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.


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