Cardinals release 19 minor leaguers

The St. Louis Cardinals organization has pruned 19 players from the ranks, including a former second rounder.

At the other end of the spectrum of the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system from the players currently participating in the instructional league in Florida or the Arizona Fall League are those no longer deemed competitive.

To that end, the organization has released 19 players. The group includes 11 pitchers, two catchers, four infielders and two outfielders.

In 2012, they finished at a range of levels - from seven of the eight US affiliates. 12 of the group had not been able to stick above short-season ball. Many are from the 2011 and 2010 drafts, six and five, respectively. None were taken in the top 12 rounds with one exception.

Reliever Jess Todd was originally selected by the Cardinals in the second round in 2007 and was the system's 2008 Pitcher of the Year, but was later traded to Cleveland in the Mark DeRosa deal. He moved to the Yankees and was claimed off waivers, returning to the Cardinals in May 2011. Todd remained in the Memphis bullpen since. He is the only one of the group to have appeared in the major leagues.

The other Memphis Redbird released was catcher Nick Derba, a strong glove man but unable to hit consistently above the Mendoza Line. Others struggled with injury, such as lefties Ryan Copeland and Matt Rein and infielder Packy Elkins.

Relatively early 2011 draftees released include catcher Kolby Byrd (13th round), outfielder Corderious Dodd (17th) and left-hander Nick Gillung (19th).

Player Age 2012 team Pos Draft yr Round BA/ERA
Nick Derba 27 Memphis C 2007 30th 0.167
Jess Todd 26 Memphis RHR 2007 2nd 4.34
Chase Reid 24 Springfield RHR 2010 41st 5.04
Ryan Copeland 24 Palm Beach LHS 2010 32nd 10.12
Packy Elkins 24 Palm Beach SS 2010 37th 0.273
Jeremy Patton 24 Palm Beach 3B 2011 38th 0.205
Roberto Reyes 23 Palm Beach OF 2007 NDFA 0.213
Kolby Byrd 22 Batavia C 2011 13th 0.222
Kevin Jacob 23 Batavia RHR 2011 31st 4.50
Dyllon Nuernberg 21 Batavia RHR 2010 23rd 4.23
Jose Pasen 22 Batavia RHR 2007 NDFA 6.75
Matt Rein 24 Batavia LHR 2011 NDFA DNP
Garrett Wittels 22 Batavia UT 2011 NDFA 0.243
Cole Brand 20 Johnson City RHR 2010 42nd 2.97
Roberto Canache 22 Johnson City RHR 2010 NDFA 0.63
Nick Gillung 23 Johnson City LHS 2011 19th 3.89
Michael Knox 23 Johnson City 1B 2011 41st 0.161
Corderious Dodd 20 GCL OF 2010 17th 0.190
Ramon Ulacio 21 GCL RHR 2009 NDFA 6.81

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