Urick Not The Only One Released

One of the rights of passage each Spring Training is the inevitable release of players. While many were shocked to hear John Urick was released from the Yankees' farm system, he wasn't the only one sent packing this week.

Other Players Released

Catcher, Brad Canada: Drafted in the 25th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of Bradley University, Canada hit just .130 in limited time with the Staten Island Yankees last season. Released probably because of pure numbers crunch at the catcher's position, Canada was the third catcher selected last season - after Joe Burke and Joseph Muich. Reportedly Canada has signed on with the Philadelphia Phillies already.

LHP, Heath Castle: Originally selected in the 16th round of the 2003 MLB Draft out of the University of Kentucky, Castle went 7-5 with 2 saves and a 4.33 ERA in his brief career. He never made it out of A-ball and he had a career year in 2005, going 3-2 with a 2.55 ERA with the Tampa Yankees last season. As solid as his overall numbers were, opponents still hit .292 off of him and he fell victim to a deepening pitching corps at the minor league level.

UT, Ryan Haag: Haag, the Yankees' 16th round pick in the 2004 MLB Draft, suffered the same fate as his good friend John Urick this week when both were released. Known more for his strong arm than his bat, Haag hit just .217 in his two seasons in the Yankees' organization. Playing second base, third base, and shortstop, Haag's career on-base percentage topped out at .289 before his release.

LHP, Mike Wagner: Outside of Urick's release, Wagner being released was arguably the most shocking. An undrafted free agent with a very good slider, Wagner had posted a 2.35 ERA in 35 career games in the Yankees' farm system. As dominant as they came against left-handed hitters, allowing them to hit just .115 off of him in the NY-Penn League a year ago, his lack of success (.341 batting average allowed) against right-handed batters could have been a contributing factor in his release.


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