St. Louis Cardinals: Preseason Memphis Roster Prediction

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Feb 18, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Seung Hwan Oh (26) looks on during warm up drills at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Seung Hwan Oh (26) looks on during warm up drills at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 10, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (26) during the second inning in game two of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 10, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (26) during the second inning in game two of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /

Bonus: STL Lineup

I am very excited about the previous slides and the players on them but I’m also a touch jealous of my writing partners and their proposed rosters for the Cardinals.  To appease my jealousy, I offer you this quick and dirty opening day lineup.

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  1. Stephen Piscotty, RF
  2. Matt Carpenter, 3B
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Randal Grichuk, CF
  5. Brandon Moss, 1B
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Brayan Pena, C
  8. Pitcher
  9. Kolton Wong, 2B

Proposed pitching lineup (matches Steve’s rotation).

#1- Adam Wainwright

#2- Carlos Martinez

#3- Michael Wacha

#4- Jaime Garcia

#5- Mike Leake

In conclusion, I’ll admit that there are some wild projections included in this list (read: Gonazles, Cooney, Weaver, etc.) but no good list comes without some meaty projections to sink one’s teeth into.  And, along those lines, how about I propose a few of the MLB squad mates who I suspect will need to bounce through Memphis?  Try this list on for size:

Projected Rehab Appearances

Wainwright (lord, please say I’m wrong)

Molina (we are pretty sure this will happen already)

Jaime Garcia (an easy bet)

Grichuk (I just see him breaking down at some point this season)

Wacha (I’m really concerned about his long-term health)

Adams (he too is an easy injury target)

Projected Demotions

Tommy Pham (I really want 2016 to be a great year for him but I can see him potentially needing a stint with Memphis)

Greg Garcia (I just don’t see him sticking with STL; think he will either be demoted or receive a DFA)

So how is that for some meat to look into?  I’m sure that raises the ire in many readers and, again, let me say that I am desperately hoping I’m way wrong with many of the above-listed names.  At the same time, I’d love to watch each of them travel through Memphis for a few games (selfish intent).

Next: St. Louis Cardinals: Tyler Lyons has value in the bullpen

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am very excited about this season and even more excited to get these spring games started too.  Follow me on Twitter and let’s discuss as we progress through spring training and beyond!

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