List of minor leaguers released
Clayton McMillan - The lefty reliever pitched in 35 games at Rome last season and posted a 3.32 ERA. McMillan was a non-drafted free agent signed by the Braves in 2007 out of Panola Junior College in Texas.
Derrick Himpsl - A tall left-hander who had trouble throwing strikes, Himpsl had a great fastball but just could not control it. He appeared in 14 games for Danville last season and had 22 walks and 35 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. He was a 50th round pick in the 2005 draft and signed as a draft-and-follow pick the next year.
Eric Barrett - Three years ago Barrett showed great promise with a good season in Danville. But he fell off the track and in the last two seasons his ERA was 5.97 in 116 innings.
Cody Railsback - Another non-drafted free agent, Railsback signed three years ago and pitched with Danville and Rome last season. He had a career ERA of 4.69 in 40 games.
Kevin Gunderson - Perhaps the biggest surprise was the release of the former lefty star reliever for Oregon State. Gunderson had a 2.55 ERA in 42 games for the Mississippi Braves last season. His career ERA in the system was 2.55 in 158 games. Gunderson was a fifth round pick in the 2006 draft.
Rudy Darrow - Acquired from the Tigers for Josh Anderson last March, Darrow had a 6.60 ERA between Mississippi, Myrtle Beach, and the GCL last season.
Patrick Currin - Signed as a minor league free agent during last season, Currin pitched in 20 games for the Pelicans in Myrtle Beach and had a 3.28 ERA.
Mike Mehlich - An 11th round pick in the 2006 draft, the right-handed reliever pitched in 33 games last season between Myrtle Beach and Rome and had an ERA of 6.83.
J.R. House - The Braves signed House right before spring training, but with Freddie Freeman going to Gwinnett, there was really no room. House can still catch and play first and third.
Greg Creek - He won the 2009 Bill Lucas Award, an honor given by the Braves organization to the minor league player that best represents the Braves both on and off the field. But his .234 batting average last year in Mississippi and the veteran infielders brought in made Creek expendable. He had been a non-drafted free agent signed back in 2005.
Antoan Richardson - Free agent signed in January, the speedy Richardson played in an independent league the last two seasons. He was originally in the Giants' organization.
Stephen Shults - Last year Shults had a .228 batting average in Rome. Shults moved around a lot and could never really find one set position.
Michael Fisher - Drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 draft from Georgia Tech, Fisher has been a starting infielder in the system for the past two seasons. But a .246 batting average in those last two years hurt Fisher's chances of hanging around for another season.
C.J. Lee - A 20th round pick in the 2007 draft, Lee had a .239 career batting average, and a .239 average last year in Myrtle Beach, became a factor in his release. Lee played at East Tennessee State University.
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