Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: St. Louis Cardinals

1 Oscar Taveras 6/19/1992 of Memphis Redbirds
2 Shelby Miller 10/10/1990 rhp St. Louis Cardinals
3 Carlos Martinez 9/21/91 of  (Dominican Republic)
4 Trevor Rosenthal 5/29/1990 rhp St. Louis Cardinals
5 Kolten Wong 10/10/1990 2b Memphis Redbirds
6 Michael Wacha 7/1/1991 rhp Memphis Redbirds
7 Matt Adams 8/31/1988 1b St. Louis Cardinals
8 Tyrell Jenkins 7/20/1992 rhp Peoria Chiefs
9 Carson Kelly 7/14/1994 3b Johnson City Cardinals
10 Stephen Piscotty 1/14/1991 of/3b Palm Beach Cardinals

HE’S WHERE? Last year’s first-round pick, righthander Michael Wacha, was the talk of major league spring training, so from that point of view perhaps it isn’t a surprise that he is on the Triple-A Memphis roster. Still, he pitched just 21 innings after signing last year out of Texas A&M, so it will be a significant jump. He showed an above-average fastball this spring, with what BA Cardinals correspondent Derrick Goold called the best changeup in camp.

WHO’S MISSING: Righthander Carlos Martinez remains in the Dominican Republic, unable to obtain a work visa to come to the United States. He went through a well documented name change and was suspended by MLB for a year before signing with the Cardinals in 2010, but he had not had any issues since then. It’s not clear when he might be available.

GO SEE: The Memphis Redbirds have the Cardinals’ three best prospects who are still in the minors--and are not stuck in the Dominican. In addition to Wacha, Memphis will feature outfielder Oscar Taveras (No. 1) and second baseman Kolten Wong (No. 5). It will be interesting to see which one stays in the minors the longest.