Rockies cut ties with 14 minor leaguers
Left-handed relievers Tommy Baumgardner, Adam Bright and Xavier Cedeno and outfielder Daniel Carte, all of whom played at Double-A Tulsa last season, were among 14 players released by the Colorado Rockies.
Also released were right-handed pitchers Austin Chambliss, Carlos Luna, Rick Bauer, Chris Gissell and Jose Guevara, left-handed pitcher Josh Muecke, first baseman Josh Phelps, outfielders Alex Escobar and Kevin Clark and catcher-first baseman Chris Vasami.
The Rockies drafted Carte in the second round in 2005 out of Winthrop University. He spent two years at Tulsa, turns 26 next month, couldn’t win a spot at Triple-A Colorado Springs and wasn’t going to be sent back to Tulsa for a third season.
Baumgardner, 26, was taken in the 28th round of the 2006 draft out of the University of Mississippi. Bright, 25, is a native of Australia, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2002 and was resigned by the Rockies in February after becoming a minor league free agent after the 2009 season. He pitched each of the past three seasons at Tulsa.
Cedeno, 23, was taken in the 31st round of the 2004 draft and signed the following May. After starting his first four professional seasons, including 2008 at Tulsa, the Rockies moved Cedeno to the bullpen last season, which he split between Tulsa and high Class A Modesto.
Chambliss, Clark, Luna and Vasami also began their careers in the Rockies organization. Chambliss, 23, was drafted in the 17th round in 2007 out of Middle Georgia College. He pitched at Tulsa and Modesto last season and didn’t make the Tulsa staff this spring.
Clark, 24, was at Modesto last year when he tested positive for amphetamine use and was suspended in May for 50 games. Upon returning, Clark played at Tri-City. The Rockies drafted Clark in the sixth round in 2006 out of Manatee (Fla.) Community College.
Luna, 23, was drafted in the 30th round in 2008 out of Oral Roberts. He spent most of last season at Modesto but also pitched at Tri-City and low Class A Asheville.
Vasami, 25, was taken in the 39th round of the 2007 draft from Elon University. He spent three seasons at the short-season level, the past two at Tri-City.