St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix – 2021-2022 Off-Season

NOTE: As of 3/15/22, this version of the roster matrix is no longer current. It reflects the changes during the 2021-2022 offseason. It should now be considered a historical reference document. For the active roster matrix during 2022 spring training, click here

This newest refresh of The Cardinal Nation’s exclusive Roster Matrix – covering St. Louis Cardinals and the minor league system, with all teams and transactions outlined – will eventually reflect considerable change.

Just ahead is free agency for up to nine members of the 40-man roster as well as many minor leaguers. Then, Rule 5 protection decisions will follow in November.

In normal times, replacements for some of those departing would not be far behind – however, nothing about Major League Baseball since March 2020 has been normal.

This entire off-season may be slowed by the looming threat of a strike or lockout affecting the start of the 2022 schedule. Everything hinges on successful negotiations between owners and players for a new Cooperative Bargaining Agreement.

In other words, the headlines this winter may be dominated by the wrong subjects. But the baseball world should not come to a stop, either. As changes are made to the players in the Cardinals system, they will be captured here.

For reference, the previous matrix outlined all organizational transactions during the 2021 regular season.

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 2021 season concluded, the St. Louis Cardinals had 273 players under contract from top to bottom, including a full 40-man roster plus four others who will have to come off the 60-day injured list following the completion of the World Series. The 40-man members are identified in bold.

The matrix places each of the 273 by position at his assigned level in the system as well as by position. Lower-level player placements reflect their last actual teams and roles. Please remember that the Roster Matrix is not intended to be a projection, but rather a current view.

This 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.

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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


10/27: New matrix. Organization total: 273 players. 40-man roster full (+5 on 60-day IL).

10/28: RHR Justin Miller outrighted to minors (Mem) and elected free agency. New organization total: 272 players.

11/3: 7 MLB free agents: P’s Luis García, J.A. Happ, Kwang-Hyun Kim, Wade LeBlanc, Jon Lester, T.J. McFarland, Andrew Miller. New organization total. 265 players. 40-man roster at 33 (+5 on 60-day IL).

11/3: 3 players off StL 60-day IL. RHRs Junior Fernandez, Ryan Helsley and Vjay Newsome. 40-man roster at 36 (+2 on 60-day IL).

11/4: StL IF Matt Carpenter and RHS Carlos Martinez (60-day IL) become free agents. New organization total: 263 players. 40-man roster at 35 (+1 on 60-day IL).

11/4: FCL RHP Ben Baird, Peo RHP Paul Schwendel released. New organization total: 261 players.

11/5: Mem OF Austin Dean claimed off waivers by SF. IF Max Moroff (off 60-day IL) and OF Justin Williams outrighted to Mem. New organization total: 260 players. 40-man roster at 33.

11/8: FA LHR T.J. McFarland re-signs with StL. New organization total: 261 players. 40-man roster at 34.

11/7: 11 minors free agents: LHPs Fabian Blanco, Diego Cordero, Ian Oxnevad, Jacob Schlesener, RHPs Salvador Justo, Ramon Santos, C Dennis Ortega, OFs Leandro Cedeno, Nick Plummer, Justin Williams, IF Max Moroff. New organization total: 250 players.

11/11: FA OF Moises Gomez signed to minors contract, assigned to Spr. Mem C/OF Clint Coulter re-signed, given non-roster spring camp invitation. New organization total: 251 players.

11/17: FA RHR James Naile signed to minors contract with non-roster spring camp invite, assigned to Mem. New organization total: 252 players.

11/18: FA SS Anderson Tejeda signed to minors contract with non-roster spring camp invite, assigned to Mem. RHR Ljay Newsome outrighted Stl to Mem. 40-man roster at 33 players. New organization total: 253 players.

11/19: FA RHR Kyle Ryan signed to minors contract + NRI, assigned to Mem. New organization total: 254 players.

11/19: Added to 40-man roster: RHPs Jake Walsh, Freddy Pacheco, IF Brendan Donovan. 40-man roster at 36 players.

11/23: FA LHS Steven Matz signed. New organization total: 255 players. 40-man roster at 37 players. Minors FA OF Nick Plummer signs MLB deal with NYM.

11/30: StL IF Jose Rondon non-tendered. 40-man roster at 36. New organization total: 254 players.

12/1: FA SS Roberto Baldoquin signed to minors contract, assigned to Spr. FA RHR Luis Garcia signed with SD. New organization total: 255 players. (MLB lockout begins with all 40-man player transactions suspended.)

12/8: Minor League phase of Rule 5 Draft: Spr SS Moises Castillo to White Sox. Selected 4: OF Ben DeLuzio (AAA), RHP Carlos Guarate (High-A), OF Jonah Davis (AA), LHP Nelfri Contreras (Low-A). New organization total: 258 players.

12/13: 9 DSL players released. Red RHPs Fraimin Marte, Engels Martinez,Angel Luna, Eduar Pimentel, OFs Santiago Carbonara, Jose Rodriguez; Blue RHPs Uriel Curvelo, Carlos De La Cruz, SS Bryan Encarnacion. New organization total: 249 players.

1/8/22: FA RHR Ramon Santos signed by Was to minors contract.

1/12: FA LHS Jon Lester retired.

