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Russell Wilson — yes that one — and 44 players you’ve never heard of taken in Rule 5 draft

Dec 12, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

The Rule 5 draft took place this morning. It’s traditionally the last thing that happens at the Winter Meetings, so there’s a bittersweet element to it I suppose. We all have to go home today. We all get to go home today. It’s like any vacation story I suppose.

It’s not a terribly interesting event in and of itself, however. It moves quickly. Most “rounds” as it were involve teams passing on a selection. As it is limited to players who (a) have a good amount of minor league service time; but (b) are still not on their club’s 40-man roster, the vast majority of names of available and selected players are anonymous to all but the most hardcore fans and/or prospect watchers.

Of course there are some notable historical exceptions. Johan Santana was a Rule 5 guy once upon a time. As was Josh Hamilton and Shane Victorino and Dan Uggla. But finding good major league regulars in the Rule 5 is pretty rare. And they have to be good enough to be major leaguers at least, because anyone who selects a player in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft has to keep them on their big league roster — the 25-man roster, not the 40-man — all year or else he is returned to his original club. Of course teams can and often do DL Rule 5 guys with dubious injuries in order to stash them, but that’s another topic altogether.

In any event, 45 guys were selected in the Rule 5 draft this morning. Only nine of those were in the major league portion:

  • The Astros drafted lefty Patrick Schuster from the Diamondbacks;
  • The White Sox drafted catcher Adrian Nieto from the Nationals;
  • The Phillies drafted righty Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks;
  • The Rockies drafted righty Tommy Kahnle from the Yankees;
  • The Blue Jays drafted lefty Brian Moran from the Phillies;
  • The Brewers drafted lefty Wei-Chung Wang from the Pirates;
  • The Diamondbacks drafted righty Marcos Mateo from the Cubs; and
  • The Orioles drafted third baseman Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox

Beyond that? a lot of minor league selections of no real note. Save one: Russell Wilson. Yes, the Seattle Seahawks QB. He was a second baseman in the Rockies system once upon a time. And though his baseball days are clearly over, the Texas Rangers selected him. Why? According go Ken Rosenthal of Fox, the Rangers want him in-house, in effect, to give motivational speeches and stuff next spring. For real.

Which, when you look at the value of most of the Rule 5 picks, you realize is not all that bad use of these particular resources.

  1. yahmule - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I like Russell Wilson, but I won’t feel bad when the Broncos pound on the former Rockies farmhand in Super Bowl XLVIII.

    • bucrightoff - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Broncos aren’t making it. Mentally prepare yourself for (another) Manning playoff choke.

      • yahmule - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        How’s your MRSA? You still seem irritable.

      • bucrightoff - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Like the Broncos, it’ll be home around the 3rd weekend of January

    • historiophiliac - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      I don’t know him. Is he good? Is he old? What?

      • yahmule - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Russell Wilson is an excellent young quarterback and he seems to be a young man of outstanding character. His head coach is as slimy as the muck you find at the bottom of an old pickle barrel.

      • stex52 - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        You nailed the head coach, yah. But good character is not a requirement in a NFL head coaching job. Ask Gary Kubiak about that.

      • yahmule - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Gary Kubiak is a man of outstanding character. Texans fans who followed struggling QB Matt Schaub to his house and posted pictures of his family on the internet to make them more easily identifiable for harassment got their wish, though.

        Kubiak loses six games by five points or less, while his quarterbacks play like double agents and combine for six pick-sixes on the season. That negates the 22 wins and two playoff victories from the two previous seasons, I guess. Oh yeah, the poor bastard worked so hard he had a what doctors called a mini stroke on the sideline of a nationally televised game. His reward was getting fired with three games left and having his character impugned by people who never met him.

        When did Houston football fans lose all perspective on life? When Bud Adams packed up the Oilers, about twelve people showed up for a rally to save the team. Now they’re dabbling in misdemeanors after a hard luck season that’s going to pay off with Teddy freaking Bridgewater. Unbelievable.

      • stex52 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        I think we are making the same point, but not so sure. Carroll is a scumbag. Kubiak is a class act all the way.

        Who’s out of a job?

        That’s what you meant, isn’t it?

      • yahmule - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        Stex, I did misinterpret your post. My apologies. I’ve been a fan of Kubes’ since he came to Denver as a rookie QB in 1983. There’s a bit of controversy about the way he was let go. Personally, I thought the guy deserved a Mulligan, but when I advanced that theory to Texans fans, most of them acted like I wanted to legalize crack.

      • stex52 - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        Well, a couple of thoughts here, yah:

        1. I don’t follow football much beyond the papers, now. Got tired of it years ago. So my opinions are not solid gold.
        2. The fans’ behavior was reprehensible. I wouldn’t defend that for any coach.
        3. Kubiak is a class act from the word “Go.”
        4. But I think the string played out here. They brought in Phillips two years ago and fattened up the payroll above the cap. There was a quid pro quo. And Kubiak delivered for two years. But this was understood to be the big push year and look what happened.
        5. He is a fine man and I wish him well and good health. But it was over at the Texans.

    • flatsorter - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      How about Super Bowl XLV1X? Who will win that one?

  2. karlkolchak - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Might be a good move for the ChiSox drafting Nieto if they can somehow keep him on 25-man roster all season. Dude’s career was sidetracked by a PED suspension, but he showed last year that he can hit (albiet a High A).

    It reminds me of when the Ntas plucked Jesus Flores from the Mets, who was also a catcher who had never played above High A. They managed to hang on to him all season, and he was looking fairly promising as a potential starter until a shoulder injury derailed his career.

  3. shawnuel - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Brian Moran was in the Mariners Org, not the Phillies.

    • deepstblu - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Other sources are reporting that the Mets took pitcher Seth Rosin from the Phillies. That list of nine draftees only has eight names on it.

      • jwbiii - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        BA reports that the Mets picked Rosin and sold him to the Dodgers.

  4. stex52 - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Just to complete what the Astros were doing. They picked Schuster and immediately sent him to San Diego, with the Padres picking up the Rule 5 fee. Apparently he was part of the compensation for sending Bass to the Astros.

    Luhnow said he wanted to use the Rule 5 draft, but to pick up a pitcher who would be more ready for the strains of a full year in the MLB. And who, of course, could be sent down to AAA if needed.

  5. meatcarroll - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Carroll isn’t a scumbag you ignorant morons. The NCAA spent years on that witch hunt investigation of USC and the only thing they found was Reggie Bush and his family receiving impermissible benefits 130 miles south of campus. Unless you expect Carroll to track everyone by GPS, what the hell was he supposed to?
    And that doesn’t even approach the scandals of Florida, Miami, Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, etc, many of which actually broke real laws and not the absurd NCAA rules. And they didn’t get a fraction of the punishment they deserved especially compared to the outrageously unfair ones USC received. You mouthbreathers only think Pete Carroll is a scumbag because the NCAA is a grotesquely out of control, hypