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2011 Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Stephen Marek Highlights Second Round Of Spring Cuts

The Braves have announced a second round of cuts today prior to the 6:05 game against the Nationals.

Cory Gearrin, Stephen Marek, Anthony Varvaro optioned to AAA Gwinnett.

Yohan Flande, Wilkin Castillo, Shawn Bowman, Brent Clevlen, Jose Constanza assigned to minor league camp.

The one most talked about and the most surprising is Marek. The reliever was thought to have a decent chance at the last spot in the bullpen, and he really impressed in his spring outings, but he got a pretty quick hook. This means the obvious choice for the spot is Scott Proctor, who is probably worse than Marek and has no future on the Braves. Makes sense to me.

Gearrin and Varvaro weren't going to make the team out of camp. Gearrin had a poor spring, but I'm sure it doesn't change the organization's view on him. Varvaro is still a work in progress and showed that in his last few innings.

Those assigned to minor league camp were expected. We didn't see much of Flande; Castillo received a large amount of at bats and looked pretty good; Bowman is minor league filler; Clevlen continues to trudge along in AAA; Constanza had a very, very outside chance at a roster spot, but he didn't exactly impress in his at bats. He's just fast.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.