Giants release 13 minor leaguers

Former Rockies first -rounder Casey Weathers was one, as was local product Ryan Cavan.

The Giants released a mixture of youngsters and minor-league veterans on Wednesday, with 13 cuts coming in all. Henry Schulman broke the news and Conner Penfold fleshed out the names, lest we think Pat Rapp and Dan Otero were re-released.

The players, in alphabetical order:

Drew Bowlin
Stephen Branca
Ryan Cavan
Paul Davis
Christian Diaz
Renzo Frietes
Shayne Houck
Joseph Rapp
Cristian Otero
Leo Rojas
Luis Rojas
Justin Schumer
Mark Teahen
Casey Weathers

Or, if you want a little more information ...

Drew Bowlin
Reliever drafted in 23rd round in 2007

Stephen Branca
24-year-old utility player who was in Augusta last year

Ryan Cavan
Local kid, 26-year-old middle infielder who had stellar short-season debut in 2009

Paul Davis
Picked in the 17th round of the 2011 draft, a 22-year-old swingman who pitched at Augusta last year

Christian Diaz
The outfielder was an 11th-rounder in 2011, didn't play in 2013

Renzo Friete
21-year-old reliever who never made it out of rookie ball

Shayne Houck
The 29th-round pick in 2012. Corner infielder had great rookie-ball numbers, but was 22 at the time

Joseph Rapp
24-year-old corner infielder who played at Augusta last year after being drafted in the 28th round in 2012

Cristian Otero
2011 draftee out of Puerto Rico (18th round) who played middle infield, last for Salem-Keizer

Luis Rojas
24-year-old reliever orginally in the Mets' organization.
(Edit: The original version of this story said Leo Rojas was released. Apologies.)

Justin Schumer
25-year-old who started 17 games for Augusta last year

Mark Teahen
Guy I would have traded Sergio Romo for back in 2006

Casey Weathers
Reliever picked by the Rockies three picks before Madison Bumgarner in the first round of the 2007 draft

Best of luck to all of the players, and hopefully they'll catch on somewhere. Steven Goldman reminded me of this cat the other day:

June 9, 1962: Signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent.

November 26, 1962: Drafted by the Washington Senators from the Cleveland Indians in the 1962 first-year draft.

August 4, 1964: Sent to the Baltimore Orioles to complete an earlier deal made on March 31, 1964 for Buster Narum.

March 10, 1966: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Cleveland Indians for Cam Carreon.

October 15, 1968: Drafted by the Seattle Pilots from the Cleveland Indians as the 28th pick in the 1968 expansion draft.

April 1, 1969: Traded by the Seattle Pilots to the Kansas City Royals for John Gelnar and Steve Whitaker.

No one wanted Lou Piniella, Rookie of the Year and All-Star. Probably because he was too loud. But if you're looking for a positive spin, young players ...

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