ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.: Columbus outfielder Trevor Crowe was released this afternoon, marking another wasted No. 1 draft choice.
Crowe appeared in only 38 Triple-A games, compiling a batting average of .250 with three home runs and 12 RBI.
He underwent shoulder surgery in spring training of 2011, and lost virtually the entire season, though he was called up to the big leagues Sept. 7 and went 6-for-28 in 15 games.
The previous season, Crowe did a credible job as the Tribe’s No. 4 outfilder, batting .251 with 24 doubles, two homers and 36 RBI in 122 games.
Even though the Indians desperately needed an outfielder after Grady Sizemore suffered a knee injury early in spring training, Crowe was totally ignored. It was clear as early as March that he no longer was in their plans.
Crowe, 28, was the club’s first-round choice in 2005, the 14th overall pick.