NOTE: As of 4/6/17, this version of the roster matrix is no longer current. It reflects the changes during 2017 spring training. It should now be considered a historical reference document. For the active roster matrix for the 2017 regular season, click here.
With the official opening of minor league camp last week, it is time for another refresh of the Roster Matrix.
This reflects moves during spring training 2017 reflected against season-ending 2016 player placement. The previous matrix reflects the rosters as they evolved during the 2016-2017 off-season, including free agency.
If you are new to the blog and not familiar with the Cardinals organization roster matrix, here is quick summary:
As 2017 spring play opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had 288 players under contract from top to bottom, including a full 40-man roster. The 40-man members are called out in bold.
68 players were initially in major league camp, including 28 non-roster invitees, denoted as (NRI).
The matrix places each of the 288 at his last official assigned level in the system at the end of last season as well as by position. It is kept updated daily or as transactions occur.
Nowhere else will you find this current and comprehensive single-page view of the entire Cardinals organization plus multiple years of history.
Do not be concerned about the order of the players’ names within position. It has no relative significance.
Full team rosters and player profiles at The Cardinal Nation
Remember that to get detailed profile information on every single one of these 288 Cardinals players, simply check out their free player profiles freshly updated now at The Cardinal Nation.com / Scout.com. You can see bios, photos, videos, articles, news items, links to current season and career stats and much more – everything you need to know about a player in one place.
Click on the following links to be taken to one of the nine team pages at The Cardinal Nation. You can also see rosters and player profiles all the way back to 2004:
Once on a team page, just click on a player’s name to be taken to his individual profile page for that year. For example, here is the link directly to Luke Weaver’s 2017 Memphis profile.
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 or use the dropdown menu at the top of the page: “Players/Staff” > “Depth Charts/Roster Matrix”.
For details behind past rosters and transactions, check out the earlier versions of the Cardinals organization roster matrix as follows.
Link to previous matrices
3/13: New matrix. Organization total: 288 players.
3/13: 11 players cut from MLB camp. Three 40-man players optioned: LHS Marco Gonzales, 2B Eliezer Alvarez, SS Edmundo Sosa. Eight non-roster invitees reassigned to minors camp: P’s Daniel Poncedeleon, Austin Gomber, Jack Flaherty, Robby Rowland, Sandy Alcantara; C’s Jeremy Martinez, Andrew Knizner, Dennis Ortega. Camp total 55: 37 40-man, 18 NRI.
3/15: OF Magneuris Sierra optioned out. C Luis Cruz added to MLB camp as NRI. Camp total 55: 36 40-man, 19 NRI.
3/16: NRI RHPs Trey Nielsen and Corey Baker returned to minors camp. MLB camp total 53: 36 40-man, 17 NRI.
3/18: RHS Luke Weaver optioned out, RHR Mitch Harris reassigned to minor league camp. MLB camp total 51: 35 40-man, 16 NRI.
3/19: RHR Rowan Wick, OF Anthony Garcia optioned out, RHR Josh Lucas, LHR Zach Phillips reassigned to minor league camp. MLB camp total 47: 33 40-man, 14 NRI.
3/19: 6 releases: PB OFs Orlando Olivera and Michael Pritchard, Peo RHR Davis Ward. DSL RHP Estalin Tejada, 2B Esequiel Delgado, OF Carlos Luis. Not in camp: GCL RHP Oneiver Diaz. New organization total: 281 players.
3/20: IF Breyvic Valera optioned out, C Gabriel Lino, OF Todd Cunningham reassigned to minor league camp. MLB camp total 44: 32 40-man, 12 NRI.
3/21: RHR Josh Zeid signed to a minor league free agent contract. New organization total: 282 players.
3/22: RHR Sam Tuivailala optioned out. (C Luis Cruz reassigned?) New camp total 42: 31 40-man, 11 NRI.
3/22: 7 minor league releases. Spr RHR Robby Rowland, PB LHR Michael Heesch, PB IF Dylan Tice, Peo RHR Nick Frey, Peo LHR Bob Wheatley, SC RHS Carson Cross, SC 1B Elier Rodriguez. New organization total: 275 players.
3/25: 7 minor league releases. Spr RHR Ronnie Shaban, LHR Daniel Schlereth, IF Allen Staton, PB RHS Johnny Walter, RHS Will Anderson, RHR Cody Schumacher, Peo RHR Luke Harrison. New organization total: 268 players.
