Philadelphia Phillies Release Aaron Heilman and Jack Cust

The Philadelphia Phillies have released reliever Aaron Heilman and designated hitter/outfielder Jack Cust from their Triple-A affiliate, as first reported by MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

Heilman, 32, signed with the Phillies last month on a minor-league deal after being released by the Arizona Diamondbacks last month. The reliever pitched to a 6.88 ERA in 35.1 innings for Arizona, but the peripheral numbers were much stronger. However, Heilman did not help his cause in the minor leagues, posting an ERA above 8 with a 1.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Like Heilman, Jack Cust signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies after being released by the Seattle Mariners earlier this month. The former first round selection hit .213/.344/.329 with 3 homers in 270 plate appearances before being let go by the Mariners. In 23 plate appearances for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Cust hit .250/.348/.500 with 1 homer. He didn't get much of an opportunity in the Phillies organization, only lasting eight days after the signing.

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