With baseball in doubt with each passing day, teams have started making the difficult decisions to release minor league players and the Cleveland Indians are unfortunately one of those teams.
Cleveland officially released 11 of their minor league prospects on Saturday morning that were among the 400 roster cuts across baseball over the past month.
Teams promised to pay minor leaguers at least through May 31 when the baseball season was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and while teams including the Indians have promised to continue paying some of the players through at least June, MLB teams are still having to make financial decisions with no baseball ongoing and the future of the 2020 season in doubt.
The most notable name of the releases was outfielder Mike Papi, who the Indians selected with the 38th overall selection in the 2014 draft. Papi struggled through his six seasons in Cleveland’s farm system reaching the Triple-A level with the Columbus Clippers where he’s spent the last two and a half seasons with a .235 average and a .712 OPS and just never panned out the way the organization hoped he would as a high draft selection.
It’s unclear how many more releases will be made within the Indians organization but with the draft coming up on June 10th, the Indians could clear the way for a new fresh crop of talent into their farm system.