NOTE: As of 4/6/18, this version of the roster matrix is no longer current. It reflects the changes during 2018 spring training. It should now be considered a historical reference document. For the active roster matrix for the 2018 regular season, click here.
Despite so many unsigned free agents still seeking employment across baseball, it is time for another refresh of the Roster Matrix. After all, a week of major league spring training games are now on the books.
This version reflects moves during 2018 spring training. The previous matrix reflects the rosters as they evolved from the end of the 2017 World Series through February 2018.
If you are new to The Cardinal Nation and not familiar with the Cardinals organization roster matrix, here is a quick summary:
As spring camps opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had 293 players under contract from top to bottom, including a full 40-man roster. The 40-man members are called out in bold.
The matrix places each of the 293 at his assigned position as well as level in the system at the conclusion of last season. The matrix is kept updated daily or as transactions occur.
64 players were initially in 2018 major league camp, including 24 non-roster invitees, denoted as (NRI).
Nowhere else will you find this current and comprehensive single-page view of the entire Cardinals organization over multiple years 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.
For details behind past rosters and transactions, check out the earlier versions (back to 2009) of the Cardinals organization Roster Matrix, via the following link.
3/1: New matrix. Organization total: 293 players. NRI RHP Jordan Hicks re-assigned to minor league camp. 23 non-roster and 40 40-man players remain.
2/14-15: 2 minor league free agent signings: RHPs Joe Colon (Mem), Mitchell Osnowitz (SC). New organization total: 295 players.
3/4: 7 NRIs reassigned to minors camp: Ps Jeremy Schafer, Daniel Poncedeleon, Jake Woodford and Hector Mendoza, Cs Dennis Ortega and Jeremy Martinez and 2B Max Schrock. 16 NRI and all 40 40-man players remain.
3/8: NRI 1B/OF Rangel Ravelo reassigned to minors camp. 15 NRI and all 40 40-man players remain.
3/9: JC RHP Ben Yokley off Military List. RHP Jorge Rodriguez assumed to be retired. New organization total: 294 players.
3/10: FA OF Yefri Perez signed to a minor league contract, assigned to Sgf. New organization total: 295 players.
3/11: 9 cuts from MLB camp. 5 optioned out: Ps Austin Gomber, Derian Gonzalez, Conner Greene, IF Edmundo Sosa, OF Tyler O’Neill. 4 reassigned (non-40-man): Ps Ryan Helsley, Dakota Hudson, Arturo Reyes, IF Tommy Edman. 11 NRIs, 35 40-man players remain in camp, 46 total.
3/12: LHP-OF Jordan Schafer released. New organization total: 294 players.
3/18: 6 cuts from MLB camp, all optioned out: P’s Jack Flaherty, John Gant, Ryan Sherriff, C Carson Kelly, 2B Breyvic Valera, OF Oscar Mercado. 11 NRIs, 29 40-man players remain in camp, 40 total.
3/17: 4 minor leaguers released. Peo RHPs Max Almonte, Leland Tilley, SC LHP Anthony Ciavarella, JC RHP Paul Salazar. New organization total: 290 players.
3/18: 4 minor leaguers released. Peo RHPs Frederis Parra, Juan Perez, SC RHPs Steven Farinaro, Spencer Trayner. New organization total: 286 players.
3/22: NRI RHR Jason Motte released. New organization total 285. 10 NRIs, 29 40-man players remain in camp, 39 total.
3/23: 3 40-man roster players optioned out: RHR Josh Lucas, 1B Luke Voit, OF Harrison Bader. 10 NRIs, 26 40-man players remain in camp, 36 total.
3/23: Mem RHS Matt Pearce suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Placed on Restricted List.
3/24: RHS Jack Flaherty recalled from minors camp. 10 NRIs, 27 40-man players remain in camp, 37 total.
3/25: 7 minors releases: Spr RHR Pedro Echemendia, PB RHR Dailyn Martinez, Peo LHR Dewin Perez, Peo OF Mick Fennell, SC OFs J.D. Crowe and Ricardo Bautista. New organization total: 278 players.
3/27: RHP Jordan Hicks recalled from minors camp. 11 NRIs, 27 40-man roster players remain in camp, 38 total.
3/28: Mem RHP Josh Lucas, 2B Breyvic Valera designated for assignment. RHP Jordan Hicks, C Francisco Pena added to 40-man, 25-man rosters. RHR John Brebbia optioned to Mem. New organization total: 276 players.
