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Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:39 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:46 pm
 

12 players taken in Rule 5 Draft

By C. Trent Rosecrans
MLB Winter Meetings

You may have missed it -- and for good reasons -- but 12 players were taken in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, in what usually signals the end of the winter meetings. It was the fewest number of players taken in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft since 2005

The Rule 5 Draft allows teams to take eligible players left unprotected on other teams' 40-man roster for $50,000. A player has to stay on a team's active Major League roster for the entire next season or be offered back to the original club for $25,000. Teams can also work out a trade with their old team to keep the player and send him to the minors. There have been some huge names selected in the Rule 5 Draft, including Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista and Dan Uggla, but more often than not, players don't even make it out of spring training. Chances are one or two of the 12 selected on Thursday will make it on an opening day roster, but it's unlikely any of them will stick, based on previous numbers.

But hey, it happened today and some teams got some guys -- while the Angels added Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. So, who are the 12? Here we go, listed by their new team and their old team in parentheses:

Astros: RHP Rhiner Cruz (Mets) -- A reliever, Cruz when 5-3 with seven saves and a 3.89 ERA at High-A and Double-A.

Twins: RHP Terry Doyle (White Sox) -- Doyle went 8-10 at High-A and Double-A with a 3.07 ERA in 26 starts, striking out 122 and walking 33 in 173 innings.

Mariners: LHP Lucas Luetge (Brewers) -- In his second year in Double-A, he struck out exactly a batter an inning and finsihed with a 3.13 ERA.

Orioles: 2B Ryan Flaherty (Cubs) -- A former first-rounder, the left-handed hitter hit .305/.384/.523 with 14 homers at Double-A, but then struggled at Triple-A, hitting .237/.277/.399 with five home runs.

Yankees: LHP Cesar Cabral (Red Sox) -- Actually picked by the Royals, but traded to the Yankees for cash, Cabral struck out 70 batters in 55 innings, walking 21. He was 3-4 overall in 36 games in relief with a 2.95 ERA at High-A and Double-A.

Cubs: RHP Lendy Castillo (Phillies) -- A former infielder, Castillo started two of his 21 games at Low-A Lakewood in 2011, going 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA, striking out 46 batters in as many innings.

Pirates: SS Gustavo Nunez (Tigers) -- The switch-hitter hit a combined .276/.333/.386 at High-A and Double-A, but struggled at the higher level.

Braves: LHP Robert Fish (Angels) -- Fish throws 95 mph and struck out 44 batters in 33 1/3 innings in Rookie ball and Double-A. Most of his time was spent at Double-A where he was 1-0 with a 3.26 ERA and two saves.

Cardinals: OF Erik Komatsu (Nationals) -- The Nationals acquired the speedy outfielder in the middle of 2011. He hit a combined .277/.367/.382 with seven home runs and 21 stolen bases between two different Double-A teams. 

Red Sox: SS Marwin Gonzalez (Cubs) -- The switch-hitter hit .288/.343/.400 with 30 doubles between Double-A and Triple-A. 

Diamondbacks: RHP Brett Lorin (Pirates) -- The 24-year-old stands 6-foot-7 and went 7-6 with a 2.84 ERA at High-A Bradenton, striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings.

Yankees: RHP Brad Meyers (Nationals) --  The starter pitched at three different levels in 2011, the majority coming at Triple-A, where he was 6-5 with a 3.48 ERA and struck out 74 in 95 2/3 innings.

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:16 am
Edited on: December 9, 2010 9:48 am
 

Selections in Rule 5 Draft

Winter Meetings The Rule 5 draft is underway, and it will go by very fast. Stay tuned right here for the selections teams make as well as some information about said selections. Need a Rule 5 primer on what the draft is all about and what to expect this year? Check C. Trent Rosecrans' breakdown here .

Round 1

Pirates -- SS Josh Rodriguez, CLE

Rodriguez could potentially start for the Pirates. He has an intriguing bat and can play short or second base.

