As Spring Training comes to end, an organization not only sets its roster at the big league level, but also pieces together each minor league team within the organization. The Padres thinned their farm system, releasing several players, including 2009 2nd rounder OF Everett Williams. The other players that were released were: 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones, 3B Chris Burke, 3B Clint Moore and OF Malquiel Brito. The transactions were reported by Matt Eddy of Baseball America.
Williams was drafted after another Padre bust in Donavan Tate. Williams was given a $750,000 bonus, when he was drafted out of high school in Austin, Texas. Williams never hit much in the Padres system, posted a triple-slash line of .249/.314/.356, with 13 homers and 150 RBI's in 317 games. Williams, who is still just 23, reached AA last season.
A.J. Kirby-Jones, a first baseman, came over to the Padres organization with pitcher Tyson Ross, in exchange for Andy Parrino and Andrew Werner. Jones hit .250 last year with Lake Elsinore and San Antonio.
Chris Burke, a third baseman out of Iona, was the Padres 18th round pick in 2012. Last year, Burke spent the majority of the year with Low-A Fort Wayne, but also played for High-A Lake Elsinore, AA San Antonio and AAA Tucson. He combined for a pretty decent slash-line of .295/.360/.406, in 76 games.
Clint Moore, is a former Army Lieutenant who hasn't played a game in the Padres system since 2011, when he suited up for the Eugene Emeralds. Corey Brock had this really cool story about Moore a few weeks ago.
Brito, is a 20-year old from the Dominican Republic. He saw time in Eugene last year.