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2012 Transaction Rundown: Final Releases

2012 Transaction Rundown: Final Releases
December 28, 2012
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Here is a listing of all the players in the Cleveland Indians minor league system that have been released over the course of the 2012 calendar year.

Note: This is from info I have received throughout the year from the Indians and their affiliates. Not all releases are made public or are mentioned, but close to all (if not all) are included below.

Last updated: December 28, 2012

Ambriz, Hector (RHP)
Barr, John (OF)
Bartolone, Nick (OF)
Burnette, Chase (1B)
Casas, Jordan (OF)
Cespedes, Ramon (RHP)
Copeland, Ben (OF)
Crowe, Trevor (OF)
Curtis, Matthew (RHP)
Dickerson, Dale (RHP)
Dischler, Tony (RHP)
Dunn, Henry (OF)
Ehlert, Clayton (RHP)*
Elliott, Cody (OF)
Encarnacion, Isaias (LHP)
Fields, Aaron (INF)*
Fontanez, Kevin (INF)
Frawley, Casey (INF)
Guzman, Cristian (INF)
Heere, Brian (OF)
Hu, Chin-Lung (INF)
Knapp, Jason (RHP)
Krasne, Will (RHP)
LaRoche, Andy (INF)
Lewis, Fred (OF)
Lopez, Jose (RHP)
Lovera, Yeiker (RHP)
Mahalic, Joey (RHP)
Martinez, Argenis (INF)
McKeon, Josh (RHP)
Montero, Moisses (C)
Perez, Alexander (RHP)
Pickens, Doug (C)
Pie, Felix (OF)
Ramirez, Moisses (RHP)
Ray, Chris (RHP)
Reyes, Argenis (INF)
Rucinski, Drew (RHP)
Sanchez, Karexon (INF)
Sarianides, Nick (RHP)
Serna, KC (INF)
Striz, Nate (RHP)
Tejeda, Robinson (RHP)
Thompson, Logan (INF)*
Wetmore, Kirk (LHP)

* - voluntarily retired

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User Comments

September 24, 2013 - 10:34 AM EDT
@66ersBaseball caps an improbable run to the Cal League championship by sweeping @SJGiants behind Drew Rucinski.

The Inland Empire 66ers were decided underdogs in the California League Championship Series. Their opponents, the San Jose Giants, boasted the circuit's best overall record at 83-57 and a league-leading 3.66 team ERA. And they'd beaten the 66ers 11 times in 14 regular-season meetings.

Inland Empire completed a three-game sweep with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night at San Jose, capturing the sixth Cal League crown in franchise history and first as an Angels affiliate.

"It has been an absolutely remarkable run these kids had," 66ers manager Bill Haselman said. "They have confidence and grit, and it showed throughout the playoffs. It's been unbelievable."

Andy Workman, who hit .364 with a homer and four RBIs in the sweep, was named Finals MVP. In Saturday's clincher, he put Inland Empire on the board with an RBI single in the first inning and plated another run with a fielder's choice in the seventh that opened a 3-1 lead.

"Boy, did he step up," Haselman said. "His home run [on Friday] was huge, he had two RBIs tonight and beat out a ground-ball double play to get in that insurance run. That insurance run changes the aspect of the last innings as far as what [San Jose] has to do in terms of getting runners on and moving them over. And his center field play was unbelievable. He's a leader out there."

Drew Rucinski held the Giants to a run on five hits and two walks while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings to improve to 3-0 in the postseason. Game 1 featured a stellar outing from Orangel Arenas, while Dan Reynolds dazzled in Game 2.

Haselman said his team got out of tough situations throughout its playoff run with strong defense, singling out second baseman Alex Yarbrough and shortstop Eric Stamets, the Angels' eighth- and ninth-ranked prospects, respectively.

"We executed on defense and we did not make many errors in the playoffs," said the 13-year Major League veteran. "We have a darn good middle infield."

