Phillies Release 9 Minor Leaguers

According to Baseball America’s Transaction Report the Phillies have released nine minor leaguers.  They are RHP Mark Meadors, RHP Gregorio Santos, RHP Jeb Stefan, LHP Francibel Alejo, 2B Olvy Marte, 2B Robinson Torres, 3B Trey Williams, SS Anthony Phillips, and OF Nick Ferdinand.  We don’t know if all of these were involuntary (sometimes a player will ask for their release to explore other opportunities) but it is always sad to see people move along.  The big surprise is Trey Williams who was the Phillies 7th Round pick in 2013.  Williams had high expectations out of high school in 2012, his stock slipped some after a year in JuCo and the Phillies took him betting on his raw power.  Williams has since had to move to first base and has hit .197/.290/.301 over two seasons in the GCL.  In the end the Phillies can only give playing time to so many players.

We wish everyone good luck in their future endeavors whether they are baseball or otherwise.

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman
Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.

4 comments

  1. Dave47

    I think I remember correctly that Williams was considered a pretty good pick up at seventh. Although the large percentage of draft picks don’t pan out to give up on a seventh pick after two years seems a bit extreme – was he just bad ( no skills) or were there other issues?

    • Matt Winkelman

      It is a bit early. I can’t speak to attitude, but the scouting reports have not be great. But I think more than anything he has been moved to 1B and he is far enough now the depth chart that there isn’t playing time available. I think he was a good gamble, but in the 7th that isn’t a huge loss

  2. MLL

    Wasn’t Meadors once highly thought of, and available late in the draft as he was recovering from injury? His record last year was not bad. Any insights into why he was released?

  3. Cormican

    Trey Williams is a bummer. I was pretty high on him post Draft, as a great pick in Round 7, given his pure talent could have gotten him into the 2nd or 3rd Round previously. He was a good gamble, but of course, most gambles don’t pan out.