complex. RHR Jose Moreno to PB 7-day IL. RHP Jose Davila from Complex to PB. New organization total: 247 players.

8/2: StL OF Harrison Bader traded to NYY for LHS Jordan Montgomery. DFAed StL C Austin Romine sold to Cin. PB RHS Carlos Guarate traded to Oak for C Austin Allen, assigned to Mem. C Yadier Molina off StL 10-day IL. RHR Junior Fernandez from StL to Mem. OF Matt Koperniak from Mem to Spr. 1B Brady Whalen from Peo to Spr. New organization total: 246 players.

8/3: RHR Kodi Whitley off Mem 7-day IL. IF Mack Chambers off Peo 7-day IL.

8/4: RHR Dalton Roach from Mem to Spr. RHR Leonardo Taveras from Spr to Peo. RHR Edgar Manzo to Peo 7-day IL. LHP Zack Thompson from StL to Mem.

8/5: IF Kramer Robertson claimed off waivers from NYM, assigned to Mem. RHR Drew VerHagen from StL 15- to 60-day IL. OF Adanson Cruz from PB to Complex. 40-man roster remains full. New organization total: 247 players.

8/6: RHP Bryan Pope off PB 7-day IL. OF Ben DeLuzio onto Mem 7-day IL.

8/8: IF Irving Lopez from Mem to Spr. C Jake Burns onto PK 7-day IL. RHP Diorys Guerrero from PB to Complex. OF Jhon Torres from PB IL to Complex. RHP Matt Hickey (15th) to PB.

8/9: RHP Roy Garcia off PB 7-day IL. C Jose Zapata from Complex to PB.

8/10: StL LHR T.J McFarland designated for assignment. RHP Jake Woodford from Mem to StL. RHS Connor Lunn to Spr 7-day IL. 40-man roster at 39.

8/11: RHR Gianluca Dalatri from Peo to Spr. LHR Chris Gerard from PB to Peo. RHRs Angel Cuenca and Ludwin Jimenez from Complex to PB. Complex SS Albert Inoa and OF Hansel Otamendi released. New organization total: 245 players.

8/12: PB LHP Hayes Heinecke placed on 7-day IL. StL LHR T.J. McFarland released. New organization total: 244 players.

8/15: 4 RHP draft picks activated at Complex: Tanner Jacobson (10th), Chandler Arnold (13th), D.J. Carpenter (14th), Hunter Hayes (16th).

8/16: OF Ryan Holgate from PB 7-day IL to Complex. OF Joshua Baez off PB 7-day IL. OF Ben DeLuzio off Mem 7-day IL. IF Robeto Baldoquin onto Mem 7-day IL.

8/19: 1B Juan Yepez off StL 10-day IL, optioned to Mem. StL RHR Ryan Helsley to paternity list. LHR JoJo Romero from Mem to StL. LHS Alex Cornwell off PB 7-day IL. LHR Omar Sanchez from Complex to PB.

8/20: C Yadier Molina to StL restricted list. C Ivan Herrera from Mem (StL taxi squad) to StL.

8/21: RHR Aaron Brooks off Mem 7-day IL. RHP Angel Cuenca from PB to Complex.

8/22: C Yadier Molina off StL restricted list. C Ivan Herrera from StL to Mem. LHR Omar Sanchez, RHR Ludwin Jimenez from PB to Complex.

8/23: RHR Ryan Helsley from StL paternity list to restricted list. LHR T.J. McFarland signed to minors contract, assigned to Mem. Mem LHP Matthew Liberatore 27th man for StL double header. RHPs DJ Carpenter and Tanner Jacobson from Complex to PB. New organization total: 245 players.

8/24: Mem LHR Kyle Ryan released. New organization total: 244 players.

8/26: 3B Nolan Arenado to StL Paternity List. 1B/OF Juan Yepez from Mem to StL. RHR Ryan Helsley off StL Restricted List. LHR Packy Naughton from StL to Mem.

