Puello was granted his release by the Rangers on Thursday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Puello had six home runs in 43 games this season, but his .247 batting average and 21.2 percent strikeout rate led him to request his release. The 26-year-old hasn't been able to pick up too much traction in the upper levels of the minor leagues during his career, so it's tough to see him being anything more than an organizational depth piece if he can find another team this season.
Puello is just 1-for-12 (.083) with one home run and three RBI in nine games this spring.
The 25-year-old was never really in contention to make the 25-man roster, and he surely isn't helping his case so far this spring. He'll likely serve as organizational depth in the minors to start the season.
Puello is dealing with minor leg soreness and will take it easy in workouts Wednesday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
It doesn't seem to be anything to worry about at this point. The 25-year-old NRI hit .283 with 31 RBI last season for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is competing for a reserve role in the Rangers' outfield. Consider him day-to-day.
Puello is not without prospect pedigree, as he was one of the top players in the Mets' system back in 2013 before he was suspended 50 games for his ties to the Biogenesis clinic. Since then, however, he has failed to produce at a solid clip relative to his level. He hit .283/.413/.404 with five home runs and 18 steals in 78 games for the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate last year, but at 25, those numbers don't move the needle. Look for him to provide organizational outfield depth at the Triple-A level.
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|2010||AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats||109||404||80||118||22||1||1||34||32||82||45||10||.375||.359||.292|
|2011||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||117||441||67||114||21||5||10||50||18||103||19||9||.313||.397||.259|
|2012||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||66||227||36||59||17||4||4||21||7||58||19||2||.328||.423||.260|
|2014||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||105||318||59||80||20||2||7||37||30||72||13||1||.355||.393||.252|