Minor League Cuts Before the Season

As I mentioned in the last post regarding the first round of cuts, baseball organizations have tough decisions to make for its future. When Spring Training begins, clubs have 30-40 more prospects in camp to compete for a spot on a team. Organizations will have to make the painful decision to some players just turning 20 or 21, because there is not enough room for everyone. The Indians cut 11 guys from camp this week and there will be more cuts prior to the end of camp on Sunday afternoon. Good luck to the men released.

Nate Striz (RHP)

  • Drafted in 22nd round in 2010
  • 2 seasons across 2 levels
  • 4-7 with a 4.70 ERA, 84.1 IP with 76 SO

Tony Dischler (RHP)

  • Drafted in 23rd round in 2010
  • 2 seasons across 2 levels, starter turned reliever/spot starter,
  • 1-3 with a 5.94 ERA, 50 IP with 36 SO

Henry Dunn (OF)

  • Drafted in 50th round in 2010
  • 2 seasons across 3 levels
  • .193 in 73 G

Chin-Lung Hu (SS/2B)

  • Non drafted free agent in 2003
  • 5 seasons on 2 teams in Majors, 9 seasons across 5 levels in Minors
  • .176 in 118 G in Majors, .296 in 780 G in Minors

Nick Sarianides (RHP)

  • Drafted in 28th round in 2009
  • 3 seasons across 3 levels, reliever
  • 16-10 with a 3.90 ERA, 182.1 IP with 137 SO

Chase Burnette (1B)

  • Drafted in the 18th round in 2010
  • 2 seasons across 3 levels
  • .240 in 18 G

Drew Rucinski (RHP)

  • Non drafted free agent in 2011
  • 1 season across 3 levels plus time in independent Frontier League, starter and reliever
  • 4-1 with a 4.38 ERA, 39 IP with 47 SO

Moises Montero (C)

  • Drafted in the 26th round in 2008
  • 4 seasons across 3 levels
  • .186 in 108 G

Josh McKeon (RHP)

  • Non drafted free agent in 2011
  • 1 season across 2 levels, reliever
  • 1-0 with a 1.36 ERA, 33 IP with 37 SO

Brian Heere (OF)

  • Drafted in the 41st round in 2010
  • 2 seasons across 2 levels
  • .249 in 153 G

Will Krasne (RHP)

  • Non drafted free agent in 2011
  • 1 season across 1 level
  • 3-5 with a 4.01 ERA, 33.2 IP with 22 SO

Out of the 11 guys released this past week, 8 of them were players for the Lake County Captains at one point. Nate Striz started the 2011 season with the Captains. He seemed to struggle at most times. He was demoted to Mahoning Valley and did better. Tony Dischler played a few games with Lake County in 2011 before he suffered an injury to his arm. Dischler struggled badly during his 6 innings in Lake County. Henry Dunn was a young kid who had a bright upside, he joined the Captains late and shared left field with Brian Heere. He had a lot of speed but could not hit the ball in his few chances to bat. Drew Rucinski had a cup of coffee in Lake County at the end of 2011. He performed extremely well in his 2 appearances last year. He looked like he had a future with the organization over time. Chase Burnette was a part of the Captains in 2010 for the championship run, he came back to Lake County when star Jesus Aguilar was promoted. Burnette could not get a rhythm when he returned to LC. Nick Sarianides was one of the best relievers in the last few years. He was a MWL all-star in 2010 and always performed well in the league, he was promoted to Kinston at the end of the year last year. Moises Montero struggled with his backup duties behind Alex Monsalve at catcher. He couldn’t keep a rhythm at the plate. Brian Heere was a player with an upside as well, but it seems like he fell victim to loaded system of outfield prospects. Brian was a great fielder and had good stats at the plate.

I wish the best of luck to all these men and hope they are able to get another chance to live their dream. Thanks for reading and if you have any comments, please feel free to share them. Opening Day is less than a week away! Tomorrow I will have a blog about the Lake Erie vs Hillsdale baseball games that I will be announcing. Until then, have a great night!



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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