So Long, Boys

The news that was hinted at last Thursday has become official with the latest Baseball America transaction update (March 20-26). Before folks pile on in the comments, just remember that for some of these young men, it’s the end of the road. Others will hope to hook on with another organization in the minors. A few will try to make a go of it in the indys. And all will be trying to figure out what’s the next chapter in the lives, baseball or otherwise.

  • LHP Mitchell Clegg (Potomac)
  • RHP Tyler Hanks (Hagerstown)
  • RHP Gaby Hernandez (offseason pickup)
  • LHP Lee Hyde (Syracuse)
  • RHP Marcel Prado (offseason pickup)
  • RHP Ben Graham (Hagerstown)

I don’t believe is the extent of the cuts, at least based on last year’s post at this time. More likely than not, there will be another set in the next 2-3 days as they camps break. If I learn of any more via media outlets, I’ll append accordingly. Otherwise, I expect we’ll learn the rest next week.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

9 thoughts on “So Long, Boys”

  1. Truly enjoyed watching Josh Wilkie pitch those final two against Detroit in HD. Tim Pahuta and Lombo really put their best feet forward in that game … and the Tigers weren’t throwing in minor league pitchers …

    I thought it was the best game of the day.

  2. What is the status of some of the organizational pitchers? Where do Mandel, Wilkie, Arnesen, and Van Allen fit? Will they be supplanted by new prospects?

    1. Until we see their names on a roster or the transaction wire, we don’t know.

      Reading the tea leaves, I think there’s a good chance that at least three of those four will make it — a presumption based on Wilkie’s appearance, chatter on Twitter (Mandel), and the release of Lee Hyde (VanAllen).

      Arnesen has a strike against him in that he doesn’t throw hard, but at the same time, he’s succeeded in whatever role he’s been asked to do and can do it at either AA or AAA. The next person to tell me something bad about him will be the first, so I have to believe that’s going to work in his favor.

  3. I’ll let the Potomac scouts chip in on Clegg, didn’t know him enough to say.
    I thought Hanks would turn into someone, but he never really developed after being drafted.

    1. Clegg hit his ceiling (and at 6’5″ he’s probably run into a few low beams, too). We see it all the time — guys that have a decent fastball but not much else that they can get over for strikes. You can get away with it at Low-A, but High-A hitters are just that much better.

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