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Memphis Redbird roster announced

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The Memphis Redbirds, Triple A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, has announced it's opening day roster.

  • C Audry Perez/Ed Easley
  • 1B Xavier Scruggs
  • 2B Greg Garcia
  • 3B Jermaine Curtis
  • SS Luis Mateo
  • LF Stephen Piscotty
  • CF Oscar Taveras
  • RF Randal Grichuk

Perez and Easley are expected to split time behind the plate this year; neither appear to be starting material, but should get enough time to be ready in case the Cardinals have an injury to one of their catchers. Garcia will see time at third short, so Mateo could also be moving around; the Cardinals have a tendency to give guys exposure at as many positions as possible so they can be flexlible if promoted. The corner outfielders could be flipped as well; Grichuk is the better defender, but Piscotty has a cannon arm and has pretty much been limited to right.

The bench will feature the non-starter of Perez and Easley, Scott Moore (1B/3B), Joey Butler (OF), and Tommy Pham (OF). After Mark Ellis returns to the Cardinals' active roster, Pete Kozma could be down as a utility player; Mateo or Pham could be demoted to make room.

The rotation is tentatively Tyler Lyons (L), Angel Castro (R), Boone Whiting (R), Tim Cooney (L), and Scott McGregor (R).

While no official closer has been named, righty David Aardsma will probably see his share of save opportunities; Sam Freeman (L) and Jorge Rondon (R) have minor league closing experience as well. The rest of the bullpen includes Jose Almarante (R), Eric Fornataro (R), Nick Greenwood (L), Lee Stoppelman (L), and Heath Wyatt (R).

Fornataro, Freeman, Garcia, Grichuck, Perez, Rondon and Taveras are all on the Cardinals' 40-man roster; they can be promoted if need be.

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