8/27: 3B Nolan Arenado off StL Paternity List. 1B/OF Juan Yepez from StL to Mem. LHR Zack Thompson from Mem to StL. LHR Genesis Cabrera from StL to Mem. RHR Edgar Manzo off Peo 7-day IL.

8/31: FCL Cs Diego Velasquez, Edgardo Rodriguez released. New organization total: 243 players.

9/1: RHR James Naile from Mem to StL. OF Ben DeLuzio to 40-man roster, from Mem to StL. 40-man roster full.

9/3: PB RHP D.J. Carpenter to PB 7-day IL. IF Yoerny Junco signed, assigned to DSL. New organization total: 244 players.

9/5: RHS Jack Flaherty off StL 60-day IL. RHS Dakota Hudson from StL to Mem. Mem RHR Junior Fernandez designated for assignment. OF Chase Pinder from Spr to Mem. RHS Connor Lunn off Spr 7-day IL. RHR Ljay Newsome off Mem 60-day IL. RHR Ian Bedell from Peo 7-day IL to Complex. C Jose Zapata from PB to Complex. 40-man roster remains full.

9/6: IF Lizandro Espinoza, C Carlos Linarez from Complex to PB. Mem RHP Aaron Brooks suspended.

9/7: OF Dylan Carlson to StL 10-day IL. OF Alec Burleson to 40-man, from Mem to StL. Mem OF Conner Capel designated for assignment. Mem RHR Junior Fernandez claimed by Pittsburgh off outright waivers. New organization total: 243 players. 40-man roster remains full.

9/8: LHR Tyler Pike to Spr 7-day IL. RHP William Reyes off DSL 60-day IL, released. New organization total: 242 players.

9/9: RHR Michael Brettell to Spr temporarily inactive list. RHR Andre Granillo from Peo to Spr. RHP Antoni Cuello off DSL 60-day IL. Mem OF Conner Capel claimed by OAK off outright waivers. New organization total: 241 players.

9/10: RHR James Naile from StL to Mem. LHR Packy Naughton from Mem to StL. IF Roberto Baldoquin off Mem 7-day IL.

9/12: OF Justin Toerner from Spr to Mem. OF Matt Koperniak to Spr TI list. RHR Michael Brettell off Spr TI list. 1B/OF Todd Lott, 3B Jacob Buchberger from Peo to Mem. OF Elijah Cabell to PB 7-day IL. C Jake Burns off PB 7-day IL. OF Alex Iadisernia to PB TI List. OF Won-Bin Cho from Complex to PB.

9/13: RHPs D.J. Carpenter, Jose Moreno, LHP Hayes Heinecke from PB 7-day IL to Complex.

9/17: Mem RHS Dakota Hudson to StL as 29th man for doubleheader, returned. RHR Jordan Hicks to StL 15-day IL retroactive to 9/15. LHP Steven Matz off StL 15-day IL. OF Tyler O’Neill to StL 10-day IL. OF Dylan Carlson off StL 10-day IL.

9/19: 2B Nolan Gorman from StL to Mem. IF/OF Juan Yepez from Mem to StL.

9/20: Complex OF Jhon Torres released. RHS Kyle Leahy from Spr to Mem. New organization total: 240 players.

9/21: RHP Dakota Hudson from Mem to StL. LHR Packy Naughton from StL to Mem.

The St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix (effective 9/21/22)

