The St. Louis Cardinals have invited 23 prospects to participate in the club’s sixth annual Spring Training Early Program.
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Minor league players that were invited to this year’s Spring Training Early Program will have access to the Major League staff, attend seminars, and get a head start on training for the 2015 baseball season.
The Cardinals director of player development, Gary LaRocque, will be running the program, which includes a number of former first round draft picks. While Minor League pitchers and catchers are not expected to start workouts until Tuesday, March 10, with position players joining two days later, the Spring Training Early Program invitees will start working out at the Cardinals facility in Jupiter, Fla. on Sunday, March 1.
The workouts are necessary so as to have players available for Grapefruit League action. It also helps to get them in front of the Major League staff as well as any instruction received from the Minor League staff.
While the Major League camp trains during the day, all Spring Training Early Program activity will take place in the afternoon so that the Major League staff can sit in on drills, batting practice, and bullpens.
The following prospects were selected for the St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training Early Program:
Pitchers: Kyle Barraclough, Joe Donofrio, Jack Flaherty, Silfredo Garcia, Kaminsky, Andrew Morales, Trey Nielsen, Chris Perry, Alexander Reyes and Luke Weaver.