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Giants Release Nolan Arenado's Younger Brother From Their Double-A Team

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20:  A detailed view of the batting helmet belonging to Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants lays on the field during a game against the New York Mets at AT&T Park on August 20, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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It wouldn't get much attention for any big league team to release a former 16th-rounder from their Double-A squad, but given the family connections here, this one stands out.

On Saturday, the San Francisco Giants released third baseman Jonah Arenado, the younger brother of Colorado Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado.

The younger Arenado was drafted out of El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. by the Giants back in 2013, and in 667 career minor league games he slashed .249/.292/.372 with 143 doubles, 48 home runs and 307 RBI.

In 112 games for the Richmond Flying Squirrels this year, Arenado slashed .243/.296/.328 with four home runs and 36 RBI.

Those numbers aren't going to get it done at any level, so you can understand why the Giants cut bait and moved on from him despite his older brother being one of the best third baseman of his generation.