The time of camp where prospects avoid Matheny has arrived

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by Brian Feldman / BaseballStL | @BFeldman

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Posted on March 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 5:05 PM

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JUPITER, Fla. -- It's inevitable.  When you bring around 60 players to Major League camp and can only keep 25 players are going to get cut.  Guys are going to get sent to the minors whether they like it or not.

Some will be disappointed because they truly had a chance to make the big club.  Others won't be surprised at all because they knew they were just there to get experience in the first place.

But that doesn't mean anyone enjoys getting told to go to the minor league portion of the Roger Dean complex.

"Every time they see me walk through they try and hide," Mike Matheny said. "There's a couple that I try and find just because I need to talk to them and they just flat disappear.  It's unbelievable. It's like if they take their time I'll forget about it.  

"I've been there so I understand it.  You show up wondering if I'm going to get meal money today?  Am I going to stick around a little while?  That's not the way you want to go about camp.  You want to make the most of it but you're human so you start putting numbers together and you start playing Junior GM instead of doing your job," Matheny said. 

Just because you get cut doesn't mean it's the end of your career.  Sometimes going down to the minor leagues for further development could be the best thing to happen to a young prospect that aspires to make the big leagues.

"They see this camp then they look over and see that one (the Marlins) and they realize this one's a really good one to be in," Matheny said.

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