St. Louis (28+4) 40-man (40+2)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Flaherty Z Thompson (L) Y Molina Goldschmidt Edman  DeJong Arenado O’Neill (10 IL)
Wainwright Hicks (15 IL) Knizner  Pujols Donovan  Nootbaar
Mikolas Romero (L) Yepez   Carlson
Quintana (L) Helsley Dickerson
Montgomery (L) A Reyes (60 IL) DeLuzio
G Gallegos Burleson
Woodford
VerHagen (60 IL)
Stratton
D Hudson
Pallante
Matz (L)
Memphis (31+3)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
C Thomas (L) Naile C Coulter L Baker Gorman E Mendoza Spangenberg Hurst
Brooks (SL) Bosiokovic (7 IL) Pages Del Perez M Gomez
Parsons Whitley Allen Baldoquin Pinder
Liberatore (L) McFarland (L) I Herrera Robertson Toerner
Leahy McAllister
G Williams (L) Loutos
G Cabrera (L)
Pacheco
Walsh (7 IL)
Newsome
Black
Quezada
Naughton (L)
Springfield (27+5)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Gragg Brettell Ju Rodriguez Redmond Dunn Winn Buchberger Koperniak (TI list)
Graceffo Robles (L) Raposo Whalen I Lopez Robinson Walker
Escobar Roberts Antonini Antico
McGreevy Pike (L 7 IL) J Davis
E Gonzalez (60 IL) Lott
C Thompson (7 IL)
Beller (L)
YaSenka
Kealey (L 7 IL)
Roach
Lunn
Dalatri
Granillo
Peoria (25+0)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Mills L Taveras Stauss LC Rodriguez Chambers F Hernandez Jew
Love Trogrlic-Iverson McKeithan Tovalin Romeri
D Rodriguez Roycroft Mendlinger Reichenborn
Paniagua Ralston R Mendoza LJ Jones
Pereira Gerard (L)
N Heredia (L)
Prater (L)
E Manzo
Palm Beach (30+2)
SP RP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Y Dominguez Pope Burns Francisco Moquete Rivas Yeager (FA) Church (11)
Rincon R Garcia Bernal Curialle (12) Baez
T Baker GJ Rodriguez Crooks (4) Moore (17) Cabell (7 IL)
Hence N Contreras (L) Linarez Espinoza Iadisernia (7 TI list)
Davila Ruiz (L) Rotondo (19)
Cornwell (L) Marrero Scott (5)
Jacobson (10) Cho
Hickey (15)
Complex (40)
P P (from DSL) C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Willis Arias R Heredia F Reynoso Grant S De La Rosa R Cabrera
Richard Cervantes J Zapata F Diaz Bolivar R Guzman A Cruz
Giulianelli Clemente B Hernandez J Ramos
E Nunez B Ramirez Pino
Saldana Lugo F Taveras
Villanueva W Ortega Holgate
Hayes (16) Calderon Cordoba
O Sanchez (L) D Guerrero (L) Fletcher
Arnold (13)
L Jimenez
Cuenca
Bedell
Carpenter (14)
J Moreno
Heinecke (L)
DSL (36+1)
P (2021/prior) P (1st year 2022) C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
H Gomez Y Herrera (L) Loaiza Mejia Carmona
Fabian Chirinos J Guerrero A Encarnacion Rombley
O Lopez D Dominguez M Hernandez Y Guerrero Suarez
B Lopez Galvez L Rodriguez E Reynoso M Vargas
Beltre (L) Sequera M Perez Y Ramos
Cuello Suriel (60 IL) Batista Y Pena
Yanez Ynfante Junco
M Martinez
J Salas
Saladin
E Contreras
Oliver
Severino
Draft signed, inactive (7)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Hjerpe (L 1)
Mautz (L 2)
Hansen (L 3)
Rajcic (6)
Winquest (8)
King (9)
Lynch (L 18)
Draft unsigned (1)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Van Kempen (20)

Codes
(IL): injured list
(TI): temporarily inactive list
(PL): paternity leave
(RL): restricted list
(SL): suspended list
(L): left-handed pitcher
bold: on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster
(#+#): for teams, the number of active players on the roster plus number of inactive/not under contract (IL+TI+PL+RL) players
(#): for players, round drafted in 2022


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2022 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class of Three Announced

photo: Charles Comiskey, Julian Javier, Matt Holliday

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced that Matt Holliday, Julián Javier and Charles Comiskey will be inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. It is the eighth induction class since the team dedicated the Cardinals Hall of Fame with an inaugural class on Opening Day in 2014. An enshrinement ceremony will be held at Ballpark Village during Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones on Saturday, August 27.

