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Indians release eight minor league pitchers

Indians release eight minor league pitchers
Bryce Stowell photo courtesy of IBI
March 19, 2014
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The Indians have announced the following player releases in minor league camp:

Kyle Bellows, RHP
Manuel Carmona, RHP
Carlos Diaz, RHP
Harold Guerrero, LHP
Bryce Stowell, RHP
Jack Wagoner, RHP
Thomas White, RHP
Rob Whitenack, RHP

Bellows had been attempting a conversion from third base to the mound, a process he started late last season. Whitenack was a waiver claim the Indians picked up last spring who never panned out. Probably the one player who sticks out to most is the release of Stowell as he always had a lot of hype because of his stuff, but he struggled with injuries, consistency, and with his command, and the writing was on the wall after having been stuck at the Double-A level for three straight seasons.

I had a chance to get to know several of these players over their career and wish them nothing but the best going forward.

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User Comments

March 31, 2014 - 10:48 AM EDT
Penny was released last week.
Doug Stimson
March 31, 2014 - 10:46 AM EDT
Has Cody Penny with Lake County last year been released or reassigned?
March 23, 2014 - 9:33 AM EDT
Carrasco is out of options and is 27 years old, so he'll be pitching in Cleveland this year. It's make-or-break time for him. If he sucks again this year he'll have to be released as they can't send him back to the minors and they can't keep a guy on the 25-man who can't perform at the major league level.
C. L. Who
March 20, 2014 - 10:24 PM EDT
Seems like not long ago Stowell was spoken of highly. Oh well.....

NO brain dead heavers in Tribetown......yes, I believe that will fit on a bumper sticker.
March 19, 2014 - 6:57 PM EDT
While the front office is purging the pitching ranks, I believe it's finally time to say bye bye to Hagadone and Carrasco. They're poison- dead to the Indians anyway. My hope would be Antonetti could move the two of them for a legit position player- an under the radar centerfielder would be nice. Look he got Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles for Esmil Rogers- another guy that throws 95+ and is an undependable loser. I am going to get a bumper sticker that says NO brain dead heavers in Tribetown. Meanwhile I can't get this image of melted cheese out of my head. Maybe I'll go fix myself a sandwich.
March 19, 2014 - 3:36 PM EDT
Not sure exactly what is going to happen with Sturdevant and Soto. Not only are they coming off injury, but there are some big league guys coming down which will have an effect on things. I think Sturdevant likely opens at Akron....but Soto is 50-50 to me to be in Akron or Columbus. Really depends on his health and the composition of the rest of the staff there.
March 19, 2014 - 3:33 PM EDT
With the release of Stowell, do you see the Indians moving Soto and Strudavant back to Akron since both are coming off injuries last year.

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