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

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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 

Catchers

- Audry Perez

- Travis Tartamella

Infielders

- Xavier Scruggs, 1B

- Starlin Rodriguez, 2B

- Neal Pritchard, Util

- Jake Lemmerman, SS

- Luis Mateo, SS-3B

- Ruben Gotay, Util

Outfielders

- 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

Relievers

- 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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