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Astros take Rhiner Cruz from Mets with top pick in Rule 5 draft

Dec 8, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

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This morning’s Rule 5 draft wasn’t very exciting, as a total of just 12 players were selected from an available talent pool that nearly everyone seemed to agree was somewhat underwhelming.

With the No. 1 pick the Astros selected right-hander Rhiner Cruz from the Mets. He was originally signed by the Tigers as a teenager out of the Dominican Republic in 2004, but they released Cruz in 2006 and he’s been in the Mets’ farm system ever since.

Prior to the draft John Manuel of Baseball America pegged Cruz as someone likely to be selected, noting that his “fastball touches the upper 90s.” However, his results between high Single-A and Double-A this year were mediocre, particularly for a 24-year-old, as Cruz threw 72 innings with a 3.89 ERA and 69/45 K/BB ratio working exclusively as a reliever.

With Cruz off the board the Twins selected 25-year-old right-hander Terry Doyle from the White Sox, adding to their always plentiful collection of control pitchers with low-90s velocity and poor strikeout rates.

Here are all the selections:

1. RHP Rhiner Cruz (Astros, from Mets)

2. RHP Terry Doyle (Twins, from White Sox)

3. RHP Lucas Luetge (Mariners, from Brewers)

4. 3B/OF Ryan Flaherty (Orioles, from Cubs)

5. LHP Cesar Cabral (Royals, from Red Sox)

6. RHP Lendy Castillo (Cubs, from Phillies)

8. SS Gustavo Nunez (Pirates, from Tigers)

21. LHP Robert Fish (Braves, from Angels)

22. OF Eric Komatsu (Cardinals, from Nationals)

23. 3B Marwin Gonzalez (Red Sox, from Cubs)

25. RHP Brett Lorin (Diamondbacks, from Pirates)

29. RHP Brad Meyers (Yankees, from Nationals)

  1. rambodiaz - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    I’ll never forget where I was when I heard the Pirates call Gustavo Nunez’s name on the MLB.com live feed…

    • cmutimmah - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      LOL If the Tigers had a farm system, maybe there would be hope that there’s a diamond in the rough… but nah.

  2. pkiguy22 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    RHP Terry Doyle. Sounds like the name of the bad guy in an Adam Sandler movie.

  3. docktorellis - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    “…the Twins selected 25-year-old right-hander Terry Doyle from the White Sox, adding to their always plentiful collection of control pitchers with low-90s velocity and poor strikeout rates.”

    i know it’s just a rule 5 pick, but this sentence made me want to drink, and it’s way to early to start drinking.

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