Travis Snider has been released by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 2006 Jackson High School graduate and eight-year Major League Baseball veteran signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks in January, and he was in spring training with the team when baseball operations shut down in March because of the coronavirus outbreak. Arizona has not announced the minor-league players it’s released, but Snider’s release is listed as a May 22 transaction on the Pacific Coast League website.
Snider, 32, is a power-hitting outfielder who led Jackson to an undefeated season and state championship as a senior before being selected 14th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2006 draft. He has played in 630 major-league games with a .244 career batting average and 54 home runs, though the last time he appeared in the majors was in 2015 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He spent all of last season with the Reno Aces, Arizona’s Triple-A affiliate, with whom he batted .294 with 11 homers runs and 41 RBI in 93 games.
Major-league teams reportedly released a large number of minor-league players prior to June 1, with the likelihood of the minor-league season being canceled. The status of other Snohomish County products in the minors — such as Archbishop Murphy grad Trever Morrison (St. Louis), Arlington grad Ryan Walker (San Francisco), Marysville Pilchuck grad Trent Tingelstad (Seattle) and Cascade grad Austin Pinorini (Cleveland) — was not known.