Astros release former No. 1 pick Sapp
Astros general manager Ed Wade said the club has released former first-round Draft pick Max Sapp.
Sapp, a catcher drafted in 2006 out of Bishop Moore High School near Orlando, nearly died following the 2008 season following a severe battle with meningitis.
He missed all of the 2009 season and couldn’t get on the field this year. He was a career .224 hitter in 210 career Minor League games.
“It became apparent that he would physically be unable to perform,” Wade said.
Sapp received a $1.4 million signing bonus when he signed.