Chosen by the fans, Matt Holliday was the top vote-getter in the Cardinals Hall of Fame online balloting presented by Edward Jones. This year’s ballot also included Cardinals legends Steve Carlton, George Hendrick, Matt Morris and Edgar Renteria. Cardinals fans cast nearly 30,000 votes over the six-week voting period.

The Red Ribbon Committee, a group comprised of 14 St. Louis baseball experts, elected Julián Javier as a veteran player for induction using a secret ballot process. Javier, the first Dominican player to appear for the Cardinals, was the club’s starting second baseman for 12 seasons from 1960-1971 known for his speed and defense. The two-time World Series Champion and two-time All-Star hit .346 across 15 World Series games, third-best in franchise history.

For the first time since 2016, the Cardinals also elected to make an organizational selection who has been an important figure in St. Louis baseball history, choosing former St. Louis Browns player-manager Charles Comiskey for induction. Comiskey, who played first base starting with the Browns inaugural year of 1882 and later added responsibility as the team’s full-time manager late in the 1884 season, led the club to four straight American Association pennants from 1885-88 and captured the 1886 World’s Championship, defeating the National League’s Chicago White Stockings four games to two in a prelude to the modern-day World Series.

“Selecting members for induction into the Cardinals Hall of Fame is one of our organization’s greatest traditions,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Cardinals Chairman and CEO. “We thank the thousands of fans and our Red Ribbon Committee who cast their votes for this year’s induction class and congratulate Matt Holliday, Julián Javier and the Comiskey family on this tremendous honor. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of these remarkable players with Cardinals Nation during our induction ceremony in August.”

All 47 members of the Cardinals Hall of Fame are permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, outside the entrance to the Cardinals Museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public. Fans can visit cardinals.com/HOF for more information. #CardsHOF

A description of each Inductee’s career as a Cardinal/Brown follows:

Matt Holliday (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Matt Holliday (Modern Era Player — Fan Selection)

  • Years: 2009 – 2016
  • .293/.380/.494, 1048 H, 237 2B, 156 HR, 616 RBI, 573 R, 447 BB (982 Games)

Matt Holliday made an immediate impact upon joining the Cardinals a week before the trade deadline in 2009, hitting .606 (20-for-33) with 3 HR and 10 RBI in his first nine games in St. Louis, including two four-hit performances. After becoming a free agent at the end of that season, the Cardinals re-signed the slugging outfielder to the largest free agent contract in franchise history. Holliday followed up with three straight All-Star appearances from 2010-12 (and another selection in 2015), a Silver Slugger Award in 2010 and a World Series championship in 2011. He led the Cardinals in OPS for three consecutive seasons from 2012-2014 and received MVP votes in five of his eight seasons in St. Louis. He smacked an emotional pinch-hit home run in his penultimate at-bat for the Cardinals, sending the home crowd into a frenzy that cumulated with a standing ovation. Holliday ranks third all-time among Cardinals outfielders in career home runs and is tied for third among all players in postseason games played (61).

Julian Javier

Julián Javier (Veteran Era Player — Red Ribbon Selection)

  • Years: 1960 – 1971
  • .258/.297/.355, 1450 H, 345 XBH, 494 RBI, 719 R, 134 SB (1578 Games)

Known for his speed and defensive range, Julián Javier was a stalwart at second base for the Cardinals during the club’s three World Series appearances in the 1960s. Acquired via trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 28, 1960, “Hoolie” would make his Major League debut the very same day and became the first Dominican-born player to appear for the Cardinals. A two-time All-Star, Javier started the 1963 Midsummer Classic that featured an all-Cardinals starting infield with Bill White, Dick Groat and Ken Boyer. A skilled bunter, the 12-year Cardinal also had an uncanny ability to produce in clutch moments, hitting three home runs in 1-0 games (sixth-most in MLB history) and producing a .346 batting average across 15 World Series games, third-best in franchise history. The two-time World Series champion blasted a three-run homer in the sixth inning of Game 7 of the 1967 World Series to help the club secure its eighth title in franchise history.

