As the end of extended spring training camp is upon us and players are being assigned to their short-season clubs, the St. Louis Cardinals are also preparing for the arrival of a number of their new draftees to join them.
Unfortunately, caught in the numbers game are a group of players deemed not competitive enough to make the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League, the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League or the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.
The Cardinals recently released
eight players, as reported by Baseball
Five came from the Cardinals overseas academies while three were late-round draftees from last year's class.
Jose Calero, a
20-year-old Venezuelan, had been in
the organization almost four years, having first signed as non-drafted free agent on
July 2, 2006. The right-hander had two years of play in the
Luis Orozco, 19, hails
Pinard, 21 years of age,
posted a 6-3
record with a 3.65 ERA in 15 games, including seven starts, for the 2009 DSL Cardinals. He did not appear in any US-based league action and was originally
signed as a non-drafted free agent from the
Michael Thompson, 23, joined the Gulf Coast League Cardinals after being selected in the 47th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. The opposition touched him for a .360 average and a 7.25 ERA. Thompson fanned 44 and walked 10 in his 36-inning professional debut with Johnson City.
John Durham, a 22-year-old left-hander, became a
Cardinal after being taken
38th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. In his pro debut with
Kyle Heim, 22, was selected in the 44th round of the
2009 First-Year Player Draft and like his fellow lefty
Perez, a 21-year old Venezuelan, was
hoped to become a power prospect, but did not develop enough to reach the
Mambell, 20, also hails from
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