Braves release prospect Elmer Reyes, charged with rape, kidnapping

Baseball The Braves have released Elmer Reyes, a minor leaguer who was arrested in May and charged with rape and kidnapping.Reyes has not played for Triple-A Gwinnett since May 22, the night the alleged incident occurred. According to police, Reyes met the victim and another woman after a game in Columbus, Ohio, and the pair agreed to accompany him to a bar. MORE: Disgraced athletes: Where they went wrong | Most heinous crimes connected to athletesThe woman said Reyes then paid for a hotel room because he didn't want the women to drive after they had been drinking. One of the women fell asleep upon entering the room, and Reyes allegedly pinned the other to the bed and forced her to have intercourse. Court records show Reyes waived his right to a preliminary hearing, but prosecutors still have not presented the case

to a grand jury for indictment. They have a Sept. 1 deadline to do so. Reyes has been out on $50,000 bond since shortly after his arrest.Baseball America rated the 24-year-old infielder the No. 29 prospect in the Braves' system following last season.

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