Orioles Release 37 Minor Leaguers
While roster moves in Major League Baseball are not allowed during the shutdown, teams can still make minor league transactions. For instance, the Rockies cut right-hander Tim Melville earlier this week. And now the Orioles are among the clubs paring down minor league player personnel. The Orioles just released 37 low-level farmhands, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports (subscription link). Connolly provides the full list of players in his piece.
While the Orioles, of course, didn’t part with any premium prospects, there are a few familiar names in the bunch. Sons of former Orioles Chris Hoiles (outfielder Dalton Hoiles) and Rafael Palmeiro (infielder Preston Palmeiro) were let go. Also of interest, the Orioles said goodbye to infielder Jomar Reyes, who was a well-regarded prospect earlier in his professional career.
Baltimore signed Reyes for $350K out of the Dominican Republic in 2014, when then-general manager Dan Duquette said Reyes and fellow signing Carlos Diaz could be “potential everyday major league players that can hit in the middle of the lineup.” That obviously hasn’t come to fruition so far, as Reyes has only managed a .269/.313/.395 line in 2,159 minor league plate appearances. Now 23 years old, he spent most of last season in High-A and batted .283/.320/.406.