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North Siders trim minor league ranks, 11 pitchers cut

Cubs have released 13 minor leaguers including 2012 fourth-round pick Josh Conway

According to Baseball America, the Cubs have released several minor leaguers including 2012 fourth round pick Josh Conway. Other released include pitchers Jordan Brink, Cole Brocker, @Randy McCurry, Zach Rafferty, Alex Santana, Nick Sarianides, Ho-young Son, Colton Freeman, Tanner Griggs and Kyle Twomey. Catcher Samuel Tidaback and first baseman Juan Paniagua were also released.

Josh Conway—Drafted out of Costal Carolina, Conway had Tommy John surgery and didn’t start his pro career until the 2014 season. The right-hander skipped Low A and made 34 relief appearances in 34 games for Myrtle Beach in 2015, going 2-2 with a 2.92 ERA with 49 K. He started 2016 in Tennessee but went on the DL in early June and rehabbed in Mesa and Eugene. In 78 minor league games, Conway threw 122 innings and sported a 3.17 ERA.

Alex Santana—The Dominican Republic native spent six years in the Cubs organization but never got any higher than Low A, appearing in 13 games for South Bend in 2015. The left-hander spent last year making 18 relief appearances in Eugene (3-1, 7.57 ERA, 27.1 IP, 28 H, 25 BB, 22 K). Making 33 starts and appearing in 82 games during his career, Santana threw 243.2 innings and went 13-12 with a 3.58 ERA.

Jose Paniagua—Signed by the Cubs out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, Paniagua spent three years in the DSL before making his stateside debut in 2015 for Mesa. He played six games in South Bend last year before finishing the year in Eugene. In 287 games, Paniagua hit .236/.306/.361 with 15 homers.

Jordan Brink—The Cubs 11th round pick in 2014, Brink spent his three years in the Cubs organization between the Arizona Rookie League and the Northwest League. The California native struggled to stay healthy, only logging 29.2 innings in 19 minor league games over three seasons.

Ho-Young Son—Signed out of South Korea as part of the 2014 IFA class, the 22-year-old started his pro career as an infielder, hitting .238/.310/.287 in 65 games between Mesa and Eugene. In 2016, Son made the switch to the mound, appearing in four games in the Arizona Rookie League (1-1, 8.10 ERA, 3.1 IP).

Kyle Twomey—The Cubs 13th round pick in 2015 out of USC, the left-hander made 10 starts in South Bend last year and finished the season with a strong performance out of the bullpen. In 73.1 innings, Twomey fanned 75 and sported a 1.30 WHIP while going 2-3 with a 3.44 ERA. Twomey teamed with Preston Morrison, Luis Hernandez and Trey Masek to toss a no-hitter for Eugene in 2015.

Tanner Griggs—A 12th round pick in 2014 out of Angelina College, the right-hander spent his first two years between Mesa and Eugene and missed the start of the 2016 season with a 50-game drug suspension for amphetamines. Griggs appeared in 14 games at South Bend in 2016, sporting a 2.67 ERA over 30.1 innings.

Colton Freeman—The Cubs 20th round pick out of Alabama last June, the left-hander made his pro debut in the Arizona Rookie League and only appeared in four games, 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.

Sam Tidaback—The Cubs 21st round pick last June out of North Georgia, the Chicago native made his pro debut in the Arizona Rookie League and also saw time in Eugene and South Bend, hitting .219/.268/.370 in 20 games between the there levels.

Nick Sarianides—The right-hander appeared in 22 games last season in Tennessee after the Cubs signed the free agent after being released by the Diamondbacks. He fanned 28 in 25 innings and went 3-3 with a 3.60 ERA in his only season with the Cubs organization. 

Cole Brocker—Signed as a minor league free agent before the 2016 season, the right-hander never pitched for the Cubs. He rehabbed an arm injury last year and then re-signed a minor league deal with Chicago after the season.

Randy McCurry—Signed to minor league free agent deal before spring training, McCurry was a former infielder and draft pick of Arizona back in 2013 and made the switch to the mound in the Independent League.

Zach Rafferty—The Cubs signed the right-hander before spring training after he was working out at a facility in Massachusetts. He played his college ball at Division III Anna Marie College and pitched one game in the Canadian-American Association Independent League back in 2012.

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