1/15: 12 international players signed: LHP Yordy Herrera, RHPs Junior Chirinos, Diego Dominguez, Jovi Galvez, Leonel Sequera, Jose Suriel, Nelfy Ynfante, SSs Arfemi Batista, Jonathan Mejia, OFs Won-Bin Cho, Yordalin Pena, C Luis Rodriguez. New organization total: 261 players.

1/15: 3 FCL releases: RHP Julio Puello, OF Joerlin De Los Santos, OF Smith Vargas. New organization total: 258 players.

1/24: PB SS Darlyn Del Villar retired. New organization total: 257 players.

1/31: RHS Aaron Brooks signed to minor league contract with MLB spring camp invitation. New organization total: 258 players.

3/3: FA OF Justin Williams signed by Phi to minors contract with NRI.

3/7: FA LHP Kwang-Hyun Kim signs with SSG Landers in Korea.

3/11: FA RHP Drew VerHagen signed to a two-year contract. 40-man roster at 37. New organization total: 259 players.

3/13: FA RHP Nick Wittgren signed to a one-year contract. 40-man roster at 38. New organization total: 260 players. FA RHP Carlos Martinez signs with Giants.

3/20: FA IF Matt Carpenter signs minors deal with Texas.

The St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix (effective 3/20/22)

St. Louis (28) 40-man (38)
Flaherty  Cabrera (L) Y Molina Goldschmidt Edman  DeJong Arenado O’Neill
Wainwright J Fernandez Knizner  Yepez Sosa Bader
Mikolas Whitley Carlson 
D Hudson Helsley Nootbaar
Woodford A Reyes
Matz (L) G Gallegos
VerHagen McFarland (L)
MLB free agents (9-6)
LeBlanc (L) McFarland (L) (StL) Carpenter (TEX MiLB)
Lester (L) (retired) A Miller (L)
Happ (L) L Garcia (SD)
Kim (L) (Kor)
C Martinez (SF)
MiLB free agents (13-3)
Blanco (L) R Santos (Was) D Ortega Moroff Plummer (MLB-NYM)
D Cordero (L) S Justo J Williams (Phi)
Oxnevad (L) J Miller Cedeno
Schlesener (L)
T Webb (L)
Memphis (34)
Liberatore (L) Waddell (L) C Coulter (NRI) L Baker Donovan E Mendoza Hurst
C Thomas (L) Bosiokovic I Herrera Gorman Robertson Capel
Z Thompson (L) C Jones A Sanchez Tejeda (NRI) Burleson
A Rondon  Elledge   DeLuzio
Oviedo J Cruz
Pallante Au Warner (L)
Brooks (NRI) Pacheco
Naile (NRI)
Ryan (L NRI)
Springfield (26)
Robles (L) Brettell Ju Rodriguez Dunn Del Perez M Nunez Toerner
G Williams (L) Kruczynski (L) Raposo Redmond Baldoquin Pinder
Black Roberts I Lopez Koperniak
Roach Escobar M Gomez
Pike (L) E Gonzalez J Davis
C Thompson
Marmon (L)
Peoria (27)
Bedell Solano Antonini Francisco Winn (also RHP) Walker Jew
Gragg Dalatri Pages Lott F Hernandez Chamberlain
Lardner (L) L Taveras Richardson Buchberger Torres
YaSenka Schmid (L) Reichenborn
Lunn Ralston
Pereira Kealey (L)
Palm Beach (33)
Beller (L) Loutos C Soto Whalen F Soto Tovalin Antico
D Rodriguez Graceffo McKeithan Chambers Mendlinger Romeri
L Jimenez Cuenca Stauss LJ Jones
Manzo Prater (L) Holgate
J Moreno E Nunez Cabell
Paniagua R Garcia
McGreevy N Heredia (L)
Love Ortiz
H Soto
N Contreras (L)
Complex (40)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Willis Holba Burns Inoa Mora B Hernandez Baez
Richard Cornwell (L) E Rodriguez Rivas R Mendoza Fletcher
Tena Tabata Orecchia A Cruz
Giulianelli Saldana R Heredia Montano
Hart O Sanchez (L) L Rodriguez Moquete
Hence R Sanchez (L) J Zapata Otamendi
Davila Statler
Ruiz (L) Portillo
Heinecke (L) Villanueva
Mills T Baker
Pope Gerard (L)
GJ Rodriguez
DSL Blue (31)
P (return) P (1st year 2021) C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Arias Beltre (L) Bernal F Diaz Bolivar Cordoba
Rincon Cervantes J Guerrero M Justo Rombley
Clemente Cuello Velasquez Grant Avendano
H Gomez F Guzman A Encarnacion R Lopez
V Herrera M Martinez Y Guerrero Pino
O Lopez J Salas Suarez
J Peralta Almonte
E Contreras
DSL Red (28)
P (return) P (1st year 2021) C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
H Cordero (L) Fabian Loaiza Espinoza R Guzman R Cabrera
B Ramirez Yanez M Hernandez E Reynoso S De La Rosa Carmona
Y Dominguez Severino Linarez M Perez Ramos
D Guerrero (L) Saladin F Reynoso
Calderon F Taveras
Bautista M Vargas
B Lopez
W Ortega
W Reyes
Int’l sign 2022 (12)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Y Herrera (L) Sequera L Rodriguez Batista Cho
Chirinos Suriel Mejia Pena
D Dominguez Ynfante

(IL): injured 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 (IL+TI+PL+RL) players

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