Dodgers Release 16 Minor League Players

The Los Angeles Dodgers have released 16 minor league players, including five outfielders, four pitchers. three first basemen, a pair of catchers and a first baseman.

Outfielders released were Bryan Goltz, Daylan Holt, Emilio Marcos, Carlos Pena and Chris Testa, who also doubled on the mound. Third basemen included David Bagley, Luis Castillo and Rod Van Buizen. Pitchers released were Julian De La Cruz, Javier Garcia, Jose Rojas and Brian Steffek. Catchers Mike Lynch and Bryan Purkey were released along with first baseman Jesse Hoorelbeke.

Bagley, seventh round pick in 2002 out of the University of Sand Diego, played for Great Falls and South Georgia, then hit .270 for Columbus and .212 for Vero Beach. Steffek was the 27th round selection in 2000 and wracked up 10 saves with an 0.99 ERA for Vero Beach while making the Florida State League All-Star team but was 4-7, 4.87 for Jacksonville in 2004.

Goltz was the 36th round choice in 2002 and after playing at Great Falls and South Georgia hit .261 for Vero Beach in 2004. Lynch was selected in the 46th round in 200 and played in the Gulf Coast League, at Ogden and then hit .234 at Ogden in 2004.

Hoorelbeke, a free agent acquisition in 2002, hit 22 home runs at Vero Beach last season and had 17 homers while splitting time between Vero and Jacksonville in 2004.

Rojas was 10-3 with a 2.12 earned run average at Vero Beach in 2001 but injuries limited his time on the field and he was 0-1, 4.65 with Jacksonville this season.

Van Buizen, who hit .326 with Vero in 2003, played in only 47 games last year, hitting .162 with the VB Dodgers.

Two Rule V pickups, Daylan Holt from the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and Chris Testa from Colorado in 2002 were released. Holt hit .213 with Jacksonville last season and Testa, splitting time between the field and the pitcher's mound, was a .215 hitter at Vero Beach and recorded a 1-2 record with Columbus.

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