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Rule 5 draft results: Fields, Rondon, Rosenbaum, Pressly, McGuinness are top picks

Dec 6, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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I wrote a little something about the Astros selecting right-hander Josh Fields from the Red Sox with the first pick in the Rule 5 draft and here are all the picks:

1. Astros – Josh Fields, RHP (Red Sox)
2. Cubs – Hector Rondon, RHP (Indians)
3. Rockies – Daniel Rosenbaum, LHP (Nationals)
4. Twins – Ryan Pressley, RHP (Red Sox)
5. Indians – Chris McGuinness, 1B (Rangers)
6. Marlins – Alfredo Silverio, OF (Dodgers)
7. Red Sox – Jeff Kobernus, 2B (Nationals)
10. Mets – Kyle Lobstein, RHP (Rays)
14. Diamondbacks – Starling Peralta, RHP (Cubs)
15. Phillies – Ender Inciarte, OF (Diamondbacks)
17. White Sox – Angel Sanchez, SS (Angels)
23. Orioles – T.J. McFarland, RHP (Indians)
24. Rangers – Coty Woods, RHP (Rockies)
31. Astros – Nate Freiman, 1B (Padres)
36. Marlins – Brauilo Lara, LHP (Rays)

So the Astros and Marlins are the only teams to pick two players and 17 of the 30 teams passed on selecting anyone. If you’re looking for in-depth analysis on any of those guys besides Fields the place to go is Baseball America.

Any players selected must remain on the new team’s 25-man roster for the entire season or be offered back to the original team for half of the $50,000 selection fee.

(Thanks to Zachary Levine of Baseball Prospectus for the Rule 5 sign photo.)

  1. phillytj - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    So the Phils expect their pick to make the jump from A ball to the majors? Why waste $25k?

    • pmcenroe - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      No they will likely use ST to evaluate him. Then either send him back or swing a trade so they can keep him and send him down

      • natstowngreg - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        Yeah, that seems to be what most teams do. In today’s baseball talent market, $25K is a pittance to pay for the chance to find the next Roberto Clemente, Johan Santana, or George Bell.

        [Yes, Roberto Clemente was a Rule V pick. The Pirates took him from the Dodgers’ organization in the 1954 draft.]

      • paperlions - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Victorino and Hamilton were also Rule V guys….but since then the rules changed to add one more year of MiLB service time to the requirements to be Rule V eligible, which has really reduced the value of the draft.

  2. hermie13 - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    TJ McFarland is a LHP.

    • lessick - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      Kyle Lobstein is also a LHP.

  3. kkolchak - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Nats “lose” two for the second straight season. They must be doing something right if other teams want so many players they didn’t even protect. :)

    • natstowngreg - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      Think it was Earl Weaver who said, “deep depth.” That’s what the Na6ts have.

      It would have been nice to keep Rosenbaum for organizational SP depth. Kobernus has an outside chance of starting for someone at 2B eventually; more likely, he will be a utility guy. The Nats’ organization is stacked at 2B, so he’s not that big a loss. Of course, either or both may return at some point.

      Adam Kilgore said that Rizzo and Davey checked out of the hotel before the draft, because they had done what they wanted there. Filled a rotation hole and got a CF. Moves still need to be made, but they can be made later. Rizzo said that they didn’t have room on the 40-man roster for a Rule V pick.

  4. sdelmonte - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    FYI, Adam Rubin reports that Lobstein was acquired as part of a low level deal with the Tigers.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Yes, I was going to point out that per the Tigers’ twitter feed they took Lobstein & Kobernus, so they were wrongly omitted from the list of participants here.

      • jwbiii - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        They traded for them. The Mets drafted Lobstein from the Rays; the Tigers paid cash for him. The Red Sox drafted Kobernus from the Nationals; the Tigers traded Justin Henry for him. Justin Henry is kind of a AAA Brent Lillibridge. He’ll be 28 in April.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        Ah, yes, a follow up tweet clarified.

  5. jwbiii - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Red Sox trade Jeff Kobernus to the Tigers. He made no sense as the Sox have some middle infielders who can’t hit much. With the Tigers, he joins their mess at 2b and has a chance to make it.

    • hk62 - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Kobernus wasn’t the best 2B available in the Rule 5 either – but DET thinking Utility Man and likes his speed. OAK and SD had better 2B’s available..

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Daniel Rosenbaum? Definitely
    Kyle Lobstein? Maybe
    Josh Fields? Slightly less likely
    Ender Inciarte? Not a chance.

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