Catcher Eric Langill, who is making a career out of being a backup, was brought back by signing a 2006 contract. Langill, a native of Canada, spent most of last season at Jacksonville , playing behind fellow Canadian Russell Martin while batting .266.
Most notable among the players released was lefthander Glenn Bott, who came to the system in spring 2004 as part of the trade that sent Jolbert Cabrera to the Mariners. He was in the Jacksonville rotation that season but this year was dropped back to Vero Beach where he was only 0-2, 5.08.
Third baseman Mayke Cabrera, who was signed out of a March tryout camp and who went on to hit .274 for Vero Beach was also among those released . Also let go was lefthander Marshall Looney, who had a promising beginning in 2002 when he was 2-0, 0.42 for the Gulf Coast Dodgers but was unable to come back satisfactorily from arm injuries that resulted in operations on both his elbow and shoulder.
Outfielder Steve Sapp , who played both for the Gulf Coast team and Columbus, catchers Rotsen Gil and Mitch Ayres. first baseman Jose Nunez, infielder Justin Crist, lefthander Liam O'Flaherty and righthander Jose Obispo were others
Gil, from Venezuela, played mostly for Ogden, hitting .163 , while Nunez, a Dominican, showed some latent power for the Gulf Coast team but managed only a .222 average. Both O'Flaherty, who was coming off arm surgery that sidelined him all of 2004 and Ayres are from Australia, leaving first baseman David Sutherland as the only player from that country still in the system. O'Flaherty was 3-2, 5.96 for Columbus while Ayres hit .250 for the GCL Dodgers.
Obispo, who pitched briefly for Ogden (0-0, 8.03) is a Dominican who could throw in the mid-90's but who couldn't conquer control problems Crist, the son of a St. Louis scout, was a reserve both at Ogden and Columbus.