The opening of St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training workouts will feature some familiar faces as four 2018 Palm Beach Cardinals were given non-roster invitations to big league camp. This is a valuable time for some to gain experience and learn from the men on the active roster, while giving them an opportunity to compete for an Opening Day roster spot.
2018 Florida State League All-Star Evan Kruczynski is the lone pitcher from last season's Palm Beach team to receive a non-roster invitation. The southpaw went 5-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 15 starts and struck out 74 in 76 innings before earning a promotion to Double-A where he flourished. In six starts with Springfield, the Wisconsin native went 2-3 with a 2.50 ERA and held opponents to a .200 batting average against. This is his first time earning a NRI.
Outfielder Dylan Carlson, the Cardinals' No. 12 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, will also be in attendance alongside the veterans to begin the Spring. The former first round pick played 99 games in Palm Beach, hitting .247 with a .345 on-base-percentage to go along with nine homers and 53 RBI. In the field, the 20-year-old made just four errors and had 11 outfield assists in over 875 innings between Single-A Peoria and Advanced-A Palm Beach.
Catchers Brian O'Keefe and Jose Godoy will begin their Spring Training reporting earlier than usual with the other pitchers and catchers. Godoy, a 2018 Florida State League All-Star, hit .289 and had a .381 on-base-percentage in 68 games with the Palm Beach Cardinals. He signed with the Cardinals back in 2011 and will be in major league camp for the first time.
O'Keefe, also making his first appearance in big league camp, played the entire 2018 season in Palm Beach. The 25-year-old hit .243 with six home runs, 44 RBI, and had a .358 on-base-percentage.
The first St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training game will be on Saturday, February 23rd against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Tickets can be found at rogerdeanchevroletstadium.com.
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