Prospects highlight Cards' spring invites

Bader, Flaherty, Alcantara among non-roster players headed to camp

Prospects highlight Cards' spring invites

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals have invited 25 non-roster players, including three of their top prospects, to participate in big league Spring Training, general manager John Mozeliak confirmed on Thursday.

Highlighting the group of invitees are outfielder Harrison Bader (No. 3), right-hander Jack Flaherty (No. 4) and right-hander Sandy Alcantara (No. 9), all of whom ended the 2016 rankings by MLBPipeline.com as top 10 prospects in the organization.

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The full list of invitees is as follows:

Pitchers: Alcantara, Flaherty, Kendry Flores, Austin Gomber, Corey Littrell, Josh Lucas, Trey Nielsen, Zach Phillips, Daniel Poncedeleon, Arturo Reyes, Rob Rowland, Jordan Schafer, Ryan Sherriff

Catchers: Eric Fryer, Andrew Knizner, Gabriel Lino, Jeremy Martinez, Dennis Ortega, Alberto Rosario

Infielders: Paul DeJong, Wilfredo Tovar, Patrick Wisdom

Outfielders: Bader, Todd Cunningham, Chad Huffman

Eight players -- Flores, Phillips, Schafer, Fryer, Lino, Huffman, Tovar and Cunningham -- received their Spring Training invites by signing Minor League deals with the club over the offseason. All players already on the Cardinals' 40-man roster automatically earn a spot in big league camp.

The Cardinals have required that pitchers and catchers report to the team's complex in Jupiter, Fla., by Feb. 14. The group's first workout will be held the following day. The Cardinals' first full-squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 18.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.