Minor League Cuts 3-23

During Spring Training, major league clubs have an overflow of players in minor league camp. The teams always have many more players than what they need to fill their affiliate squads across the board. The previous year’s draft always brings another 30-40 prospects into camp competing for a roster spot. The bad thing about an overflow is that some players will be cut. In most cases, the older players who could not advance higher than High-A Carolina (formerly Kinston) would be the victims. The Indians cut seven guys this morning from camp. I wish them the best of luck in the future.

Doug Pickens (C)

  • Drafted 50th round in 2007
  • 4 seasons across 3 levels, injuries throughout years
  • .229 AVG in 304 G

Joey Mahalic (RHP)

  • Drafted 32nd round in 2007
  • 5 seasons across 3 levels, starter moved to bullpen after 2009 injury
  • 15-21 with 4.73 ERA, 323.2 IP with 223 SO

Kirk Wetmore (LHP)

  • Drafted 11th round in 2009
  • 3 seasons across 3 levels, starter and reliever
  • 8-15 with 4.84 ERA, 171.0 IP with 138 K

Kevin Fontanez (UTIL)

  • Drafted 24th round in 2008
  • 4 seasons across 4 levels
  • .219 AVG in 141 G

Moisses Ramirez (RHP)

  • Non-drafted free agent in 2009
  • 3 seasons across 2 levels, never passing AZL Indians, reliever
  • 11-6 with 1.92 ERA, 117.0 IP with 102 K

Ramon Cespedes (RHP)

  • Non-drafted free agent in 2007
  • 4 seasons across 4 levels, reliever
  • 12-7 with 2.55 ERA, 144.2 IP with 132 K

Matt Curtis (RHP)

  • Non-drafted free agent in 2011
  • 1 season in Arizona League, reliever
  • 1-2 with 4.18 ERA, 28 IP with 20 K

I have seen Mahalic, Fontanez, Wetmore, and Cespedes in person with the Captains. Mahalic was the Opening Day starter in 2009 and was a great starter until he got injured after being promoted. He missed the rest of 2009. He seemed to struggle in Lake County and Kinston in 2011 with command and getting batters out. Fontanez played Lake County in 2011, he got about 100 at bats being the backup for the second baseman. He could not really become consistent with irregular at bats. Wetmore pitched for Lake County in 2011 and had a roller coaster season. He was never able to be consistent from start to start. Cespedes played a few games in Lake County in 2010. He was in the bullpen and did not do very much in those games. Mahalic and Wetmore usually did not receive too much help from the offense.

Sources: http://www.milb.com and http://www.baseballreference.com

Thanks for reading! Feel free to make comments! Go Indians!



About tstotsky

I am a graduate of Lake Erie College and a huge baseball fan. I am a beat writer for Indians Baseball Insider, covering the Lake County Captains, Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
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