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Friday, 22 March 2013 14:15

Red Sox release several minor leaguers on Friday

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BOS #With spring training games almost coming to an end, the Boston Red Sox have released several minor league players that weren't seen as part of the future or didn't perform well enough to land a spot this season in the Red Sox system. According to Jonathan Singer from SoxProspects.com, Boston released catcher Adalberto Ibarra, right handed pitcher's Sully Bonnelly and Oscar Melendez as well as left handed pitcher Richardo Betancourt.Within the next week or so, there will be several more minor league players released from camp and out of this bunch the most noticeable name is Ibarra, who some thought in the organization could be a dependable backup catcher in the major leagues down the line. Ibarra signed a $ 750,000 signing bonus with the Red Sox in July 2010 but suffered through a lot of shoulder injuries during his career.He was expected to have to beat out both catcher's Christian Vazquez and Matt Spring for playing time this season in Double-A Portland. Ibarra had some power potential but in three seasons never hit a single home run and is going to be turning 26 on April 3, meaning the ceiling for him to make an impact at the major leagues wasn't very good.Bonnelly, Melendez and Betancourt all were long shots to make the GCL Red Sox team this summer and all haven't progressed up the Boston minor league system despite putting up decent numbers. Follow our CLNS Red Sox coverage on Twitter here:Follow me on Twitter here: