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11/17/2010 5:28 PM ET
Cardinals announce five additions to 40-man roster
2007 first round pick Pete Kozma headlines group
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The St. Louis Cardinals announced five players have been purchased and added to the team's 40-man Major League roster today. Right-handed pitchers Eduardo Sanchez, Adam Reifer and David Kopp will join infielder Pete Kozma and outfielder Adron Chambers. Sanchez and Kozma were both Spring Training non-roster invitees last year. Sanchez, Reifer, Kopp and Chambers were all selected to the Texas League All-Star team while playing for Springfield (AA) this past season.

Sanchez (non-drafted free agent, 2005), 21, appeared in 50 games between Springfield and Memphis (AAA), nailing down 14 saves in 16 opportunities. The Maracay, Venezuela, native was a combined 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA between the two clubs and struck out 58 batters in 53.0 innings.

Reifer (11th round, 2007 draft), 24, made 51 appearances posting a 3-1 record with a 3.00 ERA at Springfield, before getting called up to Memphis to finish the season with a win and joined the team for the Pacific Coast League playoffs. The hard throwing right-hander out of the University of California-Riverside, ranked T-2nd in the Texas League with 17 saves in 19 opportunities and ranked T-3rd among Cardinals minor league relievers in saves.

Kopp (2nd round, 2007), 25, was 12-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 21 starts at Springfield, and was called up to Memphis to make five more starts in June and July. He ranked second in the Texas League in wins and fourth in ERA. The right-handed ground ball specialist out of Clemson University induced 20 double plays, ranking T-2nd in the Texas League.

Kozma (1st round, 2007), 22, played in 132 games starting all at shortstop for Springfield, batting .243 while posting career-high numbers with 13 home runs, 72 RBI and 13 stolen bases. The Owasso, Okla., native turned 100 double plays this past season, more than any other shortstop in Double-A ball.

Chambers (38th round, 2007), 24, played in 112 games between Springfield and Memphis, batting .283 with six home runs, 35 RBI and 14 stolen bases. The Pensacola, Fla., native led all of professional baseball with 16 triples during the 2009 season and has tallied 20 outfield assists over the past two seasons. Chambers currently ranks second in the Arizona Fall League with 10 stolen bases and has hit safely in 14-of-18 games (.333, 22-66) for the Surprise Rafters.

The Cardinals 40-man Major League roster currently stands at 38 including the signing of pitcher Jake Westbrook yesterday.

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