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Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and two other pitchers get pink slips from the Phillies

As the final minor league rosters take shape, the Phillies released three minor league pitchers on Friday. The biggest name of the three is Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who never came close to reaching the projection he had as an international free agent.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was signed with much hype after he exited Cuba. The Phillies initially offered Gonzalez a six-year, $48-million contract as a free agent, but after concerns arose about his arm after a physical and the Phillies offer fell to three years and $12-million. It turns out that the Phillies should have put even more faith in the findings of the physical, because Gonzalez dealt with a number of shoulder issues since signing the deal.

Gonzalez did reach the majors with the Phillies in 2014, pitching in six games, throwing 5 1/3 innings with a 6.75 ERA. Gonzalez was only healthy enough to pitch in 37 minor league games since signing with the Phillies, and he went 0-6 with a 3.59 ERA in the minors. Last season, Gonzalez pitched in just six minor league games, four of which were in the Gulf Coast League and two others at Lehigh Valley.

Right-hander Greg Burke and lefty Ken Roberts were also released.

Burke signed as a minor league free agent over the winter. The 33-year old had previously pitched in the majors with San Diego in 2009 and with the Mets in 2013. He pitched a total of 77 1/3 innings in 80 major league games, posting a career 4.77 ERA.

Roberts was claimed off waivers by the Phillies late last August and pitched in six games with the Phillies in September. Roberts had a 10.38 ERA with the Phillies, following up his 5.79 ERA in nine relief appearances with the Colorado Rockies earlier in the season.


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