Braves release a few minor leaguers

With baseball's amateur draft last week, the Braves had to make a little room in their farm system. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks fills us in on a few moves to create some space in the Atlanta organization.

Every year after the major league amateur draft we see a few players released to make room for the draft picks, and the Atlanta Braves have made a few moves in the farm system.

Scott Mullen was released from the Richmond roster. He was 2-2 in 20 games in Triple-A this season with a 6.35 ERA. Mullen had allowed 20 runs and 31 hits in 28.1 innings, with 17 walks, and 18 strikeouts. Mullen, who had pitched in 75 big league games with the Royals from 2001-2003, had signed with the Braves last winter as a minor league free agent.

Right-hander Matt Lorenzo, who was on the Myrtle Beach disabled list, was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization for no considerations. Lorenzo was acquired by the Braves last summer from Texas for Kevin Gryboski. He then pitched in nine games with the Pelicans in 2005, posting a 3.72 ERA in 36.1 innings.

The Braves released right-hander Will McMichael, signed out of Australia in 2002, along with Glen Richards, another righty from down under. Richards had signed in 2001. He pitched in ten games for Danville last summer (1-0, 1.93 ERA) and four games for Myrtle Beach (18.69 ERA).

Infielder Carlos Picornell, signed last summer as a non-drafted free agent, was also released. Picornell appeared in 22 games for Danville last summer and hit .211.

When the Gulf Coast League and Danville rosters are set next week, we could see a few more players released in the organization.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can also be heard regularly on the Braves Radio Network. Email Bill at

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