Braves release several minor leaguers

The Braves thinned out their farm system with several releases.

Baseball America reported this week the Braves have released several players from the minor league system. Among those were released were six pitchers selected between rounds 12-20 of the 2013 draft.

Here is a brief rundown of the now former Braves prospects.

Ryan Gunther struggled in his 13 games last season between the GCL and Danville Braves. The 24-year-old right-hander was Atlanta’s 12th round pick in the 2013 draft. He had a 4.44 ERA in his 30 relief appearances over a two-year stretch as a Brave.

Michael Swanner was Atlanta’s 16th round pick in the 2013 draft. After pitching well in Danville in his first pro season (1.99 ERA in 16 games), Swanner struggled last season in Rome. He had a 4.36 ERA in 36 relief appearances.

Jared Dettmann is a left-handed pitcher drafted in the 17th round of the 2013 draft. He made five starts in 2014 for Rome and had a 6.95 ERA. He made 17 relief appearances for the GCL Braves and had a 4.10 ERA. He leaves the organization after 34 games (13 starts) in two years with a 3.76 earned run average.

Chuck Buchanan was Atlanta’s 18th round pick in the 2013 draft. A tall left-hander, Buchanan made seven starts last season for Rome and had a 3.23 ERA. Buchanan could not stay healthy in his two years in the system, pitching in just nine games overall.

Jordan Sechler was Atlanta’s 19th round pick in the 2013 draft. He’s a left-hander who had decent stats in his two seasons. Sechler had a 2.73 ERA in 16 relief appearances in Danville in 2013 and then in the GCL last season Sechler had a 3.26 ERA in 15 relief outings.

Tyler Vail split last season between Danville and Rome and had a 4.31 ERA in 30 games. He did well in Danville (1.42 ERA in 12 games) but struggled in Rome (1.42 ERA). Vail was Atlanta’s 20th round pick in the 2013 draft out of Temple College in Texas.

Cody Fassold is a 26-year-old right-hander who was acquired by the Braves from the Royals’ organization for cash last season. He made 12 relief appearances in Lynchburg (1.46 ERA) and struggled more in Mississippi (6.00 ERA) in six appearances.

Colby Holmes was originally drafted by the Braves in the 47th round of the 2009 draft. He did not sign, but the Braves did bring him in during the 2013 season. Last year he made 30 relief appearances between Danville, Rome and Lynchburg and had an ERA of 4.83.

Zach Jadofsky pitched in 27 games last season for Lynchburg and struggled with a 5.51 ERA. He had pitched well in Rome (2.70 ERA) in nine games. In 2013, for Rome and Lynchburg, Jadofsky had a 3.97 ERA in 43 games. Jadofsky was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2011.

Navery Moore was Atlanta’s 14th round pick in 2011 out of Vanderbilt. He struggled with injuries in pro ball and had a 4.96 ERA in 73 games (30 starts). Moore pitched in 25 games last season for Lynchburg and had a 5.20 ERA. He started 17 games in Lynchburg in 2013 and had a 6.16 ERA.

Benny Pruneda spent eight years in Atlanta’s system, but he missed two full seasons with injury. Last year Pruneda returned and pitched in 31 games for Lynchburg but had a 5.82 ERA. Pruneda was originally drafted by the Braves in the 31st round of the 2007 draft.

Cody Scarpetta pitched last season in Lynchburg and had a 4.50 ERA in 12 games (11 starts). The Brewers released Scarpetta last December and the Braves signed him out of an independent league last spring. Scarpetta and Pruneda combined for a no-hitter for Lynchburg in June.

Daniel Watts was signed by the Braves last season and made 13 starts in Lynchburg. Watts had a 4.59 ERA and allowed 74 hits in 66.2 innings. Watts also made five starts for Rome and had a 3.16 ERA. Watts was originally in Arizona’s farm system.

Erik Castro was signed by the Braves in August out of the American Association in independent baseball. Casrto, a former Astros prospect, played in only 12 games for Mississippi and hit .229. Two years ago Castro was a top prospect after hitting 27 home runs in High-A.

David Nick played in 73 games for Lynchburg last season and hit .294 with six home runs with 35 RBI. Nick was signed as a minor league free agent a year ago after spending his first five seasons in the Diamondbacks organization.

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