Blue Jays trim up minor league rosters once again, release four more players
By Eric Treuden
Just a few days after releasing eight players from the high minor leagues, the Toronto Blue Jays have released four more players from their minor league affiliates.
Per Minor League Baseball's transaction logs, the following youngsters have been cut loose by the Blue Jays.
Pitchers: Marc Civit, Pedro Munoz
Infielder: Francisco Veracierto
Outfielder: Julio Ozoria
Sure, none of these players are older than 21-years-old and their release may not shake up the organization, but this is life-changing news for young players who are right at the beginning of their professional baseball careers.
Civit, is a native of Barcelona, Spain and has made appearances in three straight seasons for the Jays. Last year, he made it into 15 games in the Florida Complex League, surrendering 11 earned runs on 22 hits in just 18 innings of work. Throughout both of his brief stints in the FCL, he had yet to show enough promise to warrant any sort of promotion and will now return to the open market.
Munoz, 18, stands at 5-foot-9 and 150lbs. and, like Civit, had not shown enough hope in the Dominican Summer League. In 15 appearances, he had a combined 9.17 ERA thanks to 18 earned runs and 25 hits allowed in just 17.2 innings of work. His control was nowhere to be found as he walked more (17) batters than he struck out (15).
Veracierto, 21, struggled with strikeouts and a complete lack of power through 29 games in the lowest level of the minor leagues for the Jays. In 71 at-bats, he hit just one home and struggled to make consistent contact, posting a .197 average. His patience and power are still very much developing and he can play all over the infield, so he shouldn't have a problem latching on with another organization.
Finally, there's Ozoria, a 20-year-old outfielder. He appeared in 34 games last year in the Dominican Summer league, going 21-for-98 (good for a .214 average) with three doubles and three home runs with 14 runs batted in. His outfield defense is suspect, but he hit decently well for someone making the first professional appearances of their career. He, like Veracierto, should find a home elsewhere in short order.