Mariners -- RHP Jose Flores, CLE

A second straight loss for the Indians, Flores had a 2.14 ERA in 42 innings for Class A, whiffing 10.9 batters per nine and walking just 1.5 per nine. A fine pickup.

Diamondbacks: LHP Joe Paterson, SF

As will be a common thread in the draft, Paterson can strike out quite a few people. Impressed in Triple-A as a 24-year-old and has a strong chance of stickig under bullpen guru GM Kevin Towers.

Orioles: RHP Adrian Rosario, MIL

Remember what I said about pitchers who strike out hitters well? Yep. Hard-throwing relievers are very common in the Rule 5.

Royals: RHP Nathan Adcock, PIT

Adcock played at high-Class A as a starter and is an intriguing reach by the Royals.

Nationals: RHP Elvin Ramirez, NYM

He throws hard, pretty much.

Cubs: LHP Mason Tobin, LAA (traded to Rangers )

Did not pitch in 2010 and really hasn't had extended playing time since 2007. A wild card if there ever was one.

Astros: RHP Aneury Rodriguez, TB

The consensus No. 1 pick, Rodriguez is 22 and could eat innings at the back of Houston's rotation.

Brewers: RHP Pat Egan, BAL

Egan can't strike out anyone to save his life and got knocked around in Triple-A but has sensational control.

Mets: 2B Brad Emaus, TOR

Has a solid stick, looks similar to Rodriguez except he's more challenged defensively. Emaus could see a lot of playing time at second alongside Luis Castillo while Ruben Tejeda plies his craft in the farm.

Padres: RHP George Kontos, NYY

Kontos, 25, pitched at the Triple-A level (albeit briefly) and could stick in the middle of the bullpen, but not much to see here.

Twins: LHP Scott Diamond, ATL

Diamond flashes a good curveball and pitches from the south side of the mound.

Yankees: LHP Robert Fish, LAA

Fish got bombed in Double-A but... stop me if you've heard this before... strikes out a lot of batters.

Rays: LHP Cesar Cabral, BOS

A South Atlantic League All-Star, Cabral has punchout ability and four pitches, one of which is a very good changeup.

Phillies: OF Michael Martinez, WAS

Martinez is an old fogey at age 27 but broke out in Triple-A (albeit in only 135 at-bats) for the first time, showing he may have a decent bat. He's likely an emergency fallback for the Phillies who would prefer a better right-handed outfield bat. Martinez is a switch-hitter.

Round 2
Nationals: RHP Brian Broderick, STL

This is another guy who doesn't strike out much but has strong control. Could contend for a spot in the back of Washington's rotation.

Astros: Lance Pendleton, NYY

The 26-year-old spent the bulk of his time in Double-A's rotation for the Yankees sans a brief look at Triple-A, but I can't see him sticking over Rodriguez and it's hard to imagine Houston carrying two Rule 5 picks. A trade on the way?

Mets: RHP Pedro Beato, BAL

The Mets originally drafted Beato but didn't sign him. They now get their man as Beato has emerged as an option in the bullpen after failing as a starter.

Yankees: RHP Daniel Turpen, BOS

Turpen was acquired by the Red Sox in the Ramon Ramirez-to-Giants trade but has near-zero chance of sticking with the club. He's a sidearmer.

There might be a gem or two in here, but most of these names will end right back up with their former club.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:15 am
 

Selections in Rule 5 Draft

Winter Meetings The Rule 5 draft is underway, and it will go by very fast. Stay tuned right here for the selections teams make as well as some information about said selections. Need a Rule 5 primer on what the draft is all about and what to expect this year? Check C. Trent Rosecrans' breakdown here .

