Cards Release Eleven Minor Leaguers

The St. Louis Cardinals cut loose eleven players from the Class-A and rookie levels.

As part of their annual fall housecleaning, the St. Louis Cardinals cut eleven minor leaguers from their system, all either from rookie leagues or Class A. Each is now a free-agent, free to negotiate with any organization.

The eleven are as follows. Their position, 2007 club and how they became Cardinals are noted. Their original organization is also listed.

Name Pos Roster Acquired Org
Phillip Andersen RHP Batavia 2004 - 23rd StL
Garrett Bussiere C Johnson City 2006 - 26th StL
Juan Cabrera 3B Gulf Coast League 2006 - FA StL
Edwin Conde 1B Gulf Coast League 2005 - FA StL
Jose Contreras 2B Palm Beach 2006 - Rule 5 Mtl
Tim Dorn 1B Quad Cites 2007 - FA StL
Ryan Hodinka LHP Johnson City 2006 - FA StL
Christian Lopez 2B Quad Cites 2005 - 31st StL
Robert Ransom RHP Palm Beach 2007 - FA ChC
Mike Schellinger RHP Quad Cites 2005 - FA StL
Carlos Schonenberg OF Gulf Coast League 2004 - FA StL

Next is the breakdown by position. Four are pitchers, one catcher, five infielders and one outfielder.

By position #
LHP 1
RHP 3
C 1
1B 2
2B 2
3B 1
OF 1

Finally, we see the mix by level, ranging from the Gulf Coast League Cardinals up through the high-A Palm Beach Cardinals. No more than three players came from any of the five affected rosters.

By roster #
Gulf Coast 3
Johnson City 2
Batavia 1
Quad Cities 3
Palm Beach 2

Now, let's look at each player.

Phillip Andersen (age 23). In 2007, Andersen only appeared in seven games, covering ten innings, after being activated in July with first the GCL Cardinals and then Batavia. Anderson only got in four games the season before with Quad Cities before going under the knife for Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in May, 2006.

Garrett Bussiere (22). The catcher did not play in 2007 due to post-concussion syndrome first suffered in July, 2006 while playing with Johnson City. Bussiere tried to compete in Spring Training, but the symptoms remained, so he was sent home.

Juan Cabrera (19). The native of the Dominican Republic was promoted from the Dominican Summer League Cardinals to the GCL in July despite hitting just .165 in 79 DSL at-bats. He didn't improve substantially, going .227 in 66 GSL at-bats. Just a reminder that this is the third base Cabrera, not the shortstop of the same name currently on the Cardinals Dominican Summer League roster.

Edwin Conde (20). The Nicaraguan was highly thought-of by some in the organization, having been named their Venezuelan Player of the Year in 2006. But, Conde didn't deliver on the fields here in the USA, putting up an anemic .175/.250/.293 line in 75 GCL at-bats.

Jose Contreras (22). A native of Venezuela, Contreras was taken by the Cardinals from the Washington Nationals in the Triple-A phase of the December, 2006 Rule 5 Draft. He delivered a .215/.311/.258 line with Palm Beach, posting just four extra-base hits in 93 official at-bats. This was his sixth season as a professional.

Tim Dorn (24). The 6-foot-8 first baseman's contract was purchased in June from the Southern Illinois Miners of the independent Frontier League. Dorn struggled with the bat, though did not get an extended look in game action. In 92 at-bats, he posted a .196/.324/.337 line. Dorn drew 16 walks, but fanned over 1/3 of the time, 33. He has already re-signed with the Miners for next season.

Ryan Hodinka (23). After pitching in Spring Training and Extended Spring Training, Hodinka was placed on Batavia's disabled list due to an inflamed shoulder. He was activated in early July after pitching one inning in the GCL. In 14 innings with Batavia, he yielded 13 hits and seven earned runs. Hodinka walked 11 and allowed two home runs.

Christian Lopez (20). The Puerto Rican played in Johnson City in both 2005 and 2006 before becoming a useful utilityman for the Swing. In fact, he was named a Midwest League All-Star at mid-season here in 2007. However, while Lopez hit .379 in April, he batted just .182 over the next four-plus months to finish at .219/.301/.299.

Robert Ransom (26). The age clock is ticking away for Ransom, originally taken by the Cubs in the 23rd round of the 2003 draft. He did not pitch in 2006 after his second labrum surgery and was signed by the Cardinals this February. Activated this June, Ransom posted a 4.89 ERA with Palm Beach, mostly in relief. Opposing hitters batted .320 against him.

Mike Schellinger (24). Coming back from elbow surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2006 season, Schellinger showed positive signs in his 2007 comeback. He was named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week in July after having been moved from the tandem starter rotation to the Quad Cities pen. Overall, Schellinger posted a 3.62 ERA in 33 games.

Carlos Schonenberg (21). The native of El Salvador moved from the DSL in 2005, where he hit .156, to the VSL in 2006 where he improved to .211, and finally to the GCL where he fell back down to .143 here in 2007.



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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