One-time major change in approach
This newest refresh of the Roster Matrix, covering St. Louis Cardinals and the minor league system, is very different than usual.
The lingering effects of COVID have altered the schedule for most of what remains of minor league baseball dfor 2021, even while the Major League and Triple-A clubs expect to play a full schedule on time.
Spring camps across the game are being staggered to limit the number of players in the facility at once. From the Cardinals’ specific perspective, only St. Louis and Triple-A Memphis will begin the regular season on time, in early April.
Because the Double-A and Class-A players will not report to their spring training until the MLB and Triple-A players vacate, the 67 players currently in big league camp with St. Louis are certain to make up the Opening Day rosters for St. Louis and Memphis.
This level of relative certainty is unprecedented in recent times, and as such, the Matrix reflects it. This is a deviation from the past, when only prior rosters were shown in spring camp versions of the Matrix.
This time around, the 28 players listed below as being with St. Louis reflect those who ended 2020 in the majors. They also make up the default 2021 opening St. Louis team, though there will surely be tweaks as the club slims down to its 26 target for Opening Day.
The 39 other players in camp – whether on the 40-man roster or non-roster invitees (or NRIs) – are listed separately as “Others in camp”. In the near future, the majority of them will make up the initial Memphis roster. The handful of other remaining will join St. Louis’ in-season taxi squad or stay behind in Jupiter for the next camp (Double-A and Class-A) while fighting to fill the next Triple-A roster opening.
All minor league players listed on the Matrix below the current 67 in St. Louis camp remain on the roster at the level at which they finished 2020. They will move once their initial 2021 team assignments are clear.
For reference, the previous matrix outlined all organizational transactions during the long and unusual 2020-2021 offseason. It also shows the signing status of Cardinals free agents at both the majors and minors level this winter.
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 spring camp opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had 264 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 264 by position at his assigned level in the system as well as by position. All players who were assigned to the 2020 alternate camp in Springfield but not invited to 2021 big league camp have been returned to their prior rosters. Many of these team assignments will surely change as spring training ends, but the Roster Matrix is not intended to be a projection; but rather a current view.
Another point. Though it is clear that 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. So 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.
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Palm Beach Cardinals
State College Spikes
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Dominican Summer League Cardinals Blue
Dominican Summer League Cardinals Red
International players signed for 2020 and 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.
2/21: New organization total: 264 players. 39 on 40-man roster. 67 in StL camp.
The St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix (effective 2/21/21)
|St. Louis (28)||40-man (39)|
|Flaherty||Cabrera (L)||Y Molina||Goldschmidt||Edman||DeJong||Arenado||Bader|
|C Martinez||Webb (L)||Knizner||Carpenter||O’Neill|
|Mikolas||A Miller (L)||Carlson|
|Ponce de Leon||A Reyes|
|Others in camp (39)|
|Kruczynski (L NRI)||J Cruz (NRI)||Heineman (NRI)||Nogowski||E Mendoza (NRI)||Gorman (NRI)||Capel (NRI)|
|Woodford||C Jones (NRI)||A Sanchez||Baker (NRI)||Sosa||L Thomas|
|Robles (L NRI)||R Ramirez (NRI)||D Ortega (NRI)||Moroff (NRI)||J Williams|
|Parsons (NRI)||Ju Fernandez||I Herrera||J Rondon (NRI)||Szczur (NRI)|
|Au Warner (L NRI)||Elledge||Pages (NRI)||Robertson (NRI)||Nootbaar (NRI)|
|A Rondon||Quezada||C Soto (NRI)||Del Perez (NRI)||Toerner (NRI)|
|G Williams (L NRI)||Antonini (NRI)||Hurst (NRI)|
|Liberatore (L NRI)|
|Thompson (L NRI)|
|R Sanchez (L)||Bosiokovic|
|Seijas||Dayton (L)||Ju Rodriguez||Yepez||I Lopez||Ascanio||Pinder|
|D Cordero (L)||L Taveras|
|Palm Beach (23)|
|Roach||N De Jesus||D Williams||I Diaz||Cedeno|
|Brettell||Sisk (L)||M Castillo||Machado|
|C Thomas (L)||Pereira||Reichenborn|
|State College (16)|
|Johnson City (14)|
|Guay||H Soto||Lott||Redmond||M Nunez||V Garcia|
|Gulf Coast (23)|
|Statler||Gingery (L)||Richardson||F Soto||R Mendoza||Montano|
|Hart||L Jimenez||J Garcia||Winn (also RHP)||F Hernandez||A Cruz|
|Paniagua||Tena||E Rodriguez||Walker k||J De Los Santos|
|N Heredia (L)||R Garcia||Romeri|
|O Sanchez (L)||Black|
|DSL Blue (27)|
|D Rodriguez||Miranda||L Rodriguez||F Diaz||Del Villar||B Hernandez||L Pena|
|E Martinez||Saldana||J Zapata||Moquete|
|GJ Rodriguez||Pimentel||J Sanchez||GA Rodriguez|
|W Ortega||J Peralta|
|DSL Red (20)|
|V Herrera||W Reyes||R Heredia||Inoa||Mora||S Vargas|
|D Guerrero (L)||O Lopez|
|H Cordero (L)||Bautista|
|B Ramirez||B Lopez|
|DSL sign 2020 (30)|
|Beltre (L)||M Martinez||J Guerrero||Bolivar||R Guzman||Carbonara|
|Cervantes||J Salas||M Hernandez||B Encarnacion||Cordoba|
|F Guzman||Giulianelli||Rivas||F Taveras|
|DSL sign 2021 (15)|
|Contreras||Bernal||Grant||S De La Rosa||Carmona|
|C De La Cruz||Reynoso||Avendano|
|Fabian||A Encarnacion||R Lopez|
|Y Guerrero||R Cabrera|
(opt): 40-man player optioned to minor leagues
(IL): injured list
(TI): temporarily inactive list
(PL): paternity leave
(RL): restricted list
(L): left-handed pitcher
bold: on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster
(NRI): spring training non-roster invitee
(#+#): 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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