The Detroit Tigers released first baseman Ryan Strieby on Monday.
Strieby, a Mountlake Terrace High School graduate, had been playing for Toledo, Detroit’s affiliate in the Class AAA International League.
In 88 games this season Strieby hit .195 with a team-high 13 home runs and 52 RBI.
Strieby, 26, was the Tigers’ fourth-round pick in the 2006 draft out of the University of Kentucky. He was the Southeast Conference player of the year in 2006 when he hit .347 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI.
In 2008 Strieby batted .278 with 29 home runs and 94 RBI at Lakeland in the Class A South Atlantic League and was named the Tigers’ Minor League Player of the Year.
Injuries limited Strieby to just 86 games in 2009 and 76 in 2010. He played 130 games last year at Toledo, batting .255 with 19 home runs 76 RBI.
But during an offseason in which the Tigers signed free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder to a nine-year contract, they removed Strieby from their 40-man major-league roster, mlb.com reported.