Minor League Cuts 3-23-13

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 would be the victims. The Indians cut nine guys this morning from camp. I wish them the best of luck in the future.

Marcus Bradley (OF)

  • Drafted in the 49th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
  • 3 seasons across 4 levels (Rk, SS, A-, A+)
  • .224 average in 58 games
  • Since signing with the organization, Bradley has been bit by the injury bug, only playing in 58 games in 3 seasons. He is more of a contact hitter with above average speed and above average defensive ability. While in Lake County last season, he struggled in backup outfielder role. He only appeared in 11 games after joining the team late after an injury.

Mark Brown (OF)

  • Drafted in the 19th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
  • 3 seasons on 1 level (Rk)
  • .196 average in 73 games
  • Brown has not advanced past the short-season level in three seasons in the organization. He was unable to pull himself away from other players. He struggled with his technique but made up with speed in the outfield. Brown was ranked as the 97th top prospect by Tony Lastoria going into the 2012 season but fell out of the top 100 prior to this season.

Tyler Cannon (UTIL)

  • Drafted in the 12th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
  • 3 seasons across 4 levels (A-, A, A+, AA)
  • .260 average in 256 games
  • Cannon was the organization’s journey man over the last few years. He played for low A, high A and double A in 2011. He started 2011 on a tear with Lake County but cooled down throughout the year. Cannon is able to play any position on the field and is above average defensively. Cannon was ranked #71 in Tony Lastoria’s rankings in 2012 but fell out of the top 100 before this season.

Estevenson Encarnacion (RHP)

  • Signed out of the Dominican Republic in July 2010. 
  • 2 seasons across 2 levels (DSL, Rk)
  • 11-4 with a 3.69 ERA, 78 IP with 75 SO
  • Encarnacion is a power arm with a fastball at 97-98 MPH. He was unable to be a top prospect because he is only able to throw two pitches, a fastball and slider. He lacked command throughout his career.

Luis Encarnacion (RHP)

  • Signed out of the Dominican Republic in November 2009.
  • 3 seasons across 3 levels (Rk, A, A-)
  • 2-9 with a 4.99 ERA, 115.1 IP with 132 SO
  • Encarnacion has a nice three pitch mix but lacked command of his pitches. He played in Lake County in 2011 but he struggled with his command while coming out of the bullpen. He was better in Mahoning Valley in 2012 but it seems like the Indians did not see the progress in his command/delivery.

Evan Frazar (UTIL)

  • Drafted in the 27th round of the 2011 amateur draft.
  • 2 seasons on 1 level (A-)
  • .270 average in 58 games
  • Frazar is a tough player with average running and defensive ability. He is a “dirtbag” player as he can play hard in any infield position. With good hitting ability, he had some upside in the organization.

Daniel Jimenez (LHP)

  • Drafted in the 23rd round of the 2009 amateur draft.
  • 4 seasons across 3 levels (Rk, A-, A)
  • 13-11 with a 3.47 ERA, 212.2 IP with 155 SO
  • Jimenez has average pitches and needs some adjustments to his delivery. He broke his finger in Spring Training last year and joined the Captains midway through the year. Jimenez showed some great stuff in the games as a starter and in the bullpen. Jimenez was ranked as the #80th prospect by Tony Lastoria prior to 2012.

Hunter Jones (OF)

  • Drafted in the 11th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
  • 3 seasons across 2 levels (Rk, A-)
  • .231 average in 86 games
  • Jones has some tools that would have played him in the organization. He has above average speed and good bat speed. He was able to get a feel for pro ball last year in Mahoning Valley but the organization may have seen other players to have more upside than Jones. He was ranked at #77 by Tony Lastoria before the 2012 season.

Kyle Petter (LHP)

  • Drafted in the 34rd round of the 2010 amateur draft.
  • 3 seasons across 5 levels (Rk, A-, A, AA, A+)
  • 7-7 with a 3.05 ERA, 129.2 IP with 153 SO
  • Petter has average pitches despite being a soft-tossing left-hander. His command lacks at some times and he needs to be in top shape to be a big prospect. Petter struggled at times in Lake County, therefore he would not translate at a higher level. Petter was ranked at #74 by Tony Lastoria.

I want to wish the best of luck to these men. It is tough to see some of these men go after watching them in Lake County. Let’s hope other teams pick these men up. Feel free to leave comments below!

Stats are courtesy of baseballreference.com and the rankings are from Tony Lastoria’s 2012 Indians Prospect Book.

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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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