2012 Spring Training

Phillies Continue to Make Cuts Throughout Organization

Eric Pettis. (photo: Jay Floyd)

The Phillies continued their trimming of the masses in minor league camp Wednesday morning by releasing another group of players. Among those who were let go was lefty pitcher Matt Way. Right-handed hurler Eric Pettis (pictured) was also among those cut.

Way was often injured during his time in the Philadelphia organization. In three seasons as a pro, including 2011 in which he did not pitch, Way posted a 13-9 record with a 3.22 ERA in 31 games (30 starts). The 24-year-old was a 5th round draft choice in 2009, out of Washington State.

Pettis stormed onto the pro scene as a 35th round draft selection in 2010, going 8-0 with 7 saves and a 1.37 ERA in 20 outings (5 starts) and becoming a NY-Penn League All-Star with the Williamsport Crosscutters that year before joining Class A Lakewood for their playoff push. Last season, Pettis, now 23-years-old, continued his success, tallying a 2-3 record with 5 saves and a 2.84 ERA in 47 combined relief appearances with Class A Lakewood and Class A Advanced Clearwater. The release of Pettis is rather surprising, as many thought he was a solid option to contribute as a reliever at higher levels.

As more names of released players become available, we’ll have that information right here.

A source in Clearwater has also confirmed that the following players have been released by the Phillies: catcher Nolan Clark, catcher Chabriel Pizarro, right-handed pitcher Cody Fick, outfielder Luis Amaro and righty hurler Leonel Bastidas.

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  1. bacardipr05

    March 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I dont know the ins and out of this but some of these guys look like they had some potential. Then RAJ likes to go through the scrap heap for other teams cuts.

  2. tom g

    March 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    WTF….sometimes i dont get it…some of these guys seen to be pretty good players, i trust the folks in charge, but the STATS dont seem to make sense

  3. Jaron B

    March 29, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Can you break down the projected opening day roster in an article soon?

  4. Manny

    March 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

    So are these players actually released from the organization for good? Why would they cut a guy like Pettis?

  5. Jay Floyd

    March 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Yes, released = gone.
    I am still stunned by the release of Pettis. I feel a podcast rant coming on.

  6. frnd

    March 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    First they move Eric Pettis up very quickly, even moving him into the playoffs…what is wrong with this team? Stupid Stupid! It will be phillies loss when another becomes a better team with him.

  7. Jay

    March 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Pettis moves through 3 levels in his 1.5 seasons after being drafted, then released. If it’s an age issue then the Phillie brass was negligent in not at least giving him a shot at AA this year to prove himself. Let the numbers make the decision, not some stuffy suit talking about “projectability”. Last I checked, games are won on results, not projectability.

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