This may not be on the level of the Dontrelle Willis release that cam Friday, but the Phillies did announce the release of five players from Minor League Camp this morning, including friend of the blog Brian Gump.
Gump, 24, had played as high as Hi-A Clearwater, hitting a career .239 in three seasons after being drafted in 2009. An outfielder, Gump had amassed a bit of a ring collection during his time in the organization: a championship with the GCL Phillies and two with the Lakewood Blueclaws. On his blog (which I suggest to everyone, it’s on the blogroll) Gump wrote “Adversity breeds greatness, so I’ve got to battle on and see where this takes me. ” He also mentioned that he may try his luck at pitching, an interesting idea considering his career numbers on the mound (a pair of 1-2-3 innings and a strikeout).
Among the others released are Alan Schoenberger, an Australian infielder who made it as far as Hi-A (2011) after being signed as a 19 year old in 2006. His career numbers were low, with a batting average of .217 and a dismal .936 fielding percentage. Pitcher Jesus Pirela, 23, was also released after playing in Williamsport last year.
Ryan Feierabend, 26, was released after pitching as a starter for Triple-A Lehigh in 2011. This release makes room for
Joel Pineiro, who was signed by the Phillies this offseason and will be no doubt heading down to Triple-A in April. Update: Pineiro was released this morning. Oops.
Lastly, pitcher Kasey Kiker was let go, and the reason you may not have heard of him is because he was signed last month. No appearances for the club, Spring Training or otherwise, though it is interesting to note that he was a first round draft pick in 2006 for the Texas Rangers. So long Kiker, we hardly knew ye.
But seriously, the best of luck to all of the players released, especially Brian Gump, who has been nothing but nice to us at PhightingOn.