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Angels release 39 minor league players

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Luiz Gohara was one of 39 Angels minor league players released in the last week of May.
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The Angels released 39 minor league players in the last week or so, part of a massive release of players across baseball into the hundreds. The combination of some transactions that probably would have happened after spring training and the coronavirus pandemic casting doubt on the viability of even having a minor league season in 2020.

A perusal of transaction logs, and confirmation from J.J. Cooper at Baseball America gives us the full list of Angels minor leaguers released:

Angels minor leaguers released

Luis Peña Luiz Gohara Joey Curletta Dustin Peterson
Jeremy Rhoades Matt Bower Devin Davis Bo Way
Yelmison Peralta Nate Bertness David Clawson
Ryan McKay Max Herrmann Zane Gurwitz
Adam Hofacket Yoel De Leon Keaton Weisz
Daniel Procopio Kelvin Moncion D.C. Arendas
Mayky Perez Kendy Moya
Zack Kelly Ryne Birk
Yeyson Velez Luis Aviles Jr.
Austin Krzeminski Morgan McCullough
Matthew Woods Jose Quezada
Juan Contreras Jean Puntiel
James Varela Cristian Gomez
Galvi Agramonte
Elian Peña
Dazon Cole
Darrien Williams
Andrew Bash

Among the notable minor leaguers released by the Angels was pitcher Luiz Gohara, who was a non-roster invitee in major league camp in Tempe. He was among the first roster cuts during spring training, assigned to minor league camp on March 10. The 23-year-old left-hander missed all of 2019 with a shoulder injury, but just two years ago was a top-100 prospect in baseball, and has 49 strikeouts in 49 major league innings to go with his 5.33 ERA.

Infielder Morgan McCullough, drafted by the Angels just last year in the 22nd round out of Alabama, was among the players released as well. “I did not envision getting let go of less than a year after I signed my first professional contract but a lot of my life has been unexpected so I feel ready to take on this new challenge,” he tweeted on Saturday.

As for the minor leaguers who remain employed by the Angels, it is unknown whether they will continue to be paid a $400 weekly stipend. So far, the A’s are the only major league team to discontinue these payments to minor leaguers after May 31.