Pitchers Dropped in First Minor League Cuts

VERO BEACH, Fla- One from the top rung and two from the bottom were the first cuts in the Dodger minor league camp as Beau Dannemiller, Pedro Lorenzo and Howar Zuleta, all righthanded pitchers, were handed their releases.

Dannemiller started 2005 at Jacksonville where he was 1-3, 4.81, then was promoted to Las Vegas where he suffered a 0-0, 6.81 mark.

A selection in the 2003 Rule 5 draft, he began slowly at Vero Beach, then came on to finish 2-4, 2.93 in 2004.

However last season he didn't throw the ball as capably. He was handed his early dismissal so that he might be able to latch on with other teams.

Lorenzo, a Dominican, appeared in only one game for the Gulf Coast Dodgers but was suspended for disciplinary reasons.

Zuleta had shown promise in 2004 with the Gulf Coast entry with a 1-3, 2.14 record and seven saves but had arm problems which held him to two games in 2005 and from which he couldn't bounce back.