2016 St. Louis Cardinals season

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2016 St. Louis Cardinals
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Owner(s) William DeWitt, Jr.
Fred Hanser
Manager(s) Mike Matheny
Local television Fox Sports Midwest
(Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton, Tim McCarver, Jim Edmonds)
Local radio KMOX (1120AM)
St. Louis Cardinals Radio Network
(Mike Shannon, John Rooney, Rick Horton, Mike Claiborne)
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The St. Louis Cardinals 2016 season is the 135th for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in St. Louis, Missouri, the 125th season in the National League (NL), and the 11th at Busch Stadium III. They entered the season having won a major-league best 100 games, as three-time defending NL Central division champions, and with five consecutive playoff appearances.

Contents

Off-season

Overview

The Cardinals entered the 2016 season having won a major league-best 100 games, their third consecutive National League Central division title,[1] and fifth consecutive playoff appearance.[2] Their 2015 season ended in the National League Division Series (NLDS) when the rival Chicago Cubs defeated them in four games.[3] Former Cardinals David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds and Troy Glaus were announced as first-time candidates on the 2016 ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on November 9.[4] In mid-December, former Cardinals player and manager Joe Torre led an expedition to Cuba composed of MLB officials and players, including then-current Cardinals catcher Brayan Peña and former Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay. It was MLB's first visit there since 1999, and one anticipated as an important step to help normalize relations with the United States that had begun to ease earlier in the year.[5][6] Former Cardinals manager Vern Rapp died on December 31, 2015.[7]

Chris Correa, the previous director of scouting for the Cardinals, plead guilty on January 8, 2016, to five of 12 counts in a United States district court in Houston related to alleged corporate espionage of the Houston Astros. Reports of the investigation first became public in July 2015.[8] For the 2016 franchise Hall of Fame ballot, the Cardinals announced on January 17 it would include Chris Carpenter, Keith Hernandez, Jason Isringhausen, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Édgar Rentería, Scott Rolen and Torre.[9]

Personnel moves

On October 26, 2015, the club announced intent to retain all of manager Mike Matheny's coaching staff.[10] Greg Hauch resigned as the head athletic trainer in November, whom Adam Olsen replaced the following month.[11]

Injuries

Injuries to the starting rotation emerged: Carlos Martínez strained his shoulder late in the previous season and the Cardinals appraised him likely to recover in time for the beginning of the season.[12] Lance Lynn had Tommy John surgery, and on November 10, the Cardinals announced he would miss the 2016 season.[13] On December 17, catcher Yadier Molina underwent surgery on his left thumb, and second since the previous September, to correct a ligament that had not properly healed. He was estimated to miss at least part of spring training.[14]

Acquisitions, departures, and roster moves

Players

Spring training

The Cardinals announced on January 21, 2016, they had extended an invitation to spring training to 22 non-roster players in addition to those already on the 40-man roster, bringing the total at that point to start spring training with club 61. Further, 26 of their prospects were also invited to their Spring training Early Program (STEP). The 22 non-roster invitees included pitchers RHP Silfredo Garcia, LHP Austin Gomber, RHP Juan González, RHP Jeremy Hefner, LHP Corey Littrell, RHP Deck McGuire, RHP Trey Nielsen, RHP Daniel Poncedeleon, RHP Robby Rowland, RHP J. C. Sulbaran, RHP Tyler Waldron, and RHP Luke Weaver. Non-pitchers included catchers Steve Bean, Luis Cruz, Eric Fryer, Carson Kelly, and Alberto Rosario. Also included were infielders Jonathan Rodriguez, David Washington, Jacob Wilson and Patrick Wisdom and outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.[48] The next day, the club invited outfielder Carlos Peguero.[35]

The 26 players invited to STEP were Sandy Alcantara, John Brebbia, Junior Fernandez, Jack Flaherty, Derian Gonzalez, Josh Lucas, Mike Mayers, Alex Reyes, Arturo Reyes, Rowan Wick and Jacob Woodford; catchers Christopher Chinea, Jose Godoy, Ryan McCarvel and Brian O’Keefe; infielders Eliezer Alvarez, Paul DeJong, Juan Herrera, Chris Jacobs, Oscar Mercado, Darren Seferina and Edmundo Sosa; and outfielders Harrison Bader, C. J. McElroy, Nick Plummer and Magneuris Sierra.[48]

