How the Cards 25-man roster looks right now

3/7/13 in   |   jvardaman   |   3 respect

With almost two weeks of the Spring Training schedule in the books, I think it is time to sit down and evaluate what the 25-man roster is looking like. There is only a little over three weeks until Opening Day, so some questions need to start being answered in some of the most crucial spots in the lineup and on the staff. What I have compiled below is what I would expect the 25-man roster to look like if the regular season started today.

Starters
Wainwright
Garcia
Westbrook
Lynn
Miller

Bullpen
Kelly
Rosenthal
Choate
Rzepczynski
Mujica
Boggs
Motte

Lineup
Jay-CF
Beltran-RF
Holliday-LF
Craig-1B
Molina-C
Freese-3B
Carpenter-2B
Kozma-SS
Pitcher

Bench
Wiggington
Cedeno
Descalso
Cruz
Robinson

As far as the starters go, GM John Mozeliak pretty much cemented it today when he said Trevor Rosenthal will likely start the season in the bullpen on the big league squad.  With Joe Kelly not pitching well against the Yanks, I see Shelby Miller as the front runner to capture the fifth starter spot. If Rosenthal continues his below-par showings, though, look for Eduardo Sanchez to take his place. I don’t see Michael Wacha making the team after one strong Spring showing, but if he continues to pitch the way he has thus far, look for him to make a strong case to be a call-up later in the season.
On the bench the only changes I can see would be sending Ty Wiggington down in favor of Matt Adams. Although others may be ready for the big leagues, a la Oscar Taveras and Kolten Wong, I would rather see them get more action in the minors before pushing them into a bench role on the major league squad. At this point, they would both be on the bench. It is my opinion that keeping them in the Minors where they can be everyday players is what is best for their development. But, look out for them to be call-ups barring injuries or poor play.
I chose to put Matt Carpenter over Daniel Descalso in the lineup purely because he can hit. Having Descalso in the game from the start creates a void in the bottom of the lineup that Carpenter can take away. Leave Descalso on the bench for a late-game defensive substitution. The injury to Rafael Furcal and his soon-to-come Tommy John surgery has pretty much cemented Kozma as the everyday SS, in my eyes.
Like I said, this 25-man roster is what I would imagine seeing if the start of the regular season was today. There is still plenty of baseball to be played this spring, so keep an eye on what happens with the last spot in the rotation, the bullpen, the middle infield and the fight for the last bench spots.
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