PEORIA — The Peoria Chiefs won't play in 2020, but many of their former members will see action with big-league teams as spring training 2.0 is under way in early July.
Their are former Chiefs players scattered on 18 of the 30 MLB teams as these new camps open.
One of those ex-Chiefs, third baseman Elehuris Montero, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released Sunday by Cardinals GM John Mozeliak.
Montero, who hit .322 with 15 homers and 69 RBI in 103 games for the Chiefs in 2018, is reportedly asymptomatic. He is not presently part of the Cardinals 60-man roster for training camp 2.0.
Parent club St. Louis has the most former Chiefs currently in MLB camps, at 21. And St. Louis could add more, as it so far has filled just 44 of its 60 permitted slots.
Teams can make changes on the list. But to remove a player from the list, according to special MLB rules in place for this short season, he must be released, traded or offered on waivers to all other teams.
By holding roster spots open, the Cards can add players as injuries or other needs arise, and not have to risk losing a player they want to remove.
The former Chiefs on the 60-man include four of St. Louis' five rostered catchers in Ivan Herrera, Jose Godoy, Andrew Knizner and Yadier Molina.
Pitchers include Junior Fernandez, Jack Flaherty, Ryan Helsley, Jordan Hicks, Johan Oviedo, Carlos Martinez, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Alex Reyes, Kodi Whitley, Jake Woodford and Austin Gomber.
Infielders include Paul DeJong, Tommy Edman, Edmundo Sosa and Kolten Wong.
Outfielders are Dylan Carlson and Harrison Bader.
Carlson, Edman, Herrera, Hicks, Knizner, Oviedo and Whitley were all in Peoria within the last three years. Wong (2017, 2018) and Martinez (2019) were at Dozer Park on MLB rehab stints.
Dave Eminian is the Journal Star sports columnist, and covers the Rivermen and Chiefs. He writes the Cleve In The Eve sports column for pjstar.com. Reach him at 686-3206 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.