Braves release Joe Leonard

Joe Leonard was one of a few players released by the Braves this past week.

The Braves released minor league third baseman Joe Leonard, along with catcher Nathan Hass, second baseman Trevor Sprowl and outfielders Juan Puello and Alejandro Piloto.

Leonard was a 3rd round pick by the Braves in the 2010 draft out of the University of Pittsburgh. In five seasons in the Braves organization, Leonard hit .251 with only 23 home runs and 212 runs batted in.

Last season for Gwinnett Leonard hit .278 in 41 games and then he hit .246 for Mississippi in 36 games.

Leonard never developed the power the Braves thought he would considering his huge frame (6-5, 220). His best season was 2012, when he hit .263 with nine home runs, 66 RBI and a .341 on base percentage.

Hass was an undrafted free agent and spent two years in the Gulf Coast League. He hit only .133 in 45 at bats in his two seasons.

Sprowl was the Braves 26th round pick last year, after being taken in the 33rd round by Atlanta the year earlier. Sprowl hit .233 in 73 at bats between Danville and Rome.

Juan Puello has played in the Atlanta organization for the last two seasons. He hit .157 in 89 at bats.

Piloto played in Danville, Rome and Lynchburg last season. He hit .227 with four home runs and 34 RBI between the three teams. His lifetime average in three seasons with the Braves organization was .239.

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