The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they plan to open Spring Training next month in Jupiter, Fla. with 61 players in Major League camp, including 22 non-roster invitees. The new Cardinals players include pitchers Jayson Aquino, Matt Bowman, Mike Leake and Seung Hwan Oh, catcher Brayan Pena and infielder Jedd Gyorko. The 25 STEP program players include, Sandy Alcantara, John Brebbia, Junior Fernandez, Jack Flaherty, Derian Gonzalez, Josh Lucas, Mike Mayers, Alex Reyes, Arturo Reyes, Rowan Wick and Jacob Woodford; catchers Christopher Chinea, Jose Godoy, Ryan McCarvel and Brian O’Keefe; infielders Eliezer Alvarez, Paul DeJong, Juan Herrera, Chris Jacobs, Oscar Mercado, Darren Serefina and Edmundo Sosa; outfielders Harrison Bader, C.J. McElroy, Nick Plummer and Magneuris Sierra. The there are the 22 Non Roster Invitees, RHP Silfredo Garcia, LHP Austin Gomber, RHP Juan Gonzalez, RHP Jeremy Hefner, LHP Corey Littrell, RHP Deck McGuire, RHP Trey Nielsen, RHP Daniel Poncedeleon, RHP Robby Rowland, RHP J. C. Sulbaran, RHP Tyler Waldron, RHP Luke Weaver. The catchers includes Steve Bean, Luis Cruz, Eric Fryer, Carson Kelly, Alberto Rosario, plus infielders Jonathan Rodriguez, David Washington, Jacob Wilson, Patrick Wisdom.and outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. All I can say is wow it will be crowded at the facility. My eyes will remain on Alex Reyes, Luke Weaver, Nick Plummer, and Magneuris Sierra. Would love to see if there will be any growth in their abilities. Cardinals’ pitchers and catchers will report on Wednesday, February 17 and the full squad is to report on Monday, February 22 with the team’s first full-squad workout scheduled for the following day.