Cardinals Prospects with the Most to Prove in Spring Training

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Cardinals Prospects with the Most to Prove in Spring Training
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St. Louis Cardinals old and new are finishing up their offseason training regimens as they enter the final weeks before spring training.

The Cardinals released their list of non-roster invitees (NRI) this week. A total of 16 NRIs will be heading to Florida, some with a lot on the line.

For reasons varying from a position block to the potential to become trade bait, prospects have to show up in Florida ready to put on a show. If you don’t stand out in the crowd of other hopefuls, it will be difficult to ever make the final jump.

That goes for players who have spent a brief stint in the majors as well. Just because a player made the team in 2012 as a September call-up doesn’t necessarily mean they will make a return in 2013.

Spring training is their chance to hang onto that spot.

Following are a handful of prospects that have to prove themselves this spring.

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