Charlie Comiskey (Getty Images)

Charles Comiskey (Organizational Selection)

  • Years: 1882-1889, 1891
  • .273/.299/.353, 1194 H, 244 XBH, 814 R, 689 RBI, 333 SB (1034 Games)
  • St. Louis Browns Managerial Record: 562-272 (.674), 4 Pennants Before joining the National League in 1892, the St. Louis Browns were inaugural members of the American Association beginning in 1882.

Signed by Browns owner Chris von der Ahe to play first base, Charlie Comiskey eventually took over as a fulltime player/manager at 25 years of age towards the end of the 1884 season. The unequivocal team leader piloted the Browns to four straight American Association pennants, winning at least two-thirds of his games in each season between 1885-88. Comiskey’s Browns defeated the National League’s Chicago White Stockings (led by Hall of Fame player/manager Cap Anson) four games to two in the 1886 World’s Championship Series staged between the two leagues in a prelude to the modern-day World Series. Heralded as a solid defender, “The Old Roman” is widely credited as being one of the first players not to hug the first base bag, but rather played closer to second base, enabling him to field more ground balls and having the pitcher cover first base. His finest offensive season came in 1887 when he hit .335, scored 139 runs, drove in 103 and stole 117 bases, all career single-season highs, in 125 games. Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939, Comiskey played an integral part in the founding of the American League in 1901 and was the sole owner of the Chicago White Sox from 1900 until the time of his death in 1931.

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The 8,000-square-foot St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises. Since its creation in 2014, the Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones, has inducted 47 former Cardinal players, coaches and executives. The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 22,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archived photos. Fans can learn more about the museum at cardinals.com/museum.

Brian Walton’s take

Holliday’s selection was widely expected as the recency of his contributions gave him a leg up on the other Modern Era candidates who were on this year’s ballot – George Hendrick, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria and Steve Carlton.

George Hendrick, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, Steve Carlson

Javier’s choice as the Veteran Era inductee is an acknowledgement that defense and championships matter, too.

I am most pleased that the DeWitts have returned to making Ownership selections. I am doubly pleased that they are not stuck to the 1892 date as the official start of the franchise. While Comiskey is more known as the long-time owner of the White Sox, he was a crucial member of the team in its early pre-Cardinals years.

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Cardinals Revamp Minor League Rosters

Brian Walton breaks down the team and player implications of the 15 minor league roster transactions announced by the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, moves that include three of TCN’s top 12 organization prospects – Masyn Winn, Michael McGreevy and Gordon Graceffo.

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Cardinals Add Rondon, Send Liberatore Down

photo: Angel Rondon (St. Louis Cardinals)

St. Louis Cardinals announcement

Brian Walton’s take

The Cardinals wanted more available long relief and this proved to be a good decision a few hours later when Sunday starter Steven Matz had to be pulled after just four pitches with shoulder discomfort.

Angel Rondón

In 11 appearances including two starts) totaling 22 2/3 innings for Memphis in 2022, Rondon has a 3.97 ERA and 27 strikeouts to go with 16 hits and 13 walks while limiting opposing batters to a collective .195 batting average.

Rondon made his MLB debut in June 2021 with the Cardinals. He appeared in just two games with St. Louis, throwing two scoreless innings on one hit and one walk before being returned to Memphis, where he remained until now. Being on the taxi squad this week meant Rondon was already traveling with the team, making his addition to the active roster quick.

Matthew Liberatore

In his MLB debut in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Liberatore was charged with four runs in 4 2/3 innings for a no-decision. The lefty allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out three. Two runs scored in the second inning and the other two in the fifth.

Liberatore could return to the roster immediately depending on the severity of Matz’ injury. More information should be available Monday as the Cardinals return home to St. Louis.

