Indians release nine players from minor league camp
Cannon, Jimenez among the first cuts from minor league camp
The Cleveland Indians released minor leaguers OF Mark Bradley, OF Mark Brown, UTIL Tyler Cannon, RHP Estevenson Encarnacion, RHP Luis Encarnacion, UTIL Evan Frazar, LHP Daniel Jimenez, OF Hunter Jones, and LHP Kyle Petter today in the first cuts from minor league camp.
None of the releases came as a surprise, as none of the players cracked IBI's Top 100 prospects heading into the 2013 season. Additionally, none of the players were picked in the top 10 rounds of the draft. Despite prospect standing, however, it is hard to see the end of the road for these players in the Cleveland organization.
This is just one of the sad realities of minor league baseball. Everyone involved knows that plenty of players are not going to make it to the majors, but it is on days like today when that cold reality truly hits.
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Our society glamorizes accomplishments in sports, but it's not what it appears. Minor league ball isn't that good of a way to spend your developmental years unless you're really a legit talent that's able to get $300k+ signing bonus. It can seriously sidetrack or derail a promising professional career.
I feel more sorry for the guys that stick in AA until they are 28 before they realize they'll never make MLB. It's hard getting a job in the private sector when all you've done for the last 10 years is play a game.
It'll be tough emotionally for a couple of days for these guys getting released, but it's seriously better for them to move on with their lives.