St. Louis Cardinals Announce (Most of) Opening Day 30-Man Roster

photo: Kodi Whitley (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals were the last National League Central Division club to make public the details of its Opening Day 30-man roster, consisting of 14 pitchers and 15 position players, plus one to be named.

Also, the team made two moves prior to Wednesday’s exhibition contest against the Kansas City Royals, as detailed in this article:

Cardinals Place Brad Miller on IL, Release Brett Cecil

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals will open their 129th season of play in the National League tomorrow night (Friday, July 24) when they host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:15 p.m. CDT in the opening game of the shortened 60-game regular season.  The team’s active roster includes three first-time Cardinals (Austin Dean, Kwang Hyun Kim & Kodi Whitley) and 17 players that were developed within the Cardinals organization.

To get to their Opening Day roster, the Cardinals announced the following transactions:

Kodi Whitley selected from Alternate Training Site roster. Austin Dean, Junior Fernandez, Andrew Knizner and Edmundo Sosa recalled from Alternate Training Site roster.

The following is the Cardinals Opening Day active roster and injured list:

PITCHERS (14): Junior Fernandez-RHP, Jack Flaherty-RHP, John Gant-RHP, Austin Gomber-LHP, Ryan Helsley-RHP, Dakota Hudson-RHP, Kwang Hyun Kim-LHP, Carlos Martínez-RHP, Miles Mikolas-RHP, Andrew Miller-LHP, Daniel Ponce de Leon-RHP, Adam Wainwright-RHP, Tyler Webb-LHP, Kodi Whitley-RHP;

CATCHERS (3): Andrew Knizner, Yadier Molina, Matt Wieters;

INFIELDERS (7): Matt Carpenter, Paul DeJong, Tommy Edman, Paul Goldschmidt, Rangel Ravelo, Edmundo Sosa, Kolten Wong;

OUTFIELDERS (5): Harrison Bader, Austin Dean, Dexter Fowler, Tyler O’Neill, Lane Thomas.

INJURED LIST (4): John Brebbia-RHP (45-day, right elbow), Giovanny Gallegos-RHP, Jordan Hicks-RHP (45-day, right elbow), Brad Miller-INF (10-day, right ankle – bursitis).

Giovanny Gallegos (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Brian Walton’s take

As you can see from the above, the Cardinals are one player short of their 30-man limit. With just 14 pitchers currently, this last spot almost has to be a hurler. Giovanny Gallegos, late to report, is slated to throw on Thursday’s optional workout day. His results and bounce-back from that may be the final call to make. The alternative could be 40-man pitcher Jake Woodford, or a longer-shot, non-roster right-hander Johan Oviedo. The latter has never appeared about Double-A, but has thrown well in camp.

This presumed roster mix of 15 pitchers and 15 position players is quite a change from the 17/13 split the Cardinals had originally signaled was their intention. While late arrivals apparently caused the team to back off 17 pitchers in recent days, I had guessed they would still carry 16 due to the expected pressure on pitchers early in the season. Then again, the pitchers in camp have performed well and there are only so many choices available – who are ready to pitch in MLB game action, that is.

Austin Dean (Jasen Vinlove/Imagn)

Sosa made the team covering for the injured Miller, with Dean being the biggest news. The former Miami Marlins first baseman-outfielder pushed his way onto the team with a strong camp showing.

In addition to this roster, up to three taxi squad players from alternate camp will be allowed to travel with the Cardinals on road trips. The team heads to Minneapolis this coming Monday.

Apparently to be assigned to the alternate camp in Springfield are the remainder of the players in the 60-man pool who are not among the 33 on St. Louis’ roster (29 active plus the aforementioned injured list players).

Whether that includes late-arriving 40-man roster pitchers Alex Reyes and Genesis Cabrera being optioned out to alternate camp or placed on St. Louis’ injured list remains to be seen.

Whitley is the only non-roster player among the 29. His addition to the 40-man roster essentially replaces Cecil. The Cardinals still have two openings remaining, one of which could be used on outfielder Dylan Carlson in the near future.

After 14 days of the regular season, MLB teams will be required to cut their active rosters to 28 players and two weeks later, down to 26.

Other NL Central teams’ rosters

Note that former Cardinal Daniel Descalso is on Chicago’s 45-day injured list.

Unlike the Cubs and Cardinals, Milwaukee is only carrying two catchers.

The Bucs also prefer the two-catcher arrangement (plus potentially a taxi squadder).

Cincinnati’s roster appears to be a work in progress.

Full roster detail at The Cardinal Nation

To view the two 2020 rosters and to track the status of the Cardinals’ 60-man pool, 40-man roster as well as all players in the system by position and level, check out the Roster Matrix, always free and updated here at The Cardinal Nation. Also included is every player transaction across the full organization all year long.

Detailed team rosters for the entire system can be accessed via the red menu column at the top left (see “ROSTERS/PLAYERS/MOVES”).

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