Round 1
Pirates -- SS Josh Rodriguez, CLE
Mariners -- RHP Jose Flores, CLE
Diamondbacks: OF Joe Patterson, ARI
Orioles: RHP Adrian Rosario, MIL
Royals: RHP Nathan Adcock, PIT
Nationals: RHP Elvin Ramirez, NYM
Cubs: LHP Mason Tolbin, LAA
Astros: RHP Aneury Rodriguez, TB
Brewers: RHP Pat Egan, BAL
Mets: 2B Brad Enos, TOR
Padres: RHP George Kontos, NYY
Twins: LHP Scott Diamond, ATL
Yankees: LHP Robert Fish, LAA
Rays: LHP Cesar Cabral, BOS
Phillies: OF Michael Martinez, WAS

Round 2
Nationals: RHP Brian Broderick, STL
Astros: Lance Pendleton, NYY
Mets: RHP Pedro Beato, BAL
Yankees: RHP Daniel Turpen, BOS

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 2:45 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:35 am
 

Alderson guarantees new player by end of meetings

Sandy Alderson is adamant that the Mets will have at least one new member of the club by the time the Winter Meetings are out, as ESPN 's Adam Rubin reports.

Even if that one player is a Rule 5 pick.

New York actually may have some strong names to consider in the Rule 5 draft, with the Rays' Aneury Rodriguez likely to be one of the first picks off the board. The Mets need to interject some quality youth into the team, and if Alderson has guaranteed coming away with at least one person, even if by the Rule 5 draft, it's clear that there must be at least a few names in play for Alderson to take.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 20, 2010 10:47 am
 

Cubs to allow Archer to contend for starting spot

Padilla With only Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Randy Wells certain to be part of the Cubs' rotation, that leaves two wide-open spots for competition.

If the Cubs get their way, one such spot will be filled by a veteran free-agent who wants to fill innings (in other news, 29 other teams would like the same) while the final spot will be battled out between internal candidates.

Of those there are plenty what with Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny drawing starts over the course of the past season. Chicago also has rookies Casey Coleman and Thomas Diamond who will battle for a starting spot along with top rookie prospect Chris Archer as ChicagoBreakingSports.com reports.

The 22-year-old finished up a sterling campaign in 2010, posting a 15-3 record and 2.34 ERA between high-Class A and Double A, hurling 142 1/3 innings with 149 whiffs and 65 walks and was just added to the 40-man roster to be protected from the Rule 5 draft.

Archer, who was acquired in the Mark DeRosa trade with St. Louis two years ago, is long on potential but asking someone to pitch in a big-league bullpen who has yet to pitch above Double-A (without a full season there, no less) and has shaky control problems is asking a lot. While Archer's future absolutely belongs in the rotation, the Cubs are likely giving his contention mere lip service unless he arrives in spring training having learned a lesson or two from Silva and starts pumping strikes. With so much competition for a starting spot, there's no reason for the Cubs to start Archer's service-time clock if he's not head and shoulders over every other contender.

One contender Archer would have to get past could be one of Javier Vazquez, Aaron Harang or Vincente Padilla. These names are courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times , which reported that GM Jim Hendry met with the agents of these three pitchers at the GM meetings.

Vazquez is receiving heavy attention from several teams and the Cubs could be such a team that has already offered a lucrative deal , kicking the Marlins out of contention.

Meanwhile, the other two names that the Cubs contacted aren't exactly known for their durability, but Chicago may be viewing Harang as a reclamation project that would cost less dollars and allow the Cubs to spend more money elsewhere. Harang's innings and games started have decreased five years in a row (although the first two years were negligible in difference), hitting 20 starts and 111 2/3 innings this past season for the Reds.

Padilla (pictured), meanwhile, has rehabbed his image in Chavez Ravine, but is far from a durable pitcher. He pitched 200 innings exactly in 2006, making 33 starts. He also cracked the 200-inning barrier from 2002-03, but over the last four years has shown no indication he can ever get back to that barrier. What he could do is give the team 180 quality innings (assuming he does not get hurt) -- and sometimes, 180 quality innings is better than 200 "pretty good" innings.

Brandon Guyer, Kyle Smits and Alberto Cabrera were also added to Chicago's 40-man roster and cannot be selected in the Rule 5 draft.

-- Evan Brunell

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