By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
AT least one Bahamian player was among the hundreds of roster cuts throughout minor league baseball last week amid the uncertainty of the 2020 season and respective franchise’s decisions on continuing payments to players.
Orveo Saint was among 30 players released by the Milwaukee Brewers on May 28 as minor league baseball players continue to experience an unprecedented amount of cuts league wide.
The 20-year-old middle infielder signed with the Brewers in 2017 and spent two seasons in the Arizona Rookie League.
In 59 games, he hit .152 with 47 hits, a .604 OPS, three home runs, 21 RBI and nine stolen bases.
As per the Brewers media guide, he underwent left wrist surgery last October.
Also this offseason, Todd Isaacs Jr was released from the Colorado Rockies organisation on April 7. He spent the bulk of last season in Grand Junction at the Rookie Level but also received the highest call-up of his career when he was called up to the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
The minor league baseball season was officially suspended in April but the MLB pledged to offer players financial support through May 31 as the COVID-19 pandemic continued. Beyond May, clubs were given the individual decision on how or if they would financially support their rosters.
A total of 16 Bahamians are currently contracted to minor league deals. Prior to the suspension of all baseball activity, just two of those players received their assignments for the upcoming season.
Over 200 players were cut Friday and more than 400 have been released over the past month, according to transactions posted at MiLB.com.
According to Yahoo Sports, lower-level players were hit hardest by cuts, with at least 172 players released from the rookie-level Gulf Coast, Arizona and Dominican Summer Leagues.