Harrison Bader is one of 15 position players who will be in the Cardinals' major-league spring training camp for the first time. (Mark Harrell/Springfield Cardinals)

By Rob Rains

The Cardinals will go through their first full-squad workout of the spring on Friday in Jupiter, Fla., welcoming 15 position players who are appearing in the major-league camp for the first time.

Five of those players have joined the organization since the end of last season. The group also includes nine non-roster players.

Here is a capsule look at the players in camp for the first time, listed in alphabetical order. Non-roster players are designed NR.

Eli Alvarez – A 22-year-old second baseman from the Dominican Republic, Alvarez broke into the ranks of the Cardinals’ top prospects with a big season at Class A Peoria in 2016. He hit .323 with 36 stolen bases a year after posting a .314 average at rookie-level Johnson City.

Harrson Bader (NR) – Bader will be competing for a spot as the Cardinals’ fourth or fifth outfielder but most likely will return to Memphis, where he can start every day. The 22-year-old hit .283 with 16 homers at Double A Springfield last year before finishing the year at Triple A.

Todd Cunningham (NR) – A switch-hitting outfielder, the 27-year-old Cunningham was signed over the winter as a minor-league free agent. He has 67 games of major-league experience, including 20 with the Angels last year when he spent most of the season with their Triple A team. He was originally a second-round pick by the Braves in 2010.

Paul DeJong (NR) – One of the Cardinals’ fastest rising prospects along with Bader, DeJong is expected to be the starting shortstop at Memphis this season, less than two years after he was drafted out of Illinois State. DeJong hit .260 with 22 homers and 73 RBI at Springfield last year.

Dexter Fowler
– The Cardinals’ major off-season free agent signing, Fowler comes over from the Cubs, where he helped the team win the World Series last year. He will be the team’s starting center fielder and leadoff hitter.

Chad Huffman (NR) – A 31-year-old outfielder, Huffman was signed as a minor-league free agent. He previously played in Memphis in 2013 before spending two seasons in Japan. He was with the Tigers’ Triple A team last year, hitting .286 with 17 homers and 70 RBI.

Andrew Knizner (NR)
– One of two catchers from last year’s draft who earned a non-roster invitation to camp, Knizner played at Johnson City last year, hitting .319 with six homers and 42 RBIs in 52 games and helping the Cardinals win the Appalachian League title. Knizner was the Cardinals’ seventh-round pick out of North Carolina State.

Gabriel Lino (NR)
– A 23-year-old native of Venezuela, Lino was signed over the winter as a minor-league free agent. The catcher played last season in Class A and Double A for the Phillies. He has been playing pro ball since 2010, compiling a career .230 average.

Jeremy Martinez (NR)
– The other member of last year’s draft class with Knizner invited to the big-league spring camp, Martinez was the starting catcher last season at State College. The USC product, drafted in the fourth round, hit .325 and threw out 17 of 37 basestealers in helping lead the Spikes to the New York-Penn League championship.

Jose Martinez
– The Cardinals purchased Martinez from the Royals last year and the outfielder spent most of the season at Triple A before joining the major-league team at the end of the season. Martinez, 27, was 7-for-16 with the Cardinals and is competing for a spot as the fourth or fifth outfielder.

Dennis Ortega (NR) – The youngest player in the major-league camp at 19, Ortega played at the lowest U.S. level of the Cardinals’ system last season, the Gulf Coast League. The catcher hit .357 in 36 games and threw out 12 of 29 basestealers as he helped the Cardinals win the league championship.

Magneuris Sierra – The outfielder made his first big-league spring appearance as a late inning pinch-runner a couple of years ago, being labeled “minor league guy” on a television broadcast. Sierra, who turns 21 in April, is much better known now and is coming off a .307 season at Peoria, where he also stole 31 bases.

Edmundo Sosa – It seems like Sierra and Sosa, a shortstop, have been paired as prospects for years now as they move together through the organization. Sosa, a month older than Sierra, is a native of Panama and hit. 268 at Peoria last year. It will be interesting to see how aggressive the Cardinals are in promoting both Sierra and Sosa to begin this season, a decision likely between Springfield or Palm Beach.

Wilfredo Tovar (NR)
– Signed as a minor-league free agent, Tovar is a 25-year-old shortstop who played in Triple A for the Twins last year. The Venezuela native originally signed with the Mets as a 16-year-old in 2008 and was in their system through 2015, when he signed with Minnesota.

Breyvic Valera
– A 25-year-old switch-hitting infielder, Valera has been in the Cardinals’ system since signing out of his native Venezuela in 2010. He hit .341 in 73 games at Memphis last year, and in more than 2,500 career minor-league at-bats has a composite .302 average.

Earlier in the week we also looked at the pitchers in the major-league camp for the first time.

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