Even so, the postseason was a roller-coaster ride for the 66ers, who secured a Wild Card berth with a 69-71 overall record. They edged Rancho Cucamonga, 2-1, in the best-of-3 mini-series, then eliminated Lancaster by winning a remarkable 15-inning, 5 1/2-hour marathon in the decisive fifth game.

"We were up against Rancho and they came back. We were losing going into the bottom of the ninth and it was win or go else go home," Haselman said. "Against Lancaster, twice they had the bases loaded with no outs in extra innings -- in the bottom of the inning -- and we got out of it.

"Lancaster beat us head-to-head in the regular series and we beat them in five. I'd be foolish not to say there's a lot of luck involved, but we played fundamentally good baseball. To be able to go through those two teams, it just shows you what the playoffs is all about. To come here and sweep -- it's unbelievable. These guys are unbelievable. In the playoffs, their confidence is so high and they're so hot at times, they could have beaten anybody."
December 28, 2012 - 11:24 PM EST
Yes, Elliott was released in spring training. Simply did not show much with the bat and the defense wasn't what was expected, but the sudden release makes me think there was more to it behind the scenes (though I do not know and merely speculate).
December 28, 2012 - 11:20 AM EST
Did we not just draft Elliott last year? Why the early release?
June 20, 2012 - 9:25 AM EDT
Ok, got confirmation....Elliott and John Barr were recently released.
June 19, 2012 - 11:44 PM EDT
Interesting Doug...I will see if I can get an updated listing of those players released last week. The Indians do not openly provide such a list unless asked. thx
June 19, 2012 - 10:56 PM EDT
Several others in extended released last week.
June 19, 2012 - 10:53 PM EDT
He was released last week
June 19, 2012 - 1:48 PM EDT
Re: Elliott......not that I am aware of.
June 19, 2012 - 1:41 PM EDT
Cody Elliot released?
April 25, 2012 - 9:48 AM EDT
Unfortunately, stats don't mean a whole lot in the minors. Teams want players to perform, but the stats are one of the last things they look at. Too many variables which can make that stats good/bad because of age of player vs. other players (college pitchers pitching in rookie ball is a negative) and because the quality of opponents is not always there. Every team simply looks at the stuff, ability of the player and if it translates as they move up regardless of how they perform. They evaluate their routines, preparation, the command of the fastball, the quality of their secondary stuff, and so on. All of that is considered. Unfortunately, if you don't stand out in those areas, regardless of a player's stats, they will get cut. Only so many spots available, and usually if the guy is a UDFA or a low round pick that got a small bonus, they are the first to go if they are not viewed as a prospect. This is an unfortunate reality that I don't believe a lot of players and families understand....while all of these guys are playing in the minor leagues and part of the organization, only about 50 or so of the 200 minor league players are viewed as legit prospects. The rest are just to fill rosters so they can field teams. Teams will never tell guys they are just filler and will make them all feel important, but behind the scenes they already have those guys identified, which is why I mentioned in an article in the past you can usually "determine value" by how a player is handled.
April 25, 2012 - 9:34 AM EDT
How can you release a player after one summer (37innings) who posted 11.43 SO/9, 1.24 WHIP, 2.92 ERA, & 3.67 G/F? He has a low 90's fastball with the unusual ability to change speeds with ease". UDFA or not how does this not get you another look during a full season?
April 22, 2012 - 9:56 PM EDT
Last I saw of Lawson was he was in extended spring training. I have no info that has come in that he has been released or has retired, so he is still out there.
April 22, 2012 - 6:53 PM EDT
Where is Matt Lawson? I know he was in extended but did not see him on the last depth chart.
April 12, 2012 - 8:23 AM EDT
Did not see him in camp nor have I seen him on team notes that he was released. Perhaps he never truly signed (failed physical?).
JD Harmeyer
April 11, 2012 - 10:54 AM EDT
Where's willy lebron?

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