–Six players were cut from major league camp today: Daryle Ward, Aaron Fultz, Ramon Ramirez, Danny Richar, Ron Flores, and Jeff Kennard. Ward and Fultz were released.
I’m a bit surprised about Ward. He didn’t have great numbers this spring, but I expected him to grab that left-handed pinch-hitter spot on the bench.
–BP has ranked the outfielders around the majors. Ever heard of Chase Headley? He’s the only outfielder considered worse than our leadoff hitter and all-around super-HAVOC-creator Willy Taveras.
–Speaking of Taveras, he’s hurt. So is Edwin Encarnacion (sore shoulder).
–From that same post by John Fay:
Baker liked what he saw from Wilkin Castillo catching Aaron Harang yesterday. “He was really good — excellent,” Baker said. “He gave a good target. He was into the game. He was very positive when Aaron threw a good pitch. It was really the first time we saw him bakc there for an extended period. He’s an interesting player.”
Castillo is only 24. In 2007, he hit .302 with 31 doubles in 109 games at Double-A. He hit .248 at Triple-A last year. He can run well for a catcher. He can play shortstop, second, third and the outfield.
I asked Baker if Castillo goes to Triple-A will they consider catching him as everyday catcher. “We’ve got pretty good everyday catching in the pipeline,” he said. “People like to say everyday. I say everywhere.”
Make of that whatever you want.
–We’ve all expected this for a while, but now it’s official: Nick Masset is going to the bullpen.