Indians clean out the minor league system

Over the last few weeks, the Cleveland Indians have made the normal Spring Training cuts to the minor league system. They released 20 minor league players from the organization in all with four players calling it a career. The players featured former prospects that lost their sparkle in the system while others were not as well known. I wish them the best of luck in the future and hope they can find another organization to continue playing in.

For each player, I will give a quick summary of his stats in the organization.

Raul Alcantara (RHP)

  • 7-4 with a 2.53 ERA in 40 games, 72 K:33 BB in 74.2 innings
  • 3 seasons across 1 level (Rk-DSL/AZL)

Kyle Bellows (RHP/3B)

  • Drafted in the 4th round of the 2009 draft out of San Diego State
  • .240 average in 396 games, 338 hits, 26 home runs, 183 RBI’s, 256 K:127 BB
  • 0-0 with a 7.36 ERA in 3 games, 4 K:2 BB in 3.2 innings
  • 5 seasons across 4 levels (Rk-AZL/SS/A+/AA)

Daniel Carela (RHP)

  • Signed as a minor league free agent on January 10th, 2014
  • Did not play for the Indians

Manny Carmona (RHP)

  • Signed out of the Dominican Republic in December of 2009.
  • 5-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 83 games, 135 K:83 BB in 142.1 innings
  • 4 seasons across 3 levels (Rk-DSL & AZL/SS/A-)

Chun Chen (C/1B)

  • Signed out of Taiwan in September 2007.
  • .275 average in 560 games, 549 hits, 52 home runs, 285 RBI’s, 514 K:258 BB
  • 6 seasons across 6 levels (Rk-GCL/SS/A-/A+/AA/AAA)

Geoff Davenport (RHP)

  • Drafted in the 43rd round in the 2011 draft out of Arkansas
  • 3-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 22 games, 43 K:21 BB in 74.2 innings
  • 2 seasons across 3 levels (Rk-AZL/SS/A-)

Carlos Diaz (LHP)

  • Signed out of the Dominican Republic in the Spring of 2012
  • 3-7 with a 2.81 ERA in 23 games, 64 K:35 BB in 64 innings
  • 2 seasons on 1 level (Rk-DSL/AZL)

Robel Garcia (INF)

  • Signed out of the Dominican Republic in the Spring of 2010
  • .219 average in 274 games, 207 hits, 15 home runs, 109 RBI’s with 272 K:134 BB
  • 4 seasons across 3 levels (Rk-AZL/SS/A-)

Harold Guerrero (LHP)

  • Signed out of the Dominican Republic in January of 2008
  • 7-20 with a 4.97 ERA in 86 games, 203 K:112 BB in 199 innings
  • 6 seasons across 3 levels (Rk-DSL & AZL/SS/A-)

Zach MacPhee (INF)

  • Drafted in the 13th round of the 2011 draft out of Arizona State
  • .216 average in 179 games, 122 hits, 49 RBI’s, 113 K:86 BB
  • 3 seasons across 3 levels (SS/A-/A+)

Paddy Matera (INF)

  • Signed as a minor-league free agent on June 3rd, 2013
  • .282 average in 73 games, 68 hits, 4 home runs, 35 RBI’s and 54 K:39 BB
  • 1 season at 1 level (A+) in Indians organization

Mitch Nilsson (C)

  • Signed out of Australia in February of 2008
  • .278 average in 41 games, 37 hits, 13 RBI’s, 41 K:12 BB
  • 2 seasons across 2 levels (Rk-AZL/SS)

Cody Penny (RHP)

  • Drafted in the 16th round of the 2012 Draft from North Carolina
  • 5-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 45 games, 62 K:25 BB in 76.1 innings
  • 2 seasons across 3 levels (SS/A-/A+)

JD Reichenbach (LHP)

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent in June of 2010 out of Elon University
  • 18-18 with a 4.18 ERA in 138 games, 193 K:110 BB in 273.1 innings
  • 4 seasons across 5 levels (SS/A-/A+/AA/AAA)

Bryce Stowell (RHP)

  • Drafted in the 22nd round of the 2008 Draft out of the University of California (Irvine)
  • 14-10 with a 3.13 ERA in 149 games, 342 K:124 BB in 250.1 innings
  • 5 seasons across 5 levels (SS/A-/A+/AA/AAA)

Omar Sanchez (OF)

  • Signed out of Venezuela in July of 2011
  • .179 average in 88 games, 46 hits, 18 RBI’s, 75 K:33 BB
  • 2 seasons across 1 level (Rk-DSL)

Felix Sterling (RHP)

  • Signed out of the Dominican Republic in November of 2009
  • 16-21 with a 4.75 ERA in 95 games, 276 K:129 BB in 286.1 IP
  • 4 seasons across 2 levels (Rk-AZL/A-)

Jack Wagoner (RHP)

  • Drafted in the 33rd round of the 2011 Draft out of Florida Gulf Coast University
  • 8-10 with a 4.56 ERA in 72 games, 98 K:56 BB in 96.2 innings
  • 3 seasons across 2 levels (SS/A-)

Thomas White (RHP)

  • Drafted in the 24th round of the 2012 Draft out of South Georgia College
  • 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA in 7 games, 15 K:5 BB in 13.1 innings
  • 1 season at 1 level (Rk-AZL)

Robert Whitenack (RHP)

  • Claimed off waivers from the Cubs on April 3rd, 2013
  • 4-9 with a 5.96 ERA in 19 games, 48 K:43 BB in 83 innings
  • 1 season across 3 levels (SS/A-/A+)

The following players retired from baseball and the Indians organization:

Cole Cook (RHP)

  • Drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 Draft out of Pepperdine
  • 12-21 with a 4.82 ERA in 104 games, 213 K:107 BB in 289.1 innings
  • 4 seasons across 5 levels (SS/A-/A+/AA/AAA)

Dillon Howard (RHP)

  • Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 Draft from Searcy HS
  • 1-7 with a 7.90 ERA in 12 games, 35 K:18 BB in 41 innings
  • 1 season on 1 level (Rk-AZL)

Luis Morel (RHP)

  • Signed out of the Dominican Republic in February of 2010
  • 9-16 with a 4.69 ERA in 59 games, 207 K:111 BB in 213 innings
  • 4 seasons across 3 levels (Rk-DSL & AZL/SS/A-)

Jake Sisco (RHP)

  • Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 Draft out of Merced College
  • 9-21 with a 4.98 ERA in 51 games, 147 K:95 BB in 222.1 innings
  • 3 seasons across 3 levels (Rk-AZL/SS/A-)

I wish the best of luck to these men in their future endeavors.

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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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