St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training Opportunity Tracker: An Introduction

Portly Other 15 pitcher Angel Castro makes his bid for the big-league roster & a spot in our hearts. - Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

BGH Note: This is the first of a recurring series in which we periodically examine which players the St. Louis Cardinals are giving opportunities to during spring training.

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There are only so many innings to be thrown and plate appearances to take during spring training. Given this reality, we're launching a new feature here at VEB–the Jupiter Opportunity Tracker. Periodically, we'll check in to see which players the Cardinals are giving the most springtime opportunities to as the exhibition season plays out. The players are broken down into the following categories:

  • Likely 25-Man Roster Members. At the end of March, the Cardinals will head north with 25 ballplayers on their major-league roster. Many of these players are givens (Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Allen Craig, Jhonny Peralta, etc.). These players are not so much fighting for a job in Jupiter as they are tuning up for the regular season.
  • Other 15 Members of the 40-Man Roster. To be on the 25-man MLB roster, a player must also be on the organization's 40-man roster. Of the players on the 40-man roster, about 15 will be assigned to a minor-league team out of camp. Fourstick has been profiling these players in VEB's Other 15 series. These players are competing for a 25-man roster spot.
  • Non-Roster Invitees. MLB clubs typically invite minor-leaguers who are not on the 40-man roster to major-league camp during spring training. Some of these players are invited with the genuine possibility that they will make the 25-man roster out of camp. Others are invited to expose them to big-league camp, veteran players, and how things are done on the highest level. It's interesting to see how the club deploys these players as it can give us an indication of how the organization views that player (i.e., Michael Wacha in 2013).

We're only three games into the Cardinals' springtime slate (and some were split squad contests). Nonetheless, getting an early start provides us a nice baseline as we move deeper into March and the likely 25-man roster members begin taking up more and more of the springtime opportunities at the bat and on the hill. Without further ado, let's get to the charts. The likely 25-man roster members are in light red, the Other 15 players are in light blue, and the non-roster invitees are in yellow. Players who were on the 25-man roster last year but who find themselves in an ostensible battle for a roster spot this spring are in purple. I've also included their stats to date for a bit more perspective as to what might be motivating the number of opportunities being given to a player (but don't put any stock in them as being at all indicative of true talent levels).

SPRING TRAINING PLATE APPEARANCE (PA) LEADERS

Player

PA

G

H

BA

OBP

SLG

ISO

OPS

Randal Grichuk

7

3

2

.333

.429

.833

.500

1.262

Pete Kozma

7

3

2

.333

.429

.500

.167

.929

Stephen Piscotty

7

3

1

.167

.143

.167

.000

.310

Tony Cruz

6

2

1

.167

.167

.167

.000

.333

Yadier Molina

6

2

3

.500

.500

.500

.000

1.000

Scott Moore

6

3

2

.333

.333

1.000

.667

1.333

Kolten Wong

6

3

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

.000

Peter Bourjos

5

3

2

.400

.400

.600

.200

1.000

Shane Robinson

5

3

3

.600

.600

.600

.000

1.200

Xavier Scruggs

5

2

1

.250

.400

.250

.000

.650

Patrick Wisdom

5

2

1

.200

.200

.800

.400

1.000

Matt Adams

4

2

2

.500

.500

.500

.000

1.000

Matt Carpenter

4

2

1

.250

.250

.500

.250

.750

Allen Craig

4

2

1

.250

.250

.500

.250

.750

Mark Ellis

4

2

1

.250

.250

.250

.000

.500

Greg Garcia

4

2

1

.333

.500

.333

.000

.833

Matt Holliday

4

2

3

1.000

1.000

1.667

.667

2.667

Luis Mateo

4

3

2

.500

.500

.500

.000

1.000

Joey Butler

3

2

0

.000

.333

.000

.000

.333

Daniel Descalso

3

1

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

.000

Jon Jay

3

1

1

.333

.333

.333

.000

.667

James Ramsey

3

3

0

.000

.333

.000

.000

.333

SPRING TRAINING INNINGS PITCHED (IP) LEADERS

Player

IP

TBF

K

K%

BB

BB%

ERA

Carlos Martinez

3.0

11

2

18.1%

0

0%

6.00

Tim Cooney

2.0

6

4

66.7%

0

0%

0.00

Lance Lynn

2.0

7

1

14.3%

0

0%

0.50

Tyler Lyons

2.0

7

1

14.3%

0

0%

0.50

Zach Petrick

2.0

7

1

14.3%

1

14.3%

0.00

Keith Butler

1.2

5

2

40.0%

0

0%

0.00

Angel Castro

1.2

10

1

10.0%

1

10.0%

21.60

Marco Gonzales

1.2

10

1

10.0%

3

30.0%

10.80

Michael Wacha

1.2

8

1

12.5%

2

25.0%

0.00

Sam Gaviglio

1.1

6

0

0.0%

1

16.7%

0.00

Randy Choate

1.0

3

0

0%

0

0%

0.00

Eric Fornataro

1.0

5

0

0%

1

10.0%

9.00

Sam Freeman

1.0

3

0

0%

0

0%

0.00

Pat Neshek

1.0

4

1

25.0%

0

0%

9.00

Jorge Rondon

1.0

4

1

25.0%

0

0%

0.00

Kevin Siegrist

1.0

3

1

33.3%

0

0%

0.00

Lee Stoppelman

1.0

3

0

0%

0

0%

0.00

Seth Maness

0.2

5

0

0%

1

20.0%

13.50


BGH Note: The original chart contained a column for number of pitches thrown ("# Pit"). As was pointed out in the comments, this stat from MLB.com is inaccurate. Therefore, I deleted that column from the chart.

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