Three More Minor League Pitchers Let Go

VERO BEACH, Fla.- Three more pitchers- two righthanders and a lefthander- were dropped from minor league rosters in the second set of cuts made this spring. Alvin Hayes and Aaron Klusman were the righthanders released while Chad Bailey was the lefty.

Hayes was a 25th round draft choice in 2002 and signed as a draft-and-follow the following spring after spending a year at Alabama Southern Community College. He showed some promise in 2004 when he was 3-1, 3.58 with 51 strikeouts in 50 innings for the Gulf Coast Dodgers but experienced some arm problems and slipped back to 2-1, 7.26 for Ogden in 2005.

Klusman first attended Arizona State, then transferred to Dallas Baptist for his final collegiate season but was undrafted and signed as a free agent in 2004. He was 4-2, 3.09 for Ogden last year but at age 25 wasn't going to make the Vero Beach staff so was let go.

He had achieved some measure of fame and , quite possibly, of fortune for founding his own online clothing company, AK Industries, which sells apparel for extreme sports and which will go retail sometime this year.

Bailey, like Hayes, was a draft-and- follow, being selected in the 47th round of the 2002 draft and signing in 2003. A native of Hawaii, he pitched for North Idaho J. C. His best year was 2004 when he was 2-3, 2.17 while pitching in relief for Columbus. Promoted to Vero Beach at the end of the season, he went 0-0, 3.60.

However, he, too, experienced arm problems and never seemed to bounce back. He began 2005 at Vero Beach but was 0-0, 13.06. Sent back to Columbus, he was 2-4, 4.93.

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