Braves Release Four Minor Leaguers

Deunte Heath's off-field actions outshined his on-field ones.

To get their full season rosters down to their final numbers just before the start of the season last Thursday, the Braves parted with four more Minor League players, including right handed pitcher Deunte Heath, left handed pitcher Francisley Bueno, third baseman Adam Coe and outfielder Anthony Feliz.

Heath made news a few weeks ago when he was arrested during Spring Training on charges of soliciting a prostitute. The Braves immediately suspended him indefinitely, ultimately deciding to cut ties with the promising reliever. Capable of reaching the mid 90s with his fastball, Heath made it all the way to AAA in his three seasons in Atlanta's organization, compiling a 19-20 record, with a 4.29 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 86 games (59 starts).

Bueno, a Cuban defector, made his Major League debut with Atlanta in August of 08, in what would turn out to be his only appearance in the Majors. He pitched effectively as both a starter and a reliever in four seasons with the Braves, split between AA and AAA, with a 12-20 record, a 3.89 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 94 games (55 starts), but had trouble staying healthy the season half of last season.

Coe, who teamed with Braves prospect Cory Rasmus and Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus to win an Alabama High School championship, played well in the GCL as an 18 year old, hitting .269 with a .817 OPS, but failed to pan out afterwards, hitting .254 with just a .690 OPS in four seasons, including hitting just .174 in only 13 games in 09 when he was slowed by a knee injury.

Feliz never managed to make it out of the GCL, hitting .273 with a .735 OPS in 146 games between there and the DSL Braves.

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