Austin Gomber is the only left-handed starter among the 33 pitchers in the Cardinals' major-league camp this spring. (Mark Harrell/Springfield Cardinals)

By Rob Rains

The Cardinals went through their first official spring training workout for pitchers and catchers on Wednesday in Jupiter, Fla., a new experience for many of them.

Fifteen pitchers are new to the Cardinals’ major-league camp this spring, having either been acquired in trades, signed as free agents over the winter or promoted from the minor leagues.

Even the team’s pitching coach is new. Mike Maddux was hired to replace Derek Lilliquist, the first time in more than 20 years the Cardinals have gone outside the organization for a pitching coach. Bryan Eversgerd is also on the major-league staff for the first time, promoted from Memphis to serve as the bullpen coach.

Here is a capsule look at the pitchers, either new to the 40-man roster, or non-roster invitees, who are in the Cardinals’ major-league camp for the first time:

John Brebbia – It was just a year ago that Brebbia was an unknown reliever in the Cardinals’ minor-league camp, a former Independent League pitcher looking to take advantage of joining the Cardinals as a minor-league Rule 5 draft pick. He did that during the 2017 season, pitching well enough in Memphis to get promoted to the Cardinals, where he became a solid member of the bullpen.

Sean Gilmartin (NR) – Picked up by the Cardinals last season on waivers from the Mets, Gilmartin appeared in only eight games in Memphis, totaling 12 innings. Being left-handed will help the veteran try to retain a spot in the Triple A bullpen when the season begins.

Austin Gomber – Gomber is in a rare position in this camp: Out of 33 total pitchers, he is the only left-handed starter. The 24-year-old had a solid season at Double A Springfield last year, making 26 starts, and projects to begin this season in the rotation in Memphis.

Derian Gonzalez – One of the more unknown pitchers in camp, Gonzalez, 23, was added to the 40-man roster in December even though he spent most of last season at Class A Palm Beach, going 4-7 with a 4.33 ERA. He was in the rotation for most of the season, but projects more long-term as a reliever, probably beginning this season at Double A.

Connor Greene – One of two pitchers acquired from Toronto for Randal Grichuk, Greene, 22, spent 2017 in Double A. He has the ability to throw 100 miles per hour, but needs to refine the other aspects of his game and probably projects as a starter at Springfield when this season begins.

Luke Gregerson – The veteran reliever has been in a Cardinals’ camp before, but it was on the minor-league side nine years ago, before he was traded to the Padres. Signed as a free agent, Gregerson is scheduled to get the first chance to become the Cardinals’ closer when the season begins.

Preston Guilmet (NR) – The “other” pitcher who spent last season in Japan last season in the Cardinals’ camp besides Miles Mikolas, the 30-year-old right-handed reliever has 19 games of major-league experience scattered across four teams. He spent last season in Yakult, appearing as both a starter and reliever, recording 57 strikeouts in 54 innings, and probably is headed for Memphis.

Ryan Helsley (NR) – Identified by John Mozeliak as a potential closer in the future, the 23-year-old Helsley is one of the Cardinals’ latest pitching finds from a small college. He likely will begin the year in the rotation, either at Memphis or Springfield, to get more regular work and experience.

Jordan Hicks (NR) – The other potential in-house future closing candidate named by Mozeliak this winter, Hicks is two years younger than Helsley at 21 and throws harder, but still needs refinement in other aspects of his game. Hicks should begin the year in the Springfield rotation to give him more consistent work.

Dakota Hudson (NR) – Because of his college experience, Hudson could well be the first pitcher out of the next tier of prospects promoted to the majors when the need arises. Until then, he should be in the Memphis rotation, even though his future could also be in a relief role.

Dominic Leone – The other pitcher acquired from the Blue Jays in the Grichuk deal, the 26-year-old right-hander already is with his fourth organization, but the Cardinals believe he showed last season he can be a reliable late-inning reliever. He struck out 81 in 70 innings for the Blue Jays, easily his best season since he was a rookie in Seattle in 2014.

Hector Mendoza (NR) –A 23-year-old native of Cuba, Mendoza pitched in Japan for two years before signing with the Cardinals prior to the 2017 season, which he spent mostly in Palm Beach. He only pitched 33 innings a year ago, which makes it likely he will be back in the Class A team’s bullpen when this season begins.

Miles Mikolas – One of the most interesting pitchers to watch this spring will be Mikolas, signed as a free agent out of Japan and projected to be in the starting rotation. He was not effective in his first stint in the majors, in Texas, but looks as if he improved during his years in Japan – at least that’s what the Cardinals hope turns out to be the case.

Bud Norris – The newest edition to camp, Norris agreed to terms on Monday. He could fit as either an extra starting candidate should one of the current pitchers go down, or perhaps as another late-inning option in the bullpen. Norris, 32, had 19 saves for the Angels last year, most coming before two knee injuries interrupted his season.

Daniel Poncedeleon (NR) – Poncedeleon will arguably be the most excited player in the Cardinals camp, considering how far his recovery has progressed since he was hit in the head by a line drive last May while pitching for Memphis. Assuming there are no repercussions from that injury, Poncedeleon likely will open the year in the Triple A rotation.

We will take a look at the position players in the major-league spring camp for the first time prior to the first full-squad workout next Monday.

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