To that end, the organization has released 19 players. The group includes 11 pitchers, two catchers, four infielders and two outfielders.
In 2012, they finished at a range of levels - from seven of the eight US affiliates. 12 of the group had not been able to stick above short-season ball. Many are from the 2011 and 2010 drafts, six and five, respectively. None were taken in the top 12 rounds with one exception.
Reliever Jess Todd was originally selected by the Cardinals in the second round in 2007 and was the system's 2008 Pitcher of the Year, but was later traded to Cleveland in the Mark DeRosa deal. He moved to the Yankees and was claimed off waivers, returning to the Cardinals in May 2011. Todd remained in the Memphis bullpen since. He is the only one of the group to have appeared in the major leagues.
The other Memphis Redbird released was catcher Nick Derba, a strong glove man but unable to hit consistently above the Mendoza Line. Others struggled with injury, such as lefties Ryan Copeland and Matt Rein and infielder Packy Elkins.
|Player||Age||2012 team||Pos||Draft yr||Round||BA/ERA|
|Ryan Copeland||24||Palm Beach||LHS||2010||32nd||10.12|
|Packy Elkins||24||Palm Beach||SS||2010||37th||0.273|
|Jeremy Patton||24||Palm Beach||3B||2011||38th||0.205|
|Roberto Reyes||23||Palm Beach||OF||2007||NDFA||0.213|
|Cole Brand||20||Johnson City||RHR||2010||42nd||2.97|
|Roberto Canache||22||Johnson City||RHR||2010||NDFA||0.63|
|Nick Gillung||23||Johnson City||LHS||2011||19th||3.89|
|Michael Knox||23||Johnson City||1B||2011||41st||0.161|
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