Today, Major League Baseball held its annual Rule 5 Draft. The Rule 5 Draft takes place around this time every year at the Baseball Winter Meetings.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Rule 5 Draft, here is a great overview courtesy of Baseball America’s Alan Schwarz:
“Major league teams must protect players on their 40-man rosters within three or four years of their original signing. Those left unprotected are available to other teams as Rule 5 picks.
“Players who were 18 or younger on June 5 preceding the signing of their first contract must be protected after four minor league seasons. Players 19 and older must be protected after three seasons.
“But here’s the kicker: To prevent teams from drafting players willy-nilly, each Rule 5 pick must be kept in the major leagues the entire following season or be offered back to his former team for half of the $50,000 selection price. Few players are ready for such a jump, so only about 10-15 get picked each year. Fewer still last the whole season in the big leagues.”
Now you might be thinking why would I care about a draft were the players aren’t good enough to make a team’s 40-man roster? Well, you should care because some of the best players in the game today were taken in the Rule 5 Draft.
Santana was a Rule 5 Draft pick
Johan Santana, Joakim Soria, Shane Victorino, Josh Hamilton, and Dan Uggla are all current players who were taken in the Rule 5 Draft. Past players who were taken include All Stars George Bell, Kelly Gruber, Bobby Bonilla, and Roberto Clemente.
So as you can see, a team can definitely find a diamond in the rough in this draft.
Here is a recap of the major league phase of the Rule 5 Draft:
1. Washington Nationals: Jamie Hoffmann, OF. Drafted from Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Pittsburgh Pirates: John Raynor, OF. Drafted from Florida Marlins
3. Baltimore Orioles: Benjamin Snyder, LHP. Drafted from San Francisco Giants
4. Kansas City Royals: Edgar Osuna, LHP. Drafted from Atlanta Braves
5. Cleveland Indians: Hector Ambriz, RHP. Drafted from Arizona Diamondbacks
6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Zachery Kroenke, LHP. Drafted from New York Yankees
7. New York Mets: Carlos Monasterios, RHP. Drafted from Philadelphia Phillies
8. Houston Astros: Jorge Jimenez, 3B. Drafted from Boston Red Sox
9. Oakland A’s: Robert Cassevah, RHP. Drafted from Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
10. Toronto Blue Jays: Zechry Zinicola, RHP. Drafted from Washington Nationals
11. Milwaukee Brewers: Chuck Lofgren, LHP. Drafted from Cleveland Indians
12. Chicago Cubs: Michael Parisi, RHP. Drafted from St. Louis Cardinals
13. Tampa Bay Rays: Armando Zerpa, LHP. Drafted from Boston Red Sox
14. Seattle Mariners: Kenekoa Texeira, RHP. Drafted from New York Yankees
15. San Francisco Giants: Steven Johnson, RHP. Drafted from Baltimore Orioles
16. St. Louis Cardinals: Ben Jukich, LHP. Drafted from Cincinnati Reds
17. Philadelphia Phillies: David Herndon, RHP. Drafted from Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
A couple of notes about this draft:
– Not every team had a pick because not every team had an open spot on the 40-man roster.
– The Red Sox, Yankees, and Angels had the most players taken with two each.
– The Rule 5 Draft is usually pitching centric and this year was no different. Out of the 17 picks, 14 were pitchers.
– Jamie Hoffmann was traded by the Nationals to the Yankees to complete the Brian Bruney trade.
– Benjamin Snyder was traded by the Orioles to the Rangers to complete the Kevin Millwood trade.
– Jorge Jimenez was traded by the Astros to the Marlins to complete the Matt Lindstrom trade.
– You can find the Triple-A and Double-A phase of the draft here.
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