(PHOENIX) - Speedy centerfielder Dave Krynzel, a No. 1 draft pick who roamed center field for the Huntsville Stars during the 2003 season, was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Krynzel had appeared in just four games this year for the Class AAA-Tucson (PCL) Sidewinders, all as a pinch-hitter. He hit .232 in 69 at-bats for Tucson last year with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs.
Known for his flashy play and speed in center and remembered for his exciting glovework, Krynzel, the Brewers' top draft pick in 2000, was in his 9th season as a pro. He hit .267 in 124 games for the Stars in 2003 and was named as a mid-season All-Star outfielder. He stole 43 bases, but was caught stealing a club-record 21 times as well.
After hitting .276 in 69 games at Class AAA-Nashville (PCL) in 2004, he was called up to the majors, where he hit .220 in 41 at-bats for Milwuakee. He went 0-for-7 in a major league call-up to Milwaukee the next year and was traded to Arizona with pitcher Doug Davis in a 6-player deal following the end of the 2006 season after hitting .231 at Nashville.
The Brewers hoped to take advantage of Krynzel's speed by utilizing him in the leadoff position, but he drew too few walks (he never walked more than 64 times a season, and that was his first season at Class A-High Desert in the California League), didn't hit for a big average (.276 at Indy was his best after he left Huntsville), and struck out more than 100 times in 5 of his 8 seasons.
Krynzel, 26, owns minor league .268/.346/.399 averages and 199 steals,.