Positional Player Groupings

Not that a player is blessed or cursed by his positional grouping in Spring Training, but St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny does have a definite purpose in how he matches veterans and young players in camp. Sometimes it is for the benefit of the young player to be groomed, sometimes it is for the veteran player to take that next step in leadership.

Without overstating the importance of these groupings, here’s a look at how the Cardinals went through their first official day of full-team workouts:

Group 1: Matt Holliday, Mark Ellis, Peter Bourjos, Ed Easley, Stephen Piscotty

Group 2: Jhonny Peralta, Tony Cruz, Scott Moore, Greg Garcia, Rafael Ortega

Group 3: Matt Carpenter, Pete Kozma, Matt Adams, Randall Grichuk, Travis Tartamella, Cody Stanley

Group 4: Yadier Molina, Daniel Descalso, Kolten Wong, Xavier Scruggs, Carson Kelly

Group 5: Jon Jay, Oscar Taveras, Luis Mateo, Patrick Wisdom, James Ramsey, Casey Rasmus

Pitching groups have been as follows:

Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Zach Petrick

Jaime Garcia, Sam Freeman, Jorge Rondon

Jason Motte, Seth Maness, Keith Butler

Trevor Rosenthal, Jordan Swagerty, Sam Gaviglio

Joe Kelly, Carlos Martinez, Lee Stoppelman

Shelby Miller, Pat Neshek, Tyler Lyons, Marco Gonzales

Lance Lynn, Eric Fornataro, Juan Castro

Randy Choate, Kevin Siegrist, Tim Cooney

Group 6: Allen Craig, Shane Robinson, Joey Butler, Audry Perez, Mike O’Neill


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