Shortstop Jhonny Peralta injured his thumb on March 7, damaging the ulnar collateral ligament.[49] He underwent surgery three days later and was expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks of play.[50]

Longtime 3B coach Jose Oquendo for the past 16 years, is placed on medical leave of absence March 27, due to rehabbing his right knee in Florida. He has been on crutches after his second procedure on the knee. 1B coach Chris Maloney now moves to 3B, Assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller moves to 1B coach. Derrick May who was in the organization's minor leagues, is now the assistant hitting coach.[51]

The team suffered another unexpected injury in their final spring training game on March 31, when their newly acquired shortstop Ruben Tejada signed on March 19, strained his left quad running to first base in a 9–1 win over the New York Yankees. Jedd Gyorko will substitute for him and make the first game start in Pittsburgh on April 3. The injury to Tejada forces the Cardinals to open the season with five players: Tejada, Jhonny Peralta, Mitch Harris, Lance Lynn and Jordan Walden, on the 15-day disabled list.[52]

Another serious injury, this one to backup catcher Brayan Pena's left knee after slipping in a dugout a few days ago, puts him on the 15-day disabled list after surgery from two to four weeks, along with the five others. Non-Roster Invite Eric Fryer takes his place on the 25-man roster.[53]

Contract extension
March 2, 2016[54] Kolten Wong (2B)
Pre-arbitration
Signed extension with St. Louis Cardinals
5 years, $25.5 million with $12.5 million team option for 2021

Season standings

National League Central

National League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 103 58 0.640 57–24 46–34
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 17½ 38–43 48–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 83 0.484 25 38–42 40–41
Milwaukee Brewers 73 89 0.451 30½ 41–40 32–49
Cincinnati Reds 68 94 0.420 35½ 38–43 30–51


National League playoff standings

National League head-to-head records

Regular season summary

April

Opening Day and Series vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

The Cardinals played Opening Day in the first game of the Major League Baseball (MLB) season on April 3, commencing at PNC Park against the division rival Pittsburgh Pirates. Adam Wainwright made his fifth career Opening Day start for the Cardinals. The game had a starting temperature of 39 degrees (F). Outfielder Tommy Pham suffered a tear in his left oblique in the first inning and placed on the 15-day disabled list (DL).[55] The Cardinals lost the game, 4–1, with Wainwright taking the first loss of the season. Free agent starting pitcher acquisition Mike Leake made his Cardinals debut on April 6 against the Pirates, allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 13 IP, resulting in being charged with the loss as Pittsburgh won, 5–1, and swept the opening series.[56]

Molina breaks Cardinals' games caught record

Yadier Molina, 33, broke the all-time Cardinals' games catching record on April 8, in his 1,440th game, passing Ted Simmons (1968-1980). His 1,343 games started since the beginning of the 2005 season tops the Majors.[57]

Hazelbaker, Díaz, and Garcia establish MLB pinch-hitting home run record

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Aledmys Díaz became the first rookie in MLB history to bat at least .500 at any point after collecting 50 at bats.

On April 8, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Aledmys Díaz, and Greg Garcia established a new MLB record by each hitting a pinch hit home run, becoming the first to hit three pinch hit home runs in one game for the same team. The previous record of two pinch hit home runs by the same team in the same game had previously occurred on 57 occasions, most recently in 2011. It was Díaz' first major league home run. The Cardinals won this contest, 7-4, over the Atlanta Braves.[58] Hazelbaker's home run gave him two in his first four career games, joining Joe Cunningham (1954) as the only Cardinals to accomplish the feat.[59] The Cardinals swept the Braves on April 10 in a 12–6 win. Brandon Moss hit his first career home run against Atlanta off Williams Pérez, thus giving him a home run against all 30 teams.[60] Seung-hwan Oh was credited with his first major league win.[61] Hazelbaker's first career four-hit game, including his first career triple, came in a 10–1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in the Cardinals' April 11 home opener at Busch Stadium.[62]

