St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix – 2021 Regular Season

Another interim adjustment

This newest refresh of the Roster Matrix, covering St. Louis Cardinals and the minor league system, is again different than usual.

The lingering effects of COVID have altered the schedule for most of what remains of minor league baseball for 2021, even while the Major League clubs expect to play a full schedule.

Many of those cut from St. Louis’ spring camp have been assigned to the alternate camp in Sauget, IL. In addition, five of those players will serve as the road trip taxi squad, traveling with St. Louis. Come early May, it is hoped that Triple-A Memphis will begin the regular season with the players from the alternate camp and others.

11 others from St. Louis’ camp this spring have been assigned to minor league camp in Jupiter, Florida. During April, roughly 100 players will prepare for the full-season Double-A, A-Advanced and Class-A seasons. These rosters have not yet been announced.

This level of change is unprecedented in recent times, and as such, the Matrix has been modified to reflect it. The taxi squad, alternate camp and those from big league camp assigned to minors camp are all broken out separately. All other players remain on their 2020 rosters.

For reference, the previous matrix outlined all organizational transactions during 2021 spring training.

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 big league season opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had 263 players under contract from top to bottom, including an almost-full 40-man roster (39).  the 40. The 40-man members are called out in bold.

The matrix places each of the 263 by position at his assigned level in the system as well as by position. Lower level player placements reflect their last actual assignments and will surely change as minors spring training ends. Please remember that the Roster Matrix is not intended to be a projection, but rather a current view.

Another point. Though the State College Spikes and Johnson City Cardinals will no longer operate as Cardinals affiliates in 2021 and beyond, players still reside on those on-paper rosters. Until the organization moves them, they will remain on the corresponding rosters here, as well.

The 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.

St. Louis Cardinals
Alternate site
Minor League camp
Memphis Redbirds
Springfield Cardinals
Peoria Chiefs
Palm Beach Cardinals
State College Spikes
Johnson City Cardinals
Gulf Coast League Cardinals
Dominican Summer League Cardinals Blue
Dominican Summer League Cardinals Red
International players signed for 2020
International players signed for 2021

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


4/1: New organization total: 263 players. 39 on 40-man roster.

4/1: LHP Bernardo Flores Jr. claimed off waivers from White Sox, assigned to alternate camp. New organization total: 264 players. 40-man roster full.

4/3: 3 DSL Blue players released: LHP Michael Ozoria, RHP Ronald Suarez, OF Leudy Pena. 3 players signed: OF Miguel Vargas, C Alejandro Loaiza, OF Luis Mario Pino.

4/11: StL OF Tyler O’Neill to 10 day IL. RHP Jake Woodford from StL to alternate site. RHP Johan Oviedo and OF Lane Thomas from alternate site to StL.

4/13: RHP Kodi Whitley from alt site to StL. RHP Johan Oviedo from StL to alt site.

4/15: OF Lane Thomas from StL to alt site. OF Scott Hurst to 40-man, from alt site to StL. RHP Dakota Hudson from 10-day IL to 60-day IL. 40-man roster remains full.

4/15: Peo RHR Rodard Avelino released .Complex LHP Steven Gingery retired. New organization total: 262 players.

4/16: Taxi squad: Ps Angel Rondon, Jake Woodford, Seth Elledge, C Ali Sanchez, IF Jose Rondon.

4/17: LHS Kwang-Hyun Kim off StL 10-day IL. RHR Kodi Whitley from StL to alternate site.

4/23: StL OF Tyler O’Neill off 10-day IL. StL iB John Nogowski onto 10-day IL, retro to 4/20.  2020 signees RHP Ettore Giulianelli, SS Jeremy Rivas assigned to Complex Cardinals.

4/27: StL C Yadier Molina to 10-day IL. C Ali Sanchez from alt site to StL.

4/28: RHS Johan Oviedo from alt site to StL. OF Scott Hurst from StL to alt site.

4/29: RHS Johan Oviedo from StL to alt site. RHR Seth Elledge from alt site to StL. RHS Adam Wainwright (COVID) and LHR Andrew Miller to IL.  CF Harrison Bader off 10-day IL. RHR Kodi Whitley from alt site to StL. StL RHR Daniel Ponce de Leon to 10-day IL. RHR Jake Woodford from taxi squad to StL. Others on taxi squad: C Tyler Heineman, IF Jose Rondon.

4/30: SC RHP Eric Lex retired. Peo OF Bryce Denton, PB RHP Noel De Jesus released. New organization total: 259 players.

5/3: StL RHS Adam Wainwright off COVID-IL. OF Austin Dean from StL to Mem.

5/4: StL RHR Jordan Hicks onto 10-day IL. RHS Johan Oviedo from Mem to StL. LHPs Ricardo Sanchez, Evan Kruczynski, RHP Johan Quezada to Mem IL. C Luis Rodriguez from Complex to PB. Spr RHP Griffin Roberts placed on IL.

5/5: LHP Bernardo Flores Jr. 27th man for DH (returned to Mem after game).

5/6: RHS Johan Oviedo from StL to Mem. OF Lane Thomas from Mem to StL. RHPs Angel Cuenca, Yordy Richard assigned to PB from Complex.

5/7: Spr RHP Edgar Gonzalez to 7-day IL.

5/8: StL C Yadier Molina off StL 10-day IL. C Ali Sanchez from StL to Mem (taxi squad).

