The Phillies have announced the release of Jiwan James, as another outfielder in the organization will part ways.
The Phillies have now released James, Anthony Hewitt, and Tyson Gillies, all in a very short amount of time.
A 22nd round pick of the Phillies in 2007, James posted a career .265/.317/.364 line with the organization. He certainly was one of the fastest players the organization has seen over the last 10 years, but he never put things together. Our (slightly outdated) profile of Jiwan can be found here.
He battled injuries throughout his career, finally returning making his 2014 Reading debut a few weeks ago. He had 21 at-bats, and hit .333 with a .364 on-base percentage.
That said, there was too much to overcome. With so many outfielders on the roster, there wasn’t really anywhere for James to play, and he will now be moving on.
James had this to say:
The Fightins still have six outfielders on the roster, though listed outfielder Jake Fox has played plenty of first base.