JUPITER, Fla. -- A former second-round pick, a one-time Spring Training sensation and a potential hometown hero were all released by the Cardinals from Minor League camp on Thursday. First baseman Mike Ferris, right-handed reliever Dennis Dove and lefty Eric Haberer were the biggest names on a list of 15 Minor Leaguers released.
Ferris, 25, was a second-round Draft selection out of Miami University in 2004, after he slugged 24 home runs for the Redhawks. However, his bat never translated in pro ball, and Ferris completed his career in the St. Louis organization with a .218 average, a .316 on-base percentage and a .355 slugging percentage.
Dove, 26, was a third-round pick out of Georgia Southern University in 2003. He moved slowly up the ladder as a starter before he was converted to relief work in 2006. The transition took, and in the spring of '07, he wowed the Cardinals with his power arsenal. He made seven appearances for the 2007 Cardinals before shoulder troubles sidelined him. Dove returned this year but was throwing with much less velocity.
A native of Bloomington, Ill., and a product of Southern Illinois University, Haberer was a third-round pick in 2004. He pitched exceptionally well at times and consistently limited home runs, but in 2007 he had a 1-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He went 34-28 with a 3.97 ERA in the St. Louis system.
Also released on Thursday were outfielder Will Groff, catcher Chris Grossman, catcher Gerard Haran, pitcher Steven A. Hill, second baseman Brandon Johnson, pitcher Marcus Markray, outfielder Jose Ramirez, catcher/first baseman Christian Reyes, catcher Robert Sanzillo, infielder Jared Schweitzer, pitcher Ray Silva and catcher Scott Thomas.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.