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Thursday, December 10, 2020

MLB Rule 5 Draft: 17 names to know

The draft is at noon ET today.

Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 Draft is a tradition unlike any other in professional sports. Every December, teams close out the Winter Meetings by evaluating and sometimes selecting players who meet certain criteria and who haven’t been granted a spot on a 40-man roster.  This year’s Rule 5 Draft (to be held on Thursday, Dec. 10) will stray from convention in two notable ways. For one, it’ll be held virtually; for another, it’ll proceed despite there being no minor-league season.

Both of those aspects are, obviously, in response to the global pandemic.

For those who are unfamiliar with the process, here’s more information concerning eligibility and how everything works:

Players who signed at 18 or younger and have played at least five professional seasons are eligible, as are players who signed at 19 or older and have played at least four professional seasons. All players who are on a 40-man roster are ineligible for the draft—hence top prospects being added well ahead of their debuts.

Teams pay $100,000 per selection to the player’s old team, and then must keep that player on the 25-man roster for the duration of the season. If the team decides against keeping the player on the active roster all year, then the player must be sent to the waiver-wire. Should they pass through unclaimed, they then must be offered back to their old team for $50,000. (There’s also a minor-league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, but we’re not going to concern ourselves with that.)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2020 at 11:11 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2020 at 12:26 PM (#5993533)
First Round

1. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jose Soriano (Angels)
2. Texas Rangers: Brett de Geus (Dodgers)
3. Detroit Tigers: Akil Baddoo (Twins)
4. Boston Red Sox: Garrett Whitlock (Yankees)
5. Baltimore Orioles: Mac Sceroler (Reds)
6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Zach Pop (Orioles)
7. Kansas City Royals: Pass
8. Colorado Rockies: Jordan Sheffield (Dodgers)
9. Los Angeles Angels: Jose Rivera (Astros)
10. New York Mets: Luis Oviedo (Indians)
11. Washington Nationals: Pass
12. Seattle Mariners: Will Vest (Tigers)
13. Philadelphia Phillies: Kyle Holder (Yankees)
14. San Francisco Giants: Dedniel Nunez (Mets)
15. Houston Astros: Pass
16. Milwaukee Brewers: Pass
17. Miami Marlins: Paul Campbell (Rays)
18. Cincinnati Reds: Pass
19. St. Louis Cardinals: Pass
20. Toronto Blue Jays: No 40-man roster space
21. New York Yankees: Pass
22. Chicago Cubs: Gray Fenter (Orioles)
23. Chicago White Sox: Pass
24. Cleveland Indians: Trevor Stephan (Yankees)
25. Atlanta Braves: Pass
26. Oakland Athletics: Ka’ai Tom (Indians)
27. Minnesota Twins: Pass
28. San Diego Padres: No 40-man roster space
29. Tampa Bay Rays: Pass
30. Los Angeles Dodgers: Pass

Second Round

5. Baltimore Orioles: Tyler Wells (Twins)
26. Oakland Athletics: Dany Jimenez (Blue Jays)
   2. Der-K's tired of these fruits from poisoned trees Posted: December 10, 2020 at 12:30 PM (#5993537)
surprised that the dodgers left shea unprotected for the aaa phase

this year's minor league phase might be impacted by the loss of short season ball - teams have to decide who to keep and who to ditch more generally and where they can stash projects.
   3. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 10, 2020 at 01:20 PM (#5993546)
Looks like Friedman is vindicated with respect to leaving Omar Esteves unprotected, but had two others picked among the top 8. Hopefully we don’t get burned. I still remember Shane Victorino getting poached in the rule 5. Good thing I’m not old enough to have seen Roberto Clemente.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 10, 2020 at 02:11 PM (#5993567)
6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Zach Pop (Royals)
Will presumably be changed to Zach Soda now that he's out of the midwest.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2020 at 02:42 PM (#5993576)
Ha, it should actually say "Orioles", Pop was in Baltimore's org.
   6. DL from MN Posted: December 10, 2020 at 02:49 PM (#5993578)
Not sure if Akil Baddoo will stick with the Tigers for a full season. Probably depends on how many roster spots teams get this year.

Tyler Wells should be ready to help the Orioles.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: December 10, 2020 at 03:02 PM (#5993588)
Anybody know anything about Gray Fenter whom the Cubs picked up. I am not amused that a guy not good enough for the O's 40-man might be helpful to the Cubs but I'm not surprised.
   8. Zonk demands an audit of your post Posted: December 11, 2020 at 09:48 AM (#5993700)
Pop was part of the Machado trade - he was a prototypical "closer of the future", but I think he's had injury issues (IIRC, he was slated to miss most of 2020 even beyond the pandemic?).

I also like the Jordan Sheffield pick - he's struggled to learn to throw strikes, but he's got a live arm, he's 25 and it's a good now or never pick.

Ka'ai Tom can be a moderately useful backup OF...

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