Xavier Scruggs, Mike O’Neill, and Starlin Rodriguez lead the 2013 Springfield Cardinals

| April 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
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On Monday the Springfield Cardinals released their 2013 opening day roster. Those familiar with the 2012 Texas League Champions will see several familiar names as the Cards return 20 players from the 2012 squad. Two “newbies” for 2013 pitched in Springfield in 2011, Jordan Swagerty and Ramon Delgado. The other “newbies” include Ruben Gotay, Jake Lemmerman, Starlin Rodriguez, Luis Mateo, Dean Kiekhefer, and Seth Blair.

Xavier Scruggs and his 22 home runs are returning to Springfield for 2013

Xavier Scruggs and his 22 home runs are returning to Springfield for 2013

Of the 28 players on the roster (3 will open on the disabled list), only two did not begin their professional careers in the Cardinal organization, Gotay and Lemmerman.

Luis Mateo makes the biggest jump from the Midwest League (Low-A) to the Texas League (Double-A). This jump has been made famous recently by Oscar Taveras and Kolten Wong. Mateo should not be looked at on the same level as those two highly regarded prospects.

There are several key members from the league championship team that have moved on. Taveras, Wong, Seth Maness, Eric Fornataro, Michael Wacha, Jorge Rondon, Tyler Lyons, Vance Albitz, Jermaine Curtis, Greg Garcia, and Jamie Romak have all moved on to Triple-A Memphis.

Here is a possible starting line-up

Mike O’Neill, LF

Starlin Rodriguez, 2B

Chris Swauger, RF

Xavier Scruggs, 1B

Adam Melker, CF

Audry Perez, C

Jake Lemmerman, SS

Tommy Pham, DH

Neal Pritchard, 3B

Here is your Opening Day Springfield Cardinals roster 


Audry Perez

Travis Tartamella


Xavier Scruggs, 1B

Starlin Rodriguez, 2B

Neal Pritchard, Util

Jake Lemmerman, SS

Luis Mateo, SS-3B

Ruben Gotay, Util


Mike O’Neill

Chris Swauger

Tommy Pham

Adam Melker

Starting Pitchers

Boone Whiting, RHP

Seth Blair, RHP

Scott McGregor, RHP

Anthony Ferrara, LHP

Richard Castillo, RHP


Michael Blazek, RHP

Kevin Siegrist, LHP

Deryk Hooker, RHP

Justin Wright, LHP

Kevin Thomas, RHP

Ramon Delgado, RHP

Keith Butler, RHP

Dean KiekheferLHP

Disabled List

Jordan SwagertyRHP

– Scott GorgenRHP

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