Detroit released three infielders from the organization, including Jorge Patino, Miguel Linares, and Mark Haske, along with outfielder Ryan Seawell. Patino has struggled to establish himself since signing with the Tigers in July 2002. After struggling as a 17-year old in the States, the Tigers sent Patino back to the Dominican Summer League, where he was named a DSL All-Star following his .327/.385/.386 performance. Spending the last three years working up the middle for the Oneonta Tigers, Patino had plateaued; posting a combined .259/.306/.310 line in 113 games.
Miguel Linares has been a confusing case for a couple of months now, with reports of his release surfacing late last season, and continuing throughout the off-season. It is finally a done deal, as the struggling shortstop will seek work elsewhere. After signing in late 2003, Linares appeared to be showing signs of life in his second pro season, logging a .279/.319/.412 line during his second stint with the GCL Tigers. It was all down hill from there, as over the next two seasons, Linares would not see his average climb above the proverbial Mendoza line, finishing with a career .521 OPS in 189 games.
A 23rd round pick out of the University of Cincinnati in 2005, infielder Mark Haske had yet to see things click for him as a pro player. After bouncing around during his collegiate career, Haske appeared to have luck on his side heading into the draft; completing an unassisted triple play against South Florida during his senior year. Despite solid defense and some decent contact abilities, Haske just didn’t have the offensive punch to keep up with the new glut of middle infielders now found throughout the organization.
Seawell joined the Tigers as an undrafted free agent last summer, having completed a successful career for the Stanford Cardinal. Following both his junior and senior seasons, Seawell was named 2nd Team All-PAC 10 All-Academic, and completed his career with a solid .299/.400/.430 line. Assigned to help provide a veteran stick to the Oneonta lineup, Ryan managed to hit .278 in 33 games, while ripping eight doubles.
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