García throws one-hitter

In his second appearance of the season, starter Jaime García turned in a career start against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 14. He pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout while striking out a career-high 13 batters and inducing 13 ground outs as St. Louis won, 7–0. He became the first left-handed pitcher in franchise history to achieve a one-hit shutout while striking out at least 13.[63] The 13 strikeouts were the most by a lefty since Steve Carlton struck out 16 in 1970, with García posting a game score of 97, a season-high for MLB through April 14. The Cardinals did not have a nine-inning complete game by a starter all of last season. It was the first one-hitter by a Cardinals' pitcher since Wainwright held the Arizona Diamondbacks to one hit on May 20, 2014.[64] In this game, Brandon Moss and Matt Adams both contributed pinch hit home runs.[65]

Cardinals break record at Busch III with six home runs

The club was smoking hot at the plate on April 15, with a new Busch III record of six home runs in a 14-3 thrashing of Cincinnati. Matt Holliday hit his first two home runs of the season, Aledmys Díaz and Randal Grichuk each hit No. 2 on the year, and Brandon Moss and Matt Adams homered off the bench. Moss' and Adams' home runs were the fifth and sixth off the bench in 2016. The club had only four in the entire 2015 season. The six home runs gave the team 17 in its first 10 games. They had only 137 in 2015 which ranked 25th out of the 30 teams. Cardinals pinch hitters are hitting .563 (9-for-16) with six homers and nine RBIs. The team record of 10 pinch hit home runs was set in 1998.[66][67] Joey Votto hit his first home run of the season, tying the single-game mark for two teams at Busch III with seven, done by these same teams one day before the 10th anniversary in doing it on April 16, 2006.[68]

Fryer's continued perfect start and game-winning RBI

Catcher Eric Fryer made his first start for the Cardinals on April 17 at Busch Stadium against the Reds. He reached base in all four plate appearances, including three hits in three at bats and first walk of the season, to extend a streak of seven consecutive plate appearances reaching base to open the season. His collected his first two doubles for the Cardinals, including driving in Aledmys Díaz for the decisive run in a 4–3 win, allowing St. Louis to take two of three in the series from Cincinnati.[69]

Greg Garcia optioned

The Cardinals optioned Greg Garcia to their AAA-Memphis club on April 18, when they reactivated Rubén Tejada. Garcia had six hits in ten at bats for a .600 batting average, six runs scored, one double, one home run, two RBIs, four walks, a HBP, a .733 OBP, and a 1.000 SLG in 15 plate appearances.[70]

Trevor Rosenthal records 100th career save

Trevor Rosenthal recorded his 100th career save by striking out the side against the Chicago Cubs on April 20, becoming the fifth Cardinals pitcher to accumulate 100 saves.[71] In an 11–2 win over the San Diego Padres on April 23, Díaz garnered his first five-hit game and Hazelbaker hit another pinch hit home run.[72]

Almedys Diaz is first rookie to have .500 batting average after 50 ABs

After collecting two hits in his first two at bats in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 25 to give him 26 hits in 52 at bats, Díaz became the first rookie in MLB history to carry at least a .500 batting average at any point after accumulating 50 at bats, per the Elias Sports Bureau.[73] On April 29, the club announced that former owner Sam Breadon, starting pitcher Chris Carpenter, center fielder Terry Moore, and catcher and manager Joe Torre were selected as the 2016 class to be inducted into the franchise Hall of Fame, with the enshrinement scheduled for August 27, 2016.[74]

Cardinals below .500 at home

The team ended April with a three-game losing streak at home to the Nationals, falling to 5-6 at Home, 7-6 on the Road, for a .500 record (12-12) for the month.

