Today marks the deadline for teams to submit to Major League Baseball their initial spring training player pools, which can comprise up to 60 players. Players are not eligible to participate in either a spring training or regular season game until they are included in the pool. Teams are free to change the makeup of the pools as they see fit. However, players removed from a team’s 60-man (for reasons unrelated to injury, suspension, etc.) must be exposed to other organizations via trade or waivers.
Not all players within a team’s pool are ticketed for MLB playing time, of course. Most teams will include well-regarded but still far-off prospects as a means of getting them training reps with no intention of running them onto a major league diamond this season. A comprehensive review of 2020’s unique set of rules can be found here.
The Cardinals’ initial player pool consists of the following players.
- Junior Fernandez
- Jack Flaherty
- Giovanny Gallegos
- John Gant
- Ryan Helsley
- Jordan Hicks
- Dakota Hudson
- Carlos Martinez
- Miles Mikolas
- Johan Oviedo
- Daniel Ponce de Leon
- Alex Reyes
- Adam Wainwright
- Kodi Whitley
- Jake Woodford
- Matt Carpenter
- Paul DeJong
- Tommy Edman
- Paul Goldschmidt
- Brad Miller
- John Nogowski
- Rangel Ravelo
- Max Schrock
- Edmundo Sosa
- Kolten Wong
is Hicks a possibility to come back this year?
Yes he’s already throwing bullpens.
Yes, but guys coming off of TJS can struggle in their first year back. I wouldn’t count on him being elite this season, but he should be a decent addition.
He will be a part of this team.
Dylan Carlson over/under 120 ABs this year?
the cuban solution
Depends on O’Neill and Fowler’s production out of the gate. Bader also, defense not withstanding. Any of them start slow (first 15-20 games) Carlson could see significant ABs.
Oh, over, for sure. With the DH active, Carlson will start in LF. He’s probably the backup CF, too, ready to step in if Bader can’t find his swing. I guess he could totally bomb out in his first 60 AB’s and get benched, but even then, part-time play will get him over 120.
I’m not expecting much from him in 2020, not at his age and experience level, but he probably deserves to start.
I don’t really see it like that…Edman will play third and Carp will DH is the way I think it will go for the most part…Depends on what the cardinals really want to do this season….might just give Everyone else a good shot in the outfield…which could limit Carlsons at bats…many scenarios the cardinals could do…is this season worth much for teams?
@Cards81 I’d actually think this year is worth more for teams. Teams that do not make the playoffs will lose money. The only profit to be made this season is in the post season tv money.
It’s not like Carlson is so far away from being major league ready. With no minor league season and the dh I think that bolsters his opportunities. That being said it’s anyone’s guess how managers will manage this year. In 162 games you can work through a slump but cut that by more than half that leash may be a little shorter. IMO for guys like Carlson it’s how do they look. Do they look overmatched? Are they an adjustment away or do they need more seasoning
He’s definitely NOT the backup CF or starting LF unless Oneill and Thomas totally crap the bed. You can probably throw Dean and Edman in there too. This is kind of a wasted year, so why burn service time when there’s plenty of depth to draw from ahead of him.
Only real reason to watch would be to see Carlson, no offense to the other players I just see a core forming around the young players here in the next few years if we make it. Bunch of bad contracts blocking positions and taking up millions coming off the books.
thor would look better in red
Just think. only 60 more games and we don’t have to see Brett Cecil on the roster IL anymore.
thor would look better in red
I had also forgotten that Brad Miller was signed this year.
I”m kind of surprised that Matthew Liberatore is not on the list, especially dipping into Palm Beach A with Ivan Herrera.
I am sure he will be. This list is not complete.
I’m glad that John Nogowski is in the pool he was playing good during few weeks of spring training. Also, Genesis Cabrera was also impressive he was throwing well.
Sooo, is this the year Alex Reyes actually does anything?
Is it me or does this team have no OF?
They have young talent and one average vet. Bader is a 2.5-3.5 WAR CF depending on where the offense ends up. O’Neill and Thomas both have starting skillsets, but haven’t gotten sufficient run at MLB level. Both play above average defensively and run the bases well, they just need PAs.
Not by a long shot. Marlins, giants, padres, brewers, pittsburgh… and alot of teams that may have one player with more star power but with a lot less depth. Some rough edges for sure here but plenty of upside and a lot of moving pieces especially with DH at bats to go around.
And by Brewers I mean Rockies.. forgot about yellich somehow. It really has been too long.
Wow! Not the usual strong roster. It may be a long season for the Cards in a particularly shirt season. Rebuild!!
Really no worse than last year, and they made it to the LCS (and failed miserably).
Yes, the offense is mediocre, but they have excellent pitching in both quality and depth. If Carlos Martinez sticks in the rotation, they easily have the best starting rotation in the division, and the bullpen is just as strong as it was last year.
You know lan your accurate
Cards haters out in full form, ready for another season of being wrong.
Guess I struck a nerve, I was really just saying that this is far from the worst outfield in the NL. Go Cards.
And there he is.