So it has been for the St. Louis Cardinals this week as six young men were told they are no longer being employed by the organization. This latest group includes infielders Phil Cerreto, Joey Bergman, Ted Obregon and Romulo Ruiz plus relief pitchers Cory Rauschenberger and Justin Edwards.
Edwards, 24, became a Cardinal via the 28th round of the 2009 draft from Kennesaw State University. The left-hander was a starter for Batavia in both 2009 and 2010, and in the latter season was a New York-Penn League All-Star. The Georgia native spent most of last season in Quad Cities' bullpen, where his ERA was 2.94.
Obregon, who turns 22 next week, was signed as a non-drafted free agent from Venezuela in 2007. The switch-hitter came to the US the next spring and reached as far as Palm Beach, where he spent all of 2011. Obregon's career average was .211 and he committed 85 errors in 304 games.
Ruiz, 22, was a July 2nd signing in 2006 from Venezuela. He debuted in the 2007 Gulf Coast League before missing all of the next season due to injury. 2010 marked the right-handed hitter's second year at Johnson City. There, his 34 walks topped the Appalachian League. Ruiz logged 13 games with Quad Cites in 2011, but after hitting just .119, he was returned to Batavia. The right-handed hitter finishes with a career slash line of .222/.302/.353 in 210 games.
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