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Indians release nine players from minor league camp

Cannon, Jimenez among the first cuts from minor league camp

Indians release nine players from minor league camp
Hunter Jones (Photo: Lianna Holub)
March 23, 2013
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The Cleveland Indians released minor leaguers OF Mark Bradley, OF Mark Brown, UTIL Tyler Cannon, RHP Estevenson Encarnacion, RHP Luis Encarnacion, UTIL Evan Frazar, LHP Daniel Jimenez, OF Hunter Jones, and LHP Kyle Petter today in the first cuts from minor league camp.

None of the releases came as a surprise, as none of the players cracked IBI's Top 100 prospects heading into the 2013 season. Additionally, none of the players were picked in the top 10 rounds of the draft. Despite prospect standing, however, it is hard to see the end of the road for these players in the Cleveland organization.

This is just one of the sad realities of minor league baseball. Everyone involved knows that plenty of players are not going to make it to the majors, but it is on days like today when that cold reality truly hits.

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User Comments

April 1, 2013 - 2:29 PM EDT
Several minor injuries in camp this year preventing close to 7-8 guys from opening the season with a team. So I would expect once the season gets rolling, there to be another half dozen or so releases in the first several weeks once priority guys get healthy, etc.
April 1, 2013 - 2:27 PM EDT
How come so few cuts this year?
March 24, 2013 - 12:34 AM EDT
Tough day, and tough to see it first hand. One of the players released just had his wife come in to spend the next four days with him in camp, and now she has to console him and their trip cut short. Such is the life. More cuts will come in the next few days, and then over the course of the season where 30-40 players in all are released this season. For every 25-26 draft picks signed and 10-15 international players signed, spots have to be created by releasing 30-50 players.
Common Ā¢ents
March 23, 2013 - 5:35 PM EDT
I had a friend in high school that was a very good athlete (QB and LHP) and a very good student. He was a 10th round pick as a teenager and signed a pro contract. While he was spending his days and nights working on his release point, his friends from high school were devoting their time to accounting, engineering, geology, etc. in college. By the time he was released, all of us had finished college and went on to jobs with banks, graduate school, etc. and he was just beginning his sophomore year in college (he took some classes during the offseason). The team he signed with paid for his college, but it was real tough on him as he'd fallen behind his peers by 3-4 years, which is a lot for a young guy.

Our society glamorizes accomplishments in sports, but it's not what it appears. Minor league ball isn't that good of a way to spend your developmental years unless you're really a legit talent that's able to get $300k+ signing bonus. It can seriously sidetrack or derail a promising professional career.
Common Cents
March 23, 2013 - 5:18 PM EDT
Most minor leaguers never make the majors nor make much of a living playing baseball. It's better to get away from this trap and move on with your professional life as early as possible.

I feel more sorry for the guys that stick in AA until they are 28 before they realize they'll never make MLB. It's hard getting a job in the private sector when all you've done for the last 10 years is play a game.

It'll be tough emotionally for a couple of days for these guys getting released, but it's seriously better for them to move on with their lives.
March 23, 2013 - 3:01 PM EDT
It IS a sad day for these nine, but also hopefully a new beginning for them and the end of the torment of being on the cusp. They have made it a lot further playing the game then the rest of us, they have much to be proud of. Hopefully they can get jobs coaching and passing the joy of baseball on to the new generation of kids. We need an army out there to teach these kids life beyond Facebook. I don't know them personally but have followed their baseball fortunes thru IPI, I appreciate everything they brought to the field every day. Best of Luck and God Bless each and every one.

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