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D-backs released Edwin Jackson, Travis Snider in minor league cuts

Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson #36 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the San Diego Padres during the major league baseball game at Chase Field on April 6, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks released some minor league players in May, and among them were veteran pitcher Edwin Jackson and outfielder Travis Snider.

The releases were displayed on the Pacific Coast League transactions page, which showed that the Reno Aces had released 12 players combined on May 22 and 28.

Jackson was vying to play in the majors with the D-backs for a second time after having done so in 2010 and throwing a no-hitter. Jackson has played for 14 MLB franchises but the 36-year-old had a 16.20 ERA in five spring training outings this year.

Snider was the 14th overall pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2006 and has since played 630 MLB games with the Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles.

Also among the cuts was Visalia Rawhide outfielder Anfernee Grier. Grier was the 39th overall pick by the D-backs in the 2016 draft. He hit .229 with Visalia last season to go with nine home runs, 46 RBIs and 131 strikeouts.

Teams have cut minor league players as a 2020 minor league season is in doubt because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some players likely would have been released anyway as teams trim their organization year to year, but teams are also feeling budgetary limitations because of lost revenue from the delayed 2020 season.

The transactions pages from the Southern, California, Midwest, Northwest and Pioneer Leagues showed which players the D-backs’ other minor league affiliates released. Here’s a list:

Released by the Reno Aces (Triple-A):

RHP Connor Grey
RHP Mauricio Cabrera
RHP Damien Magnifico
RHP Ryan Atkinson
RHP Trevor Clifton
RHP Edwin Jackson
LHP David Huff
C Michael De La Cruz
2B Gavin Cecchini
3B Luis Jimenez
SS Galli Cribbs Jr.
OF Travis Snider

Released by the Jackson Generals (Double-A):

RHP Tyler Mark
RHP Mark Leiter Jr.
RHP Aaron Blair
RHP Erasmo Pinales
RHP Michael Tonkin
RHP Jordan Milbrath
LHP Dillon Overton
LHP Colton Turner
C Alberto Rosario
1B Ramon Hernandez

Released by the Visalia Rawhide (Class A Advanced):

RHP Geoffrey Bramblett
RHP Cole Bartlett
RHP Jose Cuas
LHP Cody Reed
C Lucas Herbert
C Michael Hernandez
C Tim Susnara
2B Alex King
OF Anfernee Grier
OF Jorge Perez

Released by the Kane County Cougars (Class A):

RHP Ryan Miller
RHP Wilfry Cruz
RHP Yan Sanchez
C Zachery Almond
1B Francis Martinez
1B David Garza
2B Keyshawn Lynch
3B Joey Rose

Released by the Hillsboro Hops (Short Season A):

RHP Kent Hasler
RHP Justin Garcia
LHP Pedro Zorrilla
C Daniel Wasinger
3B Joe Gilette

Released by the Missoula Paddleheads (Rookie Advanced):

RHP Dustin Lacaze
RHP Nick Marchese
RHP Tyler Poulin
RHP Chris Williams
LHP Oliver Rosario
2B Cesar Garcia
3B Carson Maxwell
OF Kevin Watson Jr.
OF Tristen Carranza

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