ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The Cardinals trimmed nine players from their camp roster Sunday, bringing their total down to 46.
Of the players on the 40-man roster, three went to Triple-A:
Pitcher Austin Gomber
Infielder Edmundo Sosa
Outfielder Tyler O’Neill.
O’Neill, a power-hitting righty, looked to be in competition for the fourth outfield spot with a chance to break camp with the Cardinals if he showcased his power enough in exhibition games. Unfortunately, he injured his hamstring, cutting his audition short.
Pitchers Derian Gonzalez and Conner Greene were both optioned to Double-A Springfield.
Joining those five names were four non-roster players reassigned to minor league camp.
Pitchers Ryan Helsley, Dakota Hudson and Arturo Reyes, along with infielder Tommy Edman, were all cut from the ranks of big league camp.
Helsley and Hudson, both hard-throwing righthanders, were talked about over the winter as possible in-season promotions by Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak. Their spring production looked similar, with neither pitcher appearing quite ready for MLB action. Both threw 4.2 innings, both had a WHIP well over 2.0 (Helsley’s was 2.36 and Hudson’s was 2.79) and both struck out just two hitters (Helsley walked four and Hudson walked five).
It’s clear both young arms have promise, but it’s equally clear they need a bit more seasoning before joining a big league roster.
Gomber continued his steady production, allowing two runs over seven innings and striking out three. He will likely be on the short list for early promotions from Memphis if the Cardinals need pitching help.
Arturo Reyes dealt with an ankle injury which limited his Grapefruit League action to just .2 innings.
Conner Greene certainly has the velocity to handle any major league lineup, but his control issues are still prevalent. Nine hits, three walks and a homer to go with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
Derian Gonzalez was perhaps the most impressive, throwing 4.1 scoreless innings and allowing just two hits. He has floated around at the lower levels, and hadn’t yet gone further than High-A Palm Beach, but his strong spring showing has him starting the year in Double-A Springfield. He could be heading higher this season if his control stays steady.