3/28: Last 9 NRIs returned to minors camp: LHR Sean Gilmartin, RHR Preston Guilmet, IF Alex Mejia, SS Wilfredo Tovar, 3B Patrick Wisdom, OFs Adolis Garcia, Randy Arozarena, Cs Andrew Knizner, Steven Baron.
3/28: 3 StL players open the season on the 10-day DL: RHS Adam Wainwright, RHP Alex Reyes, RHR Luke Gregerson.
3/29: 8 minor leaguers released. RHP Nestor Molina (Mem), LHP Corey Littrell, SS Wilson Soriano (Spr), Ps Brennan Leitao, Ross Vance, 1B Casey Grayson, OF Vince Jackson (PB), 1B Luis Bandes (JC). New organization total: 268 players.
3/31: StL LHR Brett Cecil to 10-day DL. LHR Ryan Sherriff from Mem to StL. STL RHP Alex Reyes from 10-day to 60-day DL. CL Greg Holland signed, to 40-man, optioned to PB. New organization total: 269 players.
3/31: DFAed RHR Josh Lucas traded to Oakland for AA RHP Casey Meisner. New organization total: 270 players.
3/31: 4 minor leaguers released. RHP Joe Colon, 3B Bruce Caldwell (Mem), OF Yefri Perez (Spr), 3B Leobaldo Pina (PB). New organization total: 266 players.
4/1: DFAed 2B Breyvic Valera traded to Dodgers for A+ OF Johan Mieses. New organization total: 267 players.
4/3: StL 3B Jedd Gyorko to 10-day DL. OF Harrison Bader from Mem to StL.
4/4: DSL LHP Nathanael Heredia suspended 72 games for a positive drug test. Placed on Restricted List.
4/5: StL RHS Adam Wainwright off 10-day DL. RHS Jack Flaherty from StL to Mem.
The St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix (effective 4/5/18)
|St. Louis (25+5)||40-man (40+1)|
|C Martinez||Lyons (L)||Y Molina||Carpenter||Wong||DeJong||Gyorko (10 DL)
||Cecil (L 10 DL)||Pena||G Garcia||Munoz||Jose Alb Martinez|
|Wacha||Gregerson (10 DL)||Pham|
|Al Reyes (60 DL)||Tuivailala||Bader|
|Holland (opt PB)|
|Pearce (RL)||Brebbia opt
||C Kelly opt||Urias|
|Gant opt||Villalobos (L)|
|Gomber (L) opt
|Palm Beach (25)|
|Ju Fernandez||Bowen (L)||Godoy||Chinea||Dykstra||Jose Alex Martinez||Spitz|
|D Gonzalez opt
|C Jones||R Santos||A Moreno|
|Shew||R Williams||D Ortega
|Warner (L)||Y Medina||O’Keefe||Trosclair||Hudzina||Fiedler|
|Oxnevad (L)||Thomson (L)||E Mendoza||Woodman|
|State College (26+1)|
|Oviedo||J Cruz||J Lopez||Kirtley||Figuera||Y Gonzalez||Hurst|
|Balestrieri||Latcham||J Gomez||I Lopez||I Diaz||Denton|
|Summerville (L)||Fagalde||A Wilson||Myers|
|Johnson City (30)|
|Oca (L)||Yokley||Ju Rodriguez||C Rodriguez||Murders||Del Perez||Balbuena||J Rivera|
|Schlesener (L)||J Alvarez||Espinal||Robbins|
|E Ramirez||Seeburger (L)|
|Pirela||Gentner||Z Jackson||D Gomez||L Flores||M Castillo||E Montero||Rosendo|
|N De Jesus||E Perez (L)||C Soto||Cedeno||Bryant||D Williams||B Sanchez|
|Jr Gonzalez||W Rivera||Machado|
|Pereira||Trompiz||I Herrera||F DeJesus||Ozuna||F Hernandez||W Jimenez|
|Cordero (L)||Geronimo||Joyser Garcia||Andujar||F Soto||V Garcia|
|Benitez||Avelino||Orecchia||E Pena||Del Rio|
|Solano||R Garcia||L Rodriguez||P Gomez||Montano|
|J Moreno||L Soriano||Zapata||Del Villar||Samuel|
|Zapata (L)||Mora||A Cruz|
|Taveras||E De Jesus||De Los Santos|
|Prada (L)||L Pena|
|H Soto||G Rodriguez|
|Heredia (L RL)|
(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
(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+RL) players
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