St. Louis Cardinals announce the release of three minor league players

| April 17, 2014 | 11 Comments
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With recent movement throughout the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, a few players found their careers over with the organization. Releases like this happen in the regular season when the team feels like the player is not progressing enough and the player would like a fresh start with a new organization.

On Thursday, the Cardinals announced the release of these three players:

Vance Albitz

Albitz last played with the Cardinals Class AAA affiliate in Memphis in 2013 and also played with AA Springfield last season. He joined the club in 2011 after playing independent ball with the Lincoln Saltdogs. Albitz was assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs (Short-Season A) and finished the season there. In 2012, he played with Memphis, Springfield, and the Cardinals’ Advanced A team in Palm Beach. Albitz’s best season was his last one, where he hit a combined .257  in 250 at bats. Albitz opened the 2014 season at the clubs spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida.

Adam Melker

Melker was the Cardinals’ 44th round pick in 2010 out of Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. He finished the 2010 season with the Batavia Muckdogs  and hit .309 with no home runs and 11 runs batted in in 119 plate appearances. He played 2011 with the Palm Beach Cardinals and hit .245 in 360 plate appearances. Melker was promoted in 2012 to the Cardinals’ AA squad in Springfield, Missouri where he hit 10 home runs in 126 games and hit .278. 2013 was a repeated season for him as he returned to Springfield and hit 8 homers in 107 games. Melker began the 2014 season at the Cards facility in Jupiter, Florida.

Steven Ramos

Ramos may be the biggest surprise on this list. He made a name for himself in 2013 with the Short-Season State College Spikes where he hit .341 and won the New York-Penn League batting title and was also an All-Star. Ramos was the Cardinals’ 22nd round pick in 2010 out of tiny Ohlone College in Fremont, California. Ramos did not reach a full season club until 2013 when he played 4 games with the Peoria Chiefs. The Cardinals promoted Ramos to the Advanced A Palm Beach Cardinals in 2014 as a reserve outfielder. He had two hits in 19 at bats this season and saw his playing time diminish greatly.

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  • Josh white

    Anything official with Swauger? I think they offered him a coaching spot, but hadn’t heard if he took anything. He was a school teacher in the off-season and was talking about doing that full-time.

  • Phil

    That the Cardinals don’t recognize what they had with Albitz goes to show what kind of mindset they have. Trouble in paradise.

    • John Nagel

      What exactly did they have? While he was a great teammate, he didn’t have much to offer on the field.

  • Phil

    He only had a .980 fielding percentage…

  • Jim

    I didn’t know much about Albitz, so I looked him up – 5’7″, 26 years old, utility infielder who batted .250 last year and .230 the year before. The Cardinals know he was going nowhere with their organization, so why not release him to make room for better, younger prospects?

  • http://None Bob

    He was a great guy and I would love to have seen him find a place but it didn’t seem likely.

    I never stood next to him but it was hard to believe that he was 5’7″. He looked more like 5’4.”

  • Josh white

    Melker just got signed by Arkansas and is on his way to re-unite with Wellman. Good for Melker. He is an incredibly great guy and a good ballplayer.

  • Art

    Been impressed with Albitz his entire career: amazing fielding (at all infield positions) + timely hitting. I bet a few ML teams would love to have him. Expecting to see him signed soon.

  • Mike

    Vance will be fine going to another organization . When improving every year isn’t enough, it’s time to say good bye to the BIRD.

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