May

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Adam Wainwright (middle) flanked by teammates Matt Adams (left) and Matt Carpenter (right) after hitting a three-run home run on May 2, 2016

The Cardinals, through the first month of 2016 having improved their run-scoring and home run rates from the previous season, likewise received increased hitting contribution from Wainwright. He hit his first home run of season in a 10–3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on May 2, also being credited with his second win of the season.[75] In each of four consecutive plate appearances spanning April 27 to May 7, he became the first Cardinal pitcher since 1900 to garner an extra base hit while batting, per the Elias Sports Bureau.[76]

Mike Leake, the club's top free agent acquisition in terms of amount of money awarded from the previous off-season, earned his first win a Cardinals uniform on May 10 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in an 8–1 advantage.[77]

Maness on DL

Reliever Seth Maness landed on the DL for the first time in his career on May 14 (retroactive to May 13), after an exam revealed an inflammation on his right (pitching) elbow. He was having pitching difficulties, getting hit hard in his previous 13 inning against the Anaheim Angels on May 12. For the season, he has a 6.39 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 12 23 innings. The velocity on all four of his pitches has been down an average of 2-3 mph this season. He will eventually be able to join a Minor League affiliate on a rehab assignment, instead of as a member of that club's roster. That rehab assignment can last up to 30 days.[78]

To take Maness' place on the MLB roster, the club called up left-handed reliever Dean Kiekhefer from Memphis. He made his major league debut on May 14 in Los Angeles in the sixth inning against the Dodgers, striking out four and allowing no walks in 1 23 innings. The only hit and run charged to him—both firsts of his career—was a home run to Corey Seager.[79]

Molina makes 1,500th career appearance

Molina made the 1,500th career appearance overall of his major league career in the May 14 game against Los Angeles.[80]

Carpenter ties Cardinals' leadoff record with 6 RBI

On May 19, Matt Carpenter established a new career-high six RBI in a game at Busch Stadium against the Colorado Rockies, with two doubles and his ninth HR of the the season in 13–7 win. Carpenter is the first Cardinal since Red Schoendienst in 1953 to record two doubles, a home run and six RBI in a single game, and the first Cardinals leadoff hitter since Shawon Dunston in 2000 to have six RBI in a single game. His batting average went up 13 points to .259, far below his .313 he was hitting after 41 games in 2015.[81] Reliever Jonathan Broxton started the season with a 2.25 ERA through May 19, but after allowing five earned runs while recording one out against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 20 at Busch Stadium, his ERA jumped to 4.96, and the Diamondbacks held a 9–2 advantage.[82] As a result, backup infielder Rubén Tejada made his first major league appearance as a pitcher in the ninth inning, pitching one complete inning while allowing two earned runs on back-to-back home runs to Chris Herrmann and Brandon Drury.[83]

Alex Reyes returns from 50-game suspension

The Cardinals #1 pitching prospect and #11 in all of MLB, Alex Reyes, returned from his 50-game suspension, pitching four scoreless innings on May 22, for AAA Memphis.[84] He gave up two singles, walked three, and struck out eight.[85] He tested positive for marijuana, and Major League Baseball suspended Reyes on November 9, 2015, for 50 games including the remainder of his Arizona Fall League play, and start of the 2016 season.[86]

Randal Grichuk gets his first walk-off HR

Center fielder Randal Grichuk hit his first career walk-off home run on May 23 in a 4–3 win against the Cubs.[87]

Mitch Harris to 60-day DL; Cards buy José Martínez from KC Royals

Reliever Mitch Harris is transferred to the 60-day DL, and the team bought LF José Martínez from the Kansas City Royals for cash.[88]

Matt Carpenter on Paternity Leave, Greg Garcia recalled

Third Baseman Matt Carpenter was granted paternity leave to attend the birth of his first child on May 25, causing him to miss the rubber game against the Chicago Cubs. The team can replace him on the roster for up to three days before going with only 24 active players. The Cardinals recalled Greg Garcia from AAA Memphis to take Carpenter's place on the active roster.[89] After missing three games (May 25-27), Carpenter returned and Greg Garcia was also kept on the roster, hitting a torrid .615 for the season. Rubén Tejada was designated for assignment for the move to make room for Carpenter and to keep Garcia. Tejada had signed a one-year $1.5 mil. contract, but only hit .176 (6-for-34) with two doubles. Tejada can now choose to accept the Cardinals' assignment to Triple-A, or sign with another team.[90]

Stephen Piscotty hits his first career Grand Slam, and Mike Matheny gets his 400th win

