Cardinals Add Trio to 40-Man Roster

photo: Brendan Donovan (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals waited until Friday’s deadline to add three prospects to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.

Brendan Donovan

Freddy Pacheco

Jake Walsh

2021 Prior
2021 protect Tm Pos Rank R5 Qualify
Brendan Donovan Mem IF 17 2018 coll
Freddy Pacheco Mem RHR 2017 IFA
Jake Walsh Mem RHR 2017 coll

The roster

With the additions, St. Louis’ 40-man roster went from 33 to 36 players. The club could choose to add Rule 5 eligible players from other teams in the December 8 draft. The primary use of the available slots will likely be to add free agents and/or trade acquisitions to the big league roster this winter.

The unprotected

The following players are among the over three dozen Cardinals who will be eligible for the Rule 5, left off the 40-man roster. Included are rankings in The Cardinal Nation’s Top 50 as of September as well as the player’s Rule 5 status in prior years, if applicable.

2021 Prior
2021 unprotected Tm Pos Rank R5 Qualify
Delvin Perez Spr SS 29 Y 2016 HS
Kramer Robertson Spr IF 37 Y 2017 coll
Jhon Torres Peo OF 19 Y 2016 IFA
Julio Rodriguez Spr C 30 Y 2016 IFA
Luken Baker Mem 1B 16 2018 coll

Even if selected by another organization, an unprotected player would have to remain in the majors with the new team for the entirety of 2022 or be offered back to the Cardinals. The organization is apparently willing to assume that risk.

Earlier prediction article for members of The Cardinal Nation

The Cardinal Nation’s 2021 Rule 5 Protection Picks

I was correct in the selections of all three – Donovan, Pacheco and Walsh – and missed none.


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