The MiLB release process is a traumatic event for a number of reasons. Whether you know it or not, March is a busy month for MiLB players.
Because a number of Clubs release dozens and dozens of players in March, I wanted to share a few points of hope:
- It is not uncommon to get re-signed by the team that just cut a player, or
- This isn’t the end to your job as a professional baseball player.
MiLB Release: Do this Next
Before you complete your exit physical and accept transportation, consider doing this:
- Ask for video work from your past performances and workouts,
- Batters should ask for specific analytics like:
- Exit velocity,
- Landing charts, and
- Launch angles, etc.
- Pitchers should ask for their specific analytics too like:
- Spin rates,
- Perceived speeds, and
MiLB Release: Don’t Do This
Because it is not unusual for a player to get resigned (sometimes months down the road) by the Club that released them, do not go crazy.
In other words, never unleash your inner beast because you were released. Instead, respond like a professional and ask
What can I do to get better and be more valuable to the Club?
Of course, this is easier said than done. On the other hand, it is important. You are a big enough baseball fan to know that players (including HOF players) get signed, traded and released consistently. If Babe Ruth can get released by the Orioles before turning into a hall of fame player, so can you.
MiLB Release: Why March is a Popular Month
I wish it wasn’t the case, but certain Major League teams release players in March as a habit. Sometimes minor league clubs get contracted. Other times, players from foreign minor league teams are pushed upward.
In case you are wondering, the second wave of releases happens around draft time. None the less, I agree that March is unfair because you put in a ton of work over the offseason.
Luckily, you are going to use this moment to grow as a player and prove everybody wrong.