The Texas Rangers released 10 minor league players on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com.
The players cut were RHP Cody Evans, RHP Jon Meloan, RHP Jorge Marban, LHP Fabian Williamson, INF Jonathan Roof, 1B Clark Murphy, OF Kendall Radcliffe, OF Ruben Sierra, OF Orlando Sandoval, and OF Efrain Nunez.
Evans, 28, was signed to a minor league contract just prior to spring training. After missing the entire 2010 season, the right-hander made seven appearances (three starts) with High-A Inland Empire in the Angels’ system last year and posted a 3.18 earned-run average.
Meloan, 27, also signed a minor league deal just before camp and also missed the 2010 campaign with an injury. With Double-A Midland of the Oakland organization in 2011, he had a 4.67 ERA in 25 relief appearances, spanning 27 innings. He yielded 28 hits while walking 20 and striking out 25.
Marban, 23, signed with the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent during the summer of 2010. After a strong debut stint in short-season ball two seasons ago, the Florida International product pitched last year out of the Single-A Hickory bullpen. He had a 4.61 ERA in 35 relief appearances. In 54.2 innings, Marban allowed 45 hits while walking 30 and striking out 65. He features a low-90s fastball, a slider, and a changeup.
Williamson, 23, was acquired by Texas in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft this past offseason from the Oakland A’s organization. The 6-foot-2 southpaw posted a 7.16 ERA in 71.2 innings between the High-A and Double-A levels last season, giving up 89 hits, walking 45, and striking out 57.
Roof, 23, was the Rangers’ eighth-round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. The son of Gene Roof, who is a minor league coach in the Tigers’ organization, Jonathan split his first full season between Single-A Hickory and High-A Myrtle Beach, posting a .262/.298/.344 slash line with 15 stolen bases in 91 contests. While he is a solid defender in the middle infield with good range and a strong arm, he struggled to produce with the bat.
Murphy, 22, joined the system as a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. Following a strong rookie ball debut during the summer of ’08, he scuffled in ’09 before hitting a solid .319/.440/.410 at short-season Spokane in 2010. But the first baseman had more trouble last season, when he went 12-for-63 (.190) between the rookie level and Single-A Hickory. Murphy went just 27-for-140 (.193) in two separate stints with the Crawdads.
Radcliffe, 19, was Texas’ 25th-round pick in 2010, coming out of Chicago’s Morgan Park High School. After struggling early last season, the left-handed hitting outfielder played in only 23 games for the rookie-level Surprise Rangers and went 6-for-48 (.125) with four doubles, seven walks, and 24 strikeouts.
Sierra, 21, is the son of the long-time Rangers outfielder of the same name. A sixth-round pick in the ’09 draft, the Puerto Rico native played the last three seasons between the Dominican Summer League, the rookie Arizona League, and short-season Spokane. Sierra had a .256/.301/.401 line with 13 doubles, four home runs, and 56 strikeouts in 50 games for the Indians last summer.
Sandoval, 25, was signed as a six-year minor league free agent in November after spending his entire career in the Colorado Rockies system. The 6-foot-0, 185-pound outfielder spent last year at High-A Modesto, where he hit .233/.316/.401 in 53 games.
Nunez, 21, came to Texas via the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft this past offseason. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound outfielder initially signed with Seattle for a reported $450,000 bonus during the summer of 2007. A switch-hitter, Nunez struggled between 2008 and 2010 but posted a .291/.367/.507 line in 44 games at rookie-level Pulaski last year.
Earlier in camp, the Rangers had released OF Braxton Lane, LHP Geuris Grullon, LHP Sam Robinson, RHP Kenny Gomez, RHP Colby Killian, and RHP Tim Stanford. That story can be found at this link. OF/1B Conor Jackson, LHP Joe Beimel, and LHP Mitch Stetter were also released from major league camp this week.