Jim Salisbury finally put a figure to the number of Phillies’ minor leaguers released last week. He reported that 27 players had been released but didn’t report any names. Later on Monday, players’ names began showing up on the various affiliates’ transaction lists.
The transactions were all dated May 29th. Here are the 25 names reported so far –
Lehigh Valley IronPigs released LHP Aaron Brown, LHP Junior Tejada, LHP Brandon Leibrandt, 3B Ali Castillo, 3B T.J. Rivera.
Reading Fightin Phils released RHP Carlos Bustamante, RHP Sandro Rosario, RHP Tyler Hallead.
Clearwater Threshers released C Willie Estrada, RHP Waylon Richardson, RF Ben Aklinski, RHP Michael Gomez.
Lakewood BlueClaws released SS Raul Rivas, 2B Hunter Stovall.
GCL Phillies East released RHP Brian Auerbach, C Juan Mendez.
GCL Phillies West released OF Jordan McArdle.
DSL Phillies Red released RHP Joan Hernandez, SS Raibently Mercalina, RHP Cristofer Adames, LHP Daivin Perez.
DSL Phillies White released LHP Alberto Torres, LHP Nathanael Bido, LHP Camilo Hinestroza, RHP Raul Mendoza.
Rivera’s release was reported first by Jon Heyman yesterday. Some of these players would likely have been released at the end of spring training or the end of XST. Others are players who would have been coming off rehab stints, a couple for multiple seasons. McArdle is an Australian outfielder who was invited over this season but never got a look. I wouldn’t be surprised if Aussie pitcher Jason Lott is added to this list later. He was a team mate of McArdle’s and several Phillies who played on the Perth Heat last winter. Willie Estrada was signed as catching depth last summer with Gabriel Ojeda. Neither saw time on a roster; Ojeda was released in early March. Leibrandt was sidelined by TJ surgery. He was a control pitcher with a devastating move to first. Brown was a fearless CF turned pitcher.