The Cardinals earlier this week revealed a list of 22 players they intended to invite to Spring Training. The list consists mostly of players who are already in the organization who are not yet on the 40-man roster. All players on the 40-man roster are expected to participate in Spring Training. With the additional 22 players to the current 39 players on the 40-man, the Cardinals were expected to have 61 players in camp. The Cardinals just announced another addition:
#STLCards sign OF Carlos Peguero to minor league deal with invite to ML Spring Training. He hit 30 HR in '14 at AAA pic.twitter.com/r5ZrLiYIPR— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) January 22, 2016
Adding another outfielder is not a surprise as the Cardinals have just six outfielders on the 40-man roster, and the only outfielder added to that list was Jeremy Hazelbaker. Peguero will be 29 by the time camp starts, and as the tweet above indicates, Peguero has show some power in the minor leagues. Peguero got his first taste of the major leagues with the Mariners in 2011, but his habit of striking out in the minors was exacerbated in the majors and he could not quite stick. He has bounced around the minors with the Royals, Red Sox, and Rangers, and the 6'5", 250 pound lefty will likely do the same for the Cardinals as they add a little depth for Spring Training and likely the minors this year.
As to the rest of the players, a request was made to put the list of NRIs in an easier-to-see visual mode. That result is below, but first, here is the latest 40-man roster to provide a full snapshot of the Cardinals' roster as it we inch closer to spring.
Here is a similar version for the non-roster invitees. First and last names are included as these players are generally less well-known. There is a guide, but do note that the color-coding is slightly different than in the version above. The players are separated depending on whether the Cardinals drafted the player, signed the player internationally, like from the Dominican Republic or Venezuela, traded for the player (Corey Littrell), or if the player was brought in as a minor league free agent. If the player was brought in as a minor league free agent, that means they were let go at some point in time by their initial organization and allowed to pursue other opportunities.
The prospects are mostly up towards the top with Luke Weaver as the best of the bunch, likely to gain more exposure to the major league staff as he continues his ascent in the system. With just one available spot on the 40-man roster, it is unlikely that any of these players will make the major league team out of camp, but all will be trying to make a strong impression as a potential option down the line.
For more on this year's prospects, please visit our Viva El Birdos Prospect Hub.