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March 31, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Red Sox continue minor league cuts, release Matt Phillips, Jason Place and Willie Holmes

SoxProspects sources have confirmed that the Red Sox continued their minor league cuts today by releasing outfielders Jason Place and Willie Holmes, and left-handed pitcher Matt Phillips.

Place, 22, was Boston's first selection (#27 overall) in the 2006 amateur draft. Highly-touted leading up the draft, Place was never able to put together any success as a member of the Red Sox organization due to injuries and poor performance. In five minor league seasons, Place hit .234/.315/.390 with 47 home runs and 218 RBI.

Phillips, 23, was signed as a minor league free agent in June of last year. In twelve outings for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox last summer, Phillips was 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA, striking out 19 in 23 innings.

Holmes, 23, was originally selected by the Red Sox in the 14th round of the 2009 amateur draft. In two seasons with the Boston organization, Holmes hit .247/.332/.419 with 8 home runs and 41 RBI in just 63 games.