The first round of cuts saw eight victims and took place on March 23. RHP Hector Delgadillo
was let go by the organization after going a combined 6-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 60 innings between Auburn and Lansing in 2006.
Another right-hander, Casey McKenzie
, was let go by the Blue Jays after battling arm problems during his professional career. The 24-year-old was let go despite pitching well last season in 13 games for Lansing going 3-5 with a 3.18 ERA. Dennis Bigley
was also cut after failing to rise out of short-season baseball with Toronto in his two years in the system. The 23-year-old went 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA for Auburn last season, but struggled during spring training. He struggled to pitch in the high 80s and his fastball had very limited movement on it.
The fourth pitcher released was Josh Sowers
. The 23-year-old spent most of the 2006 season with Lansing and went 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA in 34 innings.
The Blue Jays also released four position players on March 23. Catcher Josh Lex
was let go after struggling in the low minors. The 25-year-old batted .238 in 47 games with Pulaski last season.
Third baseman Eric Arnold
was let go after splitting time between Dunedin and New Hampshire last season. The 26-year-old batted .255 with five home runs and twenty-six runs batted at Double-A.
Another infielder that was released was Scott Dragicevich
. The 26-year-old batted .257 in 54 games with Dunedin last season. Trevor Lawhorn
was the final cut victim of the first rounds of cuts. The infielder was sent to the Blue Jays from the Reds in October to complete the August trade for left-hander Scott Schoeneweis
. Lawhorn struggled defensively this spring committing multiple errors in games.
The Blue Jays had a second round of cuts on March 26. Three players saw their Blue Jays career end during that phase. Zach Kalter
was released after just two seasons in the organization. The 22-year-old batted .240 last season with Lansing. 24-year-old right-hander Randy Dicken
was the second player cut. He pitched just 8 2/3 innings last year between Auburn and Lansing and went 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA. The final player cut was fan favorite Christian Snavely
. The 24-year-old batted .228 with 7 home runs and 41 runs batted in last season with Dunedin.
The final week of spring training brings in the annual minor league cuts. This year the Blue Jays have released a total of 11 players in two separate rounds of cuts.