While playing the Nationals in the seventh inning of a 2–1 loss at Busch Stadium on May 26, Stephen Drew hit a high infield fly that stayed over the pitcher's mound. With both Aledmys Díaz and Mike Leake attempting to catch the ball, Molina posited himself and waited. As the ball deflected off Díaz' glove, he almost collided with Leake, but Molina instinctively moved his glove and caught the ball before it hit the ground.[91] The Cardinals defeated the Nationals the next day, 6–2, as Stephen Piscotty hit his first career grand slam against Max Scherzer, Garcia homered and drew two walks batting leadoff[92] and Mike Matheny achieved his 400th career managerial win.[93] He managed his 700th game on May 30, a 6-0 win against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Schedule and results

Regular Season Schedule (calendar style)
Regular Season Schedule (sortable text)
National Broadcast Schedule (all teams), EDT

Most games are broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest.

Game log

2016 St. Louis Cardinals Game Log, 28–25 (.528) [94]
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Cardinals player

Current roster

St. Louis Cardinals roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list


25 active, 14 inactive

10px 7- or 15-day disabled list
Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster and coaches updated May 28, 2016
TransactionsDepth chart
All MLB rosters

Injury report

Injury Report

Name Duration Injury type Disabled list Games missed Ref.
Start End
Lynn, LanceLance Lynn November 9, 2015 Through 2016 Tommy John surgery April 2 (60-day) min. 162 [13]
Waldron, TylerTyler Waldron February 21, 2016 Indefinite Right shoulder impingement TBD [95]
Peralta, JhonnyJhonny Peralta March 7, 2016 10 to 12 weeks Torn ulnar collateral ligament of left thumb March 25 (retroactive, April 2) [50]
Harris, MitchMitch Harris March 25, 2016 TBD Right elbow compression pain March 25 (retroactive, April 2)
Trans. to 60-day DL, May 25
[96]
[88]
Walden, JordanJordan Walden April 2, 2016 a few months Grade 2 strain, right Latissimus dorsi muscle March 31 (retroactive, April 2) [97]
Pena, BrayanBrayan Pena April 2, 2016 early-May Left knee cartilage removal April 1 (retroactive, April 2) [98]
Pham, TommyTommy Pham April 4, 2016 May 17 Left oblique, strain April 4 37 [99] [100]
Gonzales, MarcoMarco Gonzales April 13, 2016 12 to 15 months Left elbow ligament with Tommy John surgery TBD [101]
Maness, SethSeth Maness May 13, 2016 TBD Right elbow inflammation May 13 (retroactive, May 14) [78]

Statistics

Batting statistics

(through April 17)

Legend
 Pos  Position   R  Runs scored  HR  Home runs   SB Stolen bases
  G Games played   H  Hits  RBI  Runs batted in   CS Caught stealing  SLG  Slugging percentage
 PA  Plate appearances  2B  Doubles  BB  Bases on balls  AVG  Batting average  OPS  On-base plus slugging percentage
 AB  At bats  3B  Triples  SO  Strikeouts  OBP  On-base percentage
Regular Season[102]
Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2B Garcia, G.G. Garcia 8 10 6 6 1 0 1 2 4 2 0 0 1 0.600 0.733 1.000 1.733
C Fryer, E.E. Fryer 4 6 2 6 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.333 2.333
RF Hazelbaker, J.J. Hazelbaker 12 33 7 13 3 1 8 7 3 10 2 2 0 0.394 0.421 0.818 1.239
SS Diaz, A.A. Diaz 10 32 11 13 5 1 6 22 2 2 0 0 0 0.406 0.441 0.813 1.254
C Molina, Y.Y. Molina 12 45 5 14 4 0 0 6 2 7 1 0 1 0.311 0.354 0.400 0.754
2B Wong, K.K. Wong 10 35 6 7 0 0 1 2 2 7 0 0 1 0.200 0.250 0.200 0.450
2B Gyorko, J.J. Gyorko 8 25 2 5 0 0 3 4 3 5 0 0 0 0.200 0.286 0.440 0.726
RF Piscotty, S.S. Piscotty 11 45 7 11 2 1 2 8 8 9 0 0 0 0.244 0.358 0.467 0.825
1B Moss, B.B. Moss 12 30 9 7 2 0 6 10 3 11 0 0 2 0.233 0.333 0.700 1.033
CF Grichuk, R.R. Grichuk 12 36 10 7 2 0 4 6 8 12 1 0 0 0.194 0.341 0.417 0.758
LF Holliday, M.M. Holliday 12 40 7 9 5 0 5 7 5 9 0 0 1 0.225 0.326 0.500 0.826
3B Carpenter, M.M. Carpenter 12 44 9 11 3 1 7 11 9 10 0 0 3 0.250 0.411 0.500 0.911
1B Adams, M.M. Adams 12 19 2 4 0 0 1 14 0 7 0 0 1 0.211 0.250 0.368 0.618
CF Pham, T.T. Pham 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Non-pitcher totals 401 83 113 29 4 42 77 50 91 4 2 10 0.282 0.371 0.531 0.902
Pitcher totals 26 2 5 0 0 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 0.192 0.192 0.192 0.384
TEAM TOTALS (4/22) 554 92 145 36 5 23 86 59 139 6 3 13 0.262 0.344 0.469 0.813