3/25: OF Tommy Pham optioned out. New camp total 41: 30 40-man, 11 NRI.
3/27: RHS Mike Mayers, C Carson Kelly optioned out, 3B Patrick Wisdom, OF Adolis Garcia reassigned to minor league camp. MLB camp total 37: 28 40-man, nine NRI.
3/28: 7 minor league releases. Spr RHR Chris Perry, IF Cole Lankford, OF Vaughn Bryan, PB C Steve Bean, IF Andrew Sohn, Peo 1B R.J. Dennard, JC IF Joey Hawkins. New organization total: 261 players.
3/29: LHR Zack Duke to 60-day DL. C Eric Fryer to 40-man roster. NRIs to minor league camp: IF Paul DeJong, OFs Chad Huffman, Harrison Bader, Ps Arturo Reyes, Ryan Sherriff (and Jordan Schafer assumed). MLB camp total 30: 28 40-man, two NRI.
3/30: 4 STL Ps to 10-day DL: Alex Reyes, Tyler Lyons, John Gant, Trevor Rosenthal. Recalled from Mem to StL: RHR Sam Tuivailala. MLB camp total 27: 25 40-man, two NRI.
3/31: 2 non-roster invitees reassigned to Memphis: C Alberto Rosario, IF Wilfredo Tovar. MLB camp total 25: 25 40-man, no NRI.
3/31: FA RHR Mark Montgomery signed to a minor league contract. C Chris Rivera released. New organization total: 261 players.
The St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix (effective 3/31/17)
|St. Louis (25+5)||40-man (40+1)|
|Al Reyes (DL)
|Wacha||Lyons (L DL)||Jose Alb Martinez|
||Duke (L 60 DL)|
|Gonzales (L opt)||Heyer||A Rosario (
||B Valera (opt)
||An Garcia (opt)
|Ar Reyes (
||C Kelly (opt)||Martini|
|Ellis||Littrell (L RL)||Cunningham (
|Reed (L)||Jenner||Voit||Katz||DeJong (
|Poncedeleon (NRI)||C Hawkins (L)||Lino (
|Gomber (L NRI)||J Lucas (
|Palm Beach (22)|
|Flaherty (NRI)||Beck||Grayson||Seferina||Sosa (opt)||Diekroeger||Mercado|
|D Gonzalez||Bard||Brodbeck||J Herrera||Spitz|
|Ju Fernandez (NRI)||McKnight||Thon||Arozarena|
|Evans (L)||Wirsu||A Wilson|
|Woodford (NRI)||Then||Chinea||E Alvarez (opt)||Jose Alex Martinez||Pina||Aikin|
|J Perez||S DeLaCruz||O’Keefe||M Davis||Sierra (opt)|
|State College (23)|
|Hicks||Tomchick||Je Martinez (NRI)||Young||Jackson|
|Farinaro||DeLorenzo (L)||Y Gonzalez||Fennell|
|Dew Perez (L)||Almonte||R Bautista|
|Johnson City (27+1)|
|Sexton||Yokley (ML)||Knizner (NRI)||Newman||Lopes||Asbury-Heath|
|Castano (L)||Arias||Zavala||JR Davis||Bandes|
|Oxnevad (L)||Y Medina||J Lopez||J Rivera|
|Oca (L)||R Santos||E Garcia||Fiedler|
|Schlesener (L)||Thomson (L)||D Ortega (NRI)||C Rodriguez||L Flores||Del Perez||Balbuena||Talavera|
|Nicacio||Pereira||I Herrera||D Gomez||Ozuna||E Montero||Jimenez|
|Cordero (L)||Blanco (L)||Cedeno||F DeJesus||M Castillo||B Sanchez|
|Ventura||Lugo||Ju Rodriguez||F Soto||A Luna|
|Jr Gonzalez||Rosales (L)||C Soto||Y Rosario||Samuel|
|De Jesus||Trompiz||Joyser Garcia||E Pena||Machado|
|Ramirez||E Perez (L)||Longa||P Gomez||V Garcia|
(opt): 40-man player optioned to minors camp
(NRI): non-roster invitee to MLB camp
(NRI): non-roster invitee to MLB camp sent to minors camp
(DL): injured – on the disabled list
(TI): temporarily inactive list
(PL): paternity leave
(SL): suspended list
(RL): restricted 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 (DL+TI+PL+SL+RL) players