According to Baseball America, RHP Nick Struck and OF Reggie Golden were among the minor league players released prior to the end of Spring Training as the front office assembled the minor league rosters.
Nick Struck was the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 after posting a 14-10 record in 28 games, 26 starts, for Double-A Tennessee with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Struck struggled in the fall league and did not pitch well as a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training the following year. The Cubs altered Struck’s delivery and the changes did not work. Struck started last year with Triple-A Iowa then finished the season with Double-A Tennessee. Struck went 7-10 in 27 games, 25 starts, with a 5.73 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP last season.
The Cubs selected Reggie Golden in the second round of the 2010 draft and the now 22-year old could not get out of his own way. Golden reported to Spring Training out of shape the next year and not prepared. After injuries further delayed his career in 2012, Golden hit .227/.282/.382 with seven doubles, one triple and nine home runs in 64 games for Low-A Kane County last year.
Two weeks ago, the Cubs released RHP Carlos Gutierrez, C Yaniel Cabezas, C Carlos Escobar, C Neftali Rosario, 1B Kelvin Freeman, INF Greg Rohan and INF Brad Zapenas.
Baseball America posted other moves made this past week in the Cubs’ system. According to Matt Eddy, the Cubs released RHP Paolo Espino. The team signed Espino in the off-season and his few appearances in big league Spring Training games were not good.
The Cubs also released INF Walter Ibarra, RHP Loiger Padron, RHP Orbandy Rodriguez, LHP Frank Del Valle, LHP Al Yevoli, C Wilfredo Petit, SS Alex Sanchez and OF Jose Dore.
The Cubs re-signed catcher Nathan Maldonado.