Throughout Spring Training, the MLB camp's roster is pared down as players are optioned to minor league teams or assigned to minor league camp. Today, six players were moved from the MLB camp roster.
Hunter Renfroe and Frank Garces were reassigned to minor league camp. In seven games, Renfroe went 4-for-16 with one double, one RBI, one walk, and three strikeouts. Garces pitched 4.2 innings over four games, giving up one earned run on seven hits, with one walk and five strikeouts. Garces saw MLB action last season and might do so again next season. Renfroe is projected to spend the majority of the season in El Paso.
Tayron Guerrero and Cory Mazzoni were optioned to Triple-A El Paso. Guerrero pitched three innings across three games, giving up three earned runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Guerrero has been described as having filthy stuff and an electric fastball combined with a lack of control. Mazzoni pitched 4-1/3 innings in four games, giving up three earned runs on five hits and two walks, racking up three K's. Mazzoni was called up twice last year and got rocked in general. He needs to turn that around quick to stick with the organization.
Jose Rondon was optioned to Double-A San Antonio. The shortstop went three-for-nine in six games, with a double and a triple, while neither walking nor striking out. Still a year away from MLB action at least, he showed well amongst MLB competition.
Jose Torres was optioned to Single-A Lake Elsinore. The righty reliever put in three innings of work in three games and got rocked for five earned runs on eleven hits. The good news is that he didn't walk anyone and registered three K's.
There are now 49 players remaining in Peoria competing for 40 roster spots. All four Rule 5 draftees are still in camp, and they need to be retained on the 25-man roster to stay with the organization. We'll keep you posted as the roster evolves throughout the spring.