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Thursday, December 08, 2005
Rule 5 Madness!
Well, the title of this entry is considerably more exciting than this year’s draft turned out to be. In the Major League portion of the draft, several teams used the draft to pilfer other free agents signed to minor-league contracts. The Royals lose both Etherton and Victor Santos almost as quickly as they signed them, which is unfortunate as both could have been useful to the team. Etherton and Booker both go into pretty nice situations - they’re extreme flyballers that now play in big outfields with good defensive players. Curveball God and BTF Fave Andrade gets a shot at a major league job, too.
Fabio Castro is the biggest name of the rest of the group - a young reliever with a decent fastball, curve, and sinker, and small enough that David Eckstein could probably beat him up. Jumping a lot of levels in the minors is hard, though. The Rockies pick up another Luis Gonzalez in the Rule 5, but this one isn’t ready and will get killed when he can find the plate.
The Marlins take Mike Megrew and Dan Uggla. Megrew isn’t an elite pitching prospect, but he had a lot of success in the Florida State League. He doesn’t have the big fastball you’d expect from a guy his size and missed most of the year with shoulder problems, so it’s clear why the Dodgers didn’t protect him. The Marlins simply have an unbelievable amount of arms now - they’re going to have an All-Star rotation in 3 years just by brute force. Uggla could fall into a job on the team solely due to the fact that the Marlins don’t have much infield depth. Uggla’s quite mediocre defensively at 2nd and 3rd - his upside is probably the New Mark Lewis.
Jamie Vermilyea has no chance to go north with the Sox in April, but with the Jays’ 40-man roster as tight unless they start clearing out some 1B/3B guys, the Sox will probably keep him and send him to Pawtucket.
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