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Cardinals to Promote Prospects Gorman and Liberatore

photo: Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore (St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals are bringing up their top two prospects at Triple-A with Nolan Gorman to start at second base on Friday and Matthew Liberatore to take the mound on Saturday. Tyler O’Neill moves to the injured list.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced following today’s game (Thursday, May 19) that they have selected the contract of rookie infielder Nolan Gorman from Memphis (AAA) and placed outfielder Tyler O’Neill (right shoulder impingement) on the 10-day Injured List.   The team has transferred right-handed pitcher Jack Flaherty (right shoulder) from the 10-day Injured List to the 60-day Injured List to make room for Gorman on the team’s 40-player Major League roster.

Tyler O’Neill

The Cardinals also announced that rookie left-handed pitcher Matthew Liberatore will join the team and make his Major League debut in a start on Saturday (May 21) against the Pirates.

Matthew Liberatore

Gorman, 22, and Liberatore, 22, rated as the #2 and #3 Cardinals prospects by Baseball America will become the sixth and seventh rookies to join the Cardinals this season.

The left-handed hitting Gorman, the Cardinals 1st round (19th payer overall) draft selection in 2018 has provided plenty of power this season, leading all Triple-A players with his 15 home runs, 2nd in all of professional baseball to the Springfield Cardinals (AA) Moises Gomez (17).

Gorman is batting .308 this season in 34 games for the Redbirds, collecting 19 extra base hits and 23 RBI for a 1.044 OPS.

Nolan Gorman

Liberatore is leading Memphis with a 3.83 ERA and ranks third among Triple-A pitchers in both innings pitched (40.0) and strikeouts (46).   He compiled a career-best 16.2 scoreless innings streak last month.

Liberatore will be the first Cardinals pitcher to debut in a start against the Pirates since Alan Benes in 1995 and the first lefty to do so since Ray Sadecki in 1960.   Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean is another notable to have debuted against the Pirates, tossing a three-hit complete game in 1930 for the Cardinals.

Brian Walton’s take

I have often wondered which of the two childhood friends would reach St. Louis first. Now, we have the answer. Gorman, The Cardinal Nation’s no. 1 prospect,  will win by one day over our no. 3.

It is interesting that reasons were cited why Gorman wasn’t promoted, even as he was raking in Triple-A and the Cardinals offense wasn’t cutting it. These concerns were overriding – until St. Louis lost eight of 12 games, that is.

With the current version of the Cardinals clearly a notch below the top teams in the National League, promoting their two best prospects closest to St. Louis is logical and welcome – and in the case of Gorman, overdue, in my opinion.

Any decline in team defense by Gorman playing second base and moving Tommy Edman to shortstop will need to be compared to the improvement in offense over that of former starting shortstop Paul DeJong that Gorman will provide – once the latter gets his feet firmly on the ground as a major leaguer. The impact may not be immediate, but it is time to move ahead.

Now in his second year of playing second base, Gorman has far more experience at the position than did Matt Carpenter and Skip Schumaker when they were moved to second to start for St. Louis while already major leaguers.

The other major reason cited for Gorman remaining in the minors after lesser middle infield prospects Kramer Robertson and Brendan Donovan were promoted ahead of him is his strikeouts.

It is true that the second baseman has struck out at an increased rate in 2022, but in a much longer 2021 debut at the same Triple-A level, Gorman fanned at a below-20% rate. In fact, his strikeout rate has come down in recent days. So, while he is capable of doing it for Memphis, it is time to see what he can do as a big leaguer.

When Liberatore is officially promoted, the Cardinals will have to make another 40-man roster move. His opportunity to continue to start will depend on his effectiveness in his initial appearances as a Cardinal.

Liberatore last started for the Redbirds on Thursday, May 12, so should be rested for his Saturday MLB debut. He had been scheduled to start for Memphis on Wednesday, May 18, but was replaced by Jake Woodford, recently sent down from St. Louis.

Following O’Neill’s recovery could be a minor league rehab stint for him to try to get his swing back in game action. In the meantime, another Cardinals rookie, Juan Yepez, seems best positioned to fill in for the ailing starting left fielder.

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