Pitching statistics

Legend
 Role  Pitcher   G  Games pitched  ShO  Shutouts   HR Home runs allowed    H/9  Hits per nine innings pitched
   W Wins  GS  Games started   SV  Save   BB Bases on balls allowed   BB/9  Bases on balls per 9 innings pitched
   L Losses  GF  Games finished   IP  Innings pitched   SO Strikeouts   SO/9  Strikeouts per 9 innings pitched
 ERA  Earned run average  CG  Complete game    H  Hits allowed  WHIP  Walks plus hits per inning pitched  SO/BB  Strikeout-to-walk ratio

STARTERS (2016 St. Louis Cardinals - PITCHING)

Regular Season (through April 22)
Name W L W% ERA G GS GF CG ShO SV IP H HR BB SO WHIP H/9 BB/9 SO/9 BFP
Garcia, J.J. Garcia 1 1 .500 2.70 3 3 0 1 1 0 20.0 10 0 8 26 0.900 4.5 3.6 11.7 79
Leake, M.M. Leake 0 2 .000 5.71 3 3 0 0 0 0 17.1 21 1 5 13 1.500 10.9 2.6 6.8 79
Martinez, C.C. Martinez 3 0 1.000 2.70 3 3 0 0 0 0 20.0 13 2 7 16 1.000 5.9 3.2 7.2 80
Wacha, M.M. Wacha 1 0 1.000 2.76 3 3 0 0 0 0 16.1 21 0 3 15 1.469 11.6 1.7 8.3 69
Wainwright, A.A. Wainwright 0 3 .000 7.25 4 4 0 0 0 0 22.1 29 2 10 9 1.75 11.7 4.0 3.6 104
STARTER Totals 5 6 .455 4.31 16 16 0 1 1 0 96.0 94 5 33 79 1.323 8.8 3.1 7.4 411
CLOSER - Rosenthal, T.T. Rosenthal 0 1 .000 3.00 6 0 4 0 0 4 6.0 3 1 3 14 1.000 4.5 4.5 21.0 25
RELIEVER Totals 3 2 .600 2.53 16 - 15 0 0 4 46.1 30 3 23 55 1.144 5.8 4.5 10.7 182
TEAM TOTALS 8 8 .500 3.73 16 16 15 1 1 4 142.1 124 8 56 134 1.265 7.8 3.5 8.5 593