5/9: C Roblin Heredia from Complex camp to PB. C Edgardo Rodriguez from PB to Complex camp.

5/11: RHS Carlos Martinez to StL IL. RHS Johan Oviedo from Mem to StL. OF Chase Pinder, C Julio Rodriguez to Spr IL. RHP Griffin Roberts off Spr IL. IF Imeldo Diaz from Peo to Spr. RHP Will Guay off Peo IL. 3B Francisco Hernandez to PB TI list. Mem C Ali Sánchez and RHP Junior Fernández are the StL taxi squad.

5/12: C Clint Coulter acquired from independent Sioux Falls, assigned to Mem. New organization total: 260 players.

5/13: LHP Evan Kruczynski off Mem IL. OF Conner Capel from Mem to Spr. IF Irving Lopez from Spr to Mem. OF Tyler Reichenborn from Complex camp to Peo. RHP Ian Bedell to Peo IL.

5/14: StL SS Paul DeJong to 10-day IL. RHR Jordan Hicks from 10- to 60-day IL. IF Max Moroff to 40-man roster, Mem to StL.

5/15: RHS Johan Oviedo from StL to Mem. RHR Junior Fernandez from Mem to StL.

5/16: LHR Ian Oxnevad to Peo IL. OFs Adamson Cruz, Patrick Romeri to PB IL. 3B Francisco Hernandez from PB TIL to Peo. RHR Enmanuel Solano from PB to Peo. OF Tommy Jew from Complex to PB.

The St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix (effective 5/16/21)

St. Louis (26+8) 40-man (40+2)
Flaherty  Cabrera (L) Y Molina Goldschmidt Edman  DeJong (10 IL) Arenado O’Neill
Wainwright Webb (L) Knizner  Nogowski (10 IL) Sosa Carpenter  Bader 
C Martinez (10 IL) A Miller (L 10 IL) Moroff Carlson 
Kim (L) Helsley J Williams
Gant  A Reyes L Thomas
G Gallegos
D Hudson (60 IL) Ponce de Leon (10 IL)
Mikolas (10 IL) Hicks (60 IL)
Ju Fernandez
Taxi squad (1)
A Sanchez
Memphis (26+2)
Parsons R Sanchez (L 60 IL) Antonini I Lopez Ascanio Dean
Liberatore (L) Quezada (7 IL) D Ortega J Rondon Hurst
A Rondon C Jones Heineman Robertson Nootbaar
Thompson (L) R Ramirez Coulter E Mendoza Szczur
Flores (L) J Cruz
Oviedo Au Warner (L)
G Williams (L)
Kruczynski (L)
Springfield (26+3)
Robles (L) Black I Herrera  Baker Dunn Del Perez Gorman Pinder (7 IL)
Pallante Bosiokovic Raposo Yepez I Diaz Plummer
C Thomas (L) Dayton (L) Ju Rodriguez (7 IL) Toerner
Leahy Escobar Vinsky
Seijas E Gonzalez (7 IL) Capel
S Justo
Patterson (L)
Peoria (29+2)
Bedell (7 IL) Aker Longa Whalen Donovan M Castillo M Nunez Burleson
Ralston Blanco (L) Pages Redmond F Hernandez Cedeno
Lardner (L) Brettell Richardson Chamberlain
YaSenka Gragg Torres
Lunn Oxnevad (L 7 IL) Reichenborn
N Heredia (L) Pacheco
Schlesener (L)
Sisk (L)
L Taveras
Palm Beach (27+2)
Trogrlic-Iverson Guay R Heredia Lott D Williams F Soto Buchberger A Cruz (7 IL)
Prater (L) F Justo C Soto Winn (also RHP) Walker Fuller
L Jimenez J Moreno L Rodriguez LJ Jones
Beller (L) Paniagua Koperniak
Ortiz R Santos Romeri (7 IL)
E Nunez Richard Jew
Cuenca Tena
Complex (38)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
B Baird Portillo Burns Inoa Del Villar B Hernandez J De Los Santos
D Cordero (L) Puello J Garcia Mora R Mendoza Fletcher
Dalatri D Rodriguez E Rodriguez Rivas V Garcia
Davila GJ Rodriguez Orecchia Otamendi
R Garcia Saldana J Zapata Machado
Giulianelli O Sanchez (L) Montano
Hart Schmid (L) Moquete
Hence H Soto
Holba Statler
Manzo Tabata
DSL Blue (12)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
E Martinez Miranda J Sanchez F Diaz Jo Rodriguez
W Ortega Arias GA Rodriguez
Lugo Villanueva
Pimentel J Peralta
DSL Red (15)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
V Herrera W Reyes Velasquez S Vargas
Rincon Calderon
Dominguez O Lopez
D Guerrero (L) Bautista
H Cordero (L) B Lopez
H Gomez Clemente
B Ramirez
DSL sign 2020 (25)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Beltre (L) M Martinez J Guerrero Bolivar R Guzman Carbonara
Cervantes J Salas M Hernandez B Encarnacion Cordoba
Cuello Curvelo Espinoza Ramos
F Guzman Almonte M Justo Reynoso
Ang Luna Saladin F Taveras
Marte Yanez Rombley
DSL sign 2021 (18)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Contreras Bernal Grant S De La Rosa Carmona
C De La Cruz Loaiza Reynoso Avendano
Fabian A Encarnacion R Lopez
Y Guerrero R Cabrera
M Perez Suarez

(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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