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Eight Cardinals to Play in Arizona Winter League

The rosters for the Arizona Fall League are coming together and several Cardinals prospects will be included as members of the Suprise Rafters.


David Kopp: 5-3, 3.12 ERA at Palm Beach (High A), 1-1, 6.43 ERA in Springfield (AA)

Mike Parisi
:0-4 with an 8.22 ERA ERA in 12 appearances with the Cardinals in 2008. He required Tommy John surgery, so this season he was all the way back in rookie league with an 0-1 record and a 1.17 ERA. He was 0-1 with an 8.22 ERA in High A Palm Beach.

Adam Reifer: A closer, Baseball America called him the Cardinals 11th highest-ranked prospect at the beginning of the 2009 season. But he's struggled to a 4-7 record with a 4.56 ERA while racking up 21 saves. He's got a high 90s fastball and a nasty slider that fades away at 82-83 MPH.

Lance Lynn: 0-0, 2.30 in 15 2/3 innings at High A Palm Beach, 11-4 2.92 in 126 1/3 innings at Class AA Springfield and 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA after one start at Class AAA Memphis, Lynn looks like he is on the fast track for the majors. He's more of a prototypical Cardinals pitcher of the La Russa/Duncan era at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds with four pitches and good control. He could start the season in Class AAA next season and punch his ticket for the big leagues in late 2010 or 2011.

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Cardinals prospect Lance Lynn pitches for Team USA in 2007. Lynn will be one of eight Redbirds hopefuls to play in the Arizona Fall League.

Catcher Bryan Anderson was one of the Cardinals most talked about prospects before an injury derailed his 2009 season. He amassed only 179 bats in Class AAA Memphis and the Class A Gulf Coast League, batting .251 with five homers.

Infielder Daniel Descalso: He hit .323 with eight homers in Springfield before earning a promotion to Class AAA Memphis where he hit .253 with a pair of longballs in 150 at bats. The lefty hitting second baseman was a Texas League all-star while he was in Class AA and has been invited to play for Team USA.

Rightfielder Tyler Henley has hit .301 with 13 homers in Class AA Springfield. He hit .327 in the first half of the season, but cooled off considerably to .273 in the second half.

Daryl Jones plays all three outfield spots. He is considered to be a tremendous athlete with raw baseball skills. Jones hit .280 in Class AA Springfield with two homers in 286 at bats and was named a Texas League mid-season all-star.