Executives and club officials

Source: Cardinals front office

Executive officers
Baseball operations department
  • Senior vice president of baseball operations / general manager (GM): John Mozeliak
  • Assistant general manager: Mike Girsch
  • Special assistants to the GM: Ryan Franklin, Mike Jorgensen, Cal Eldred, Willie McGee, and Red Schoendienst
  • Director of player development: Gary LaRocque
  • Director of player personnel: Matt Slater
  • Director of Major League administration: Judy Carpenter-Barada
  • Director of baseball administration: John Vuch
  • Baseball operations coordinator for player development: Tony Ferreira
  • Director of scouting: Randy Flores
  • Director of international operations: Moisés Rodríguez
  • Assistant director of international scouting: Luís Morales
  • Manager for baseball information: Jeremy Cohen
  • Baseball development analysts: Matt Bayer, Kevin Seats, Dane Sorensen
  • Baseball developers: Pat Casanta, Brian Seyfert
  • Additional coaching staff
    • Senior medical advisor: Barry Weinberg
    • Head athletic trainer: Adam Olsen[11][103]
    • Strength/conditioning coach: Pete Prinzi
    • Equipment manager: Rip Rowan
    • Traveling secretary: C. J. Cherre
Communications department
  • Vice president: Ron Watermon
  • Director: Brian Bartow
Cardinals Care and community relations department
  • Vice president for community relations & executive director for Cardinals Care: Michael Hall
  • Vice president for event services and merchandising: Vicki Bryant
Finance and administration department
Operations department
  • Vice president: Joe Abernathy
Ticket sales, marketing & corporate sales department
  • Senior vice president of sales & marketing: Dan Farrell

Minor league system and first-year player draft

Teams

Level
Team League Division Manager W–L/Stats Standing Refs
AAA Memphis Redbirds Pacific Coast American–South Mike Shildt
AA Springfield Cardinals Texas North Dann Bilardello
A+ Palm Beach Cardinals Florida State South Oliver Marmol /
A Peoria Chiefs Midwest Western Joe Kruzel
A (SS) State College Spikes New York–Penn Pinckney Johnny Rodriguez
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian West Chris Swauger
GCL Cardinals Gulf Coast East Steve Turco
DSL Cardinals Dominican Summer Boca Chica North Fray Peniche

Overview

After testing positive for marijuana, Major League Baseball suspended pitching prospect Alex Reyes on November 9, 2015, for 50 games including the remainder of his Arizona Fall League (AFL) play and start of the 2016 season.[104] A total of eight players were selected from the Cardinals system in the rule 5 draft on December 10: Luis Perdomo (RHP to Colorado), Fernando Baez (RHP to Tampa Bay), Juan Caballero (RHP to Miami), Cory Jones (RHP to Baltimore), Mike O'Neill (OF to Cubs), Jhonny Polanco (RHP to Boston), Robelys Reyes (SS to Arizona) and Kender Villegas (RHP to Milwaukee). The Cardinals selected Matthew Bowman, a right-handed pitcher, from the New York Mets.[105]

Entering the 2016 season, MLB.com ranked Reyes as the tenth-best prospect in all the minor leagues, and Baseball Prospectus at number 13.[106]

Awards

Cardinals system preseason top-10 prospects
Rk. Baseball America[107] MLB.com[108] ESPN.com
1 Alex Reyes (RHP) Alex Reyes (RHP)
2 Tim Cooney (LHP) Jack Flaherty (RHP)
3 Jack Flaherty (RHP) Luke Weaver (RHP)
4 Luke Weaver (RHP) Magneuris Sierra (OF)
5 Marco Gonzales (LHP) Edmundo Sosa (SS)
6 Magneuris Sierra (OF) Nick Plummer (OF)
7 Edmundo Sosa () Marco Gonzales (LHP)
8 Nick Plummer (OF) Tim Cooney (LHP)
9 Junior Fernández (RHP) Charlie Tilson (OF)
10 Carson Kelly (C) Harrison Bader (OF)

Major League Baseball draft

The draft will be held on June 9-11, 2016, at Secaucus, New Jersey. Day one of the MLB Draft will include the first 77 overall selections. The Cardinals, in addition to their trio of first-round picks, will also make the 70th overall selection that day. Because they posted MLB's best record in 2015, the Cardinals receive the last pick in each subsequent round. Rounds 3–10 will be held on June 10, and followed by rounds 11–40 a day later. The Cardinals have not yet announced who they will send to Secaucus to serve as their on-site representative for the event's first day.[109] Because Heyward and Lackey both received qualifying offers and signed with the Chicago Cubs as free agents prior to the 2016 season, the Cardinals were allotted a total of three selections within the first 40 picks.[110]

References

Footnotes
  • a The Cardinals extended a qualifying offer worth $15.8 million to both Jason Heyward and John Lackey,[111] which they both rejected.[112]
Source notes
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