Cardinals Remove Four From 40-Man Roster

The Cardinals have removed Adam OttavinoNick StavinohaDaryl Jones, and Steve Hill from their 40-man roster according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. All four players will now be exposed in next month's Rule 5 Draft. 

Jones, 23, hit .244/.335/.361 in 518 Double-A plate appearances this year. Ottavino, 25 on Monday, made five appearances with St. Louis this year (three starts), posting a 8.46 ERA with 12 strikeouts and nine walks in 22.1 innings. Hill, 25, received just three plate appearances with the Cardinals this year, hitting a home run for his first career hit. The backstop is a .289/.341/.510 hitter in the minors. They were ranked the 4th, 11th, and 24th best prospects in the team's farm system according to Baseball America's 2010 Prospect Handbook, respectively.

Stavinoha, 28, has received 278 plate appearances with the Cards over the last three seasons, hitting .234/.256/.325 with 54 strikeouts and just seven unintentional walks. He is a .301/.345/.469 hitter in almost 1,400 Triple-A plate appearances and has experience playing both outfield corners as well as first base. 


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59 Comments on "Cardinals Remove Four From 40-Man Roster"


Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Looks like there will be some talent available via Rule 5 this season.

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Cryin Braun
4 years 7 months ago

So, who do the Pirates take with the first pick, any favorites?

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4 years 7 months ago

Why would they expose Ottavino to the Rule 5 draft??? He should be healthy by next season and could definitely stay on someone’s 25-man roster! I hope they know something we don’t because that could be a big loss.

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4 years 7 months ago

Yeah I was shocked as well. Jones likely won’t get picked since he was so bad last year. And Hill is nice and probably will get picked, but not a huge loss for the Cards. Ottavino seems like an odd one, he will almost definitely be picked and should have no trouble competing for a bullpen role.

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Doc
4 years 7 months ago

Dodgers should pick up Hill in the Rule 5 draft. Platoon him with A.J. Ellis and send Martin packing. Maybe we can still get some value out of him.

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adieuordie
4 years 7 months ago

Hill has played only nine games at AAA. He was added to the 40 man and called up from AA Springfield as an emergency catcher when La Rue was kicked in to retirement by Cueto. The AAA Redbirds were out in Vegas, iirc, so they had to bring in a guy who could get there immediately.
When La Rue was eventually placed on the disabled list, they brought up Brian Anderson and only sent Hill to AAA to replace him. Otherwise he would have finished the year at AA.
I wouldn’t waste a pick on him. Furthermore, as a Cards fan, I’m glad he isn’t taking up a spot on the 40 man any longer. He could be useful eventually, but he isn’t ready yet.

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4 years 7 months ago

yeah but he still isn’t a bad option as a Rule V catcher since most backup catchers are replacement level players, and you are going to bring in multiple catchers for ST anyways. Even if he doesn’t make the roster he only costs a team $25K ($50K if he makes it) and if he shows enough during ST he could make the team or get traded.

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adieuordie
4 years 7 months ago

Agreed, I just doubt he would stick with a club all year. Some expect him to move to first base or left field at some point, in fact. So perhaps a team with a lot of holes could find enough playing time for him…

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4 years 7 months ago

I understand not putting Hill on the 40-man roster. There’s no way he sticks with any big league club. He’s talented but his defense at catcher is not where it needs to be. He has a good bat but that’s about it. By the time he’s ready to be called up for good he may not be a catcher anymore.

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mrmet128
4 years 7 months ago

can any Cards’ fans tell me a little about Ottavino’s stuff?

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4 years 7 months ago

Heavy fastball, can consistently hit mid 90s. Decent command with it as well (effectively wild in some situations). Hangs breaking balls a little to often but they do look very sharp on occasion. Don’t know much about his off speed but his fastball alone is enough reason to take a chance. First round talent, I DON’T KNOW WHY HE IS OUT THERE. MO better know something we don’t

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adieuordie
4 years 7 months ago

Mo is likely betting that the shoulder injury will concern teams enough to pass on him.

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mrlyngreen
4 years 7 months ago

Ottavino had the torn labrum which he opted to rehab instead of surgery..Many have suggested this was a mistake. Future health of the shoulder is a concern.

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mrmet128
4 years 7 months ago

very nice, how’s the movement on his fastball? does he have a change? is his breaking stuff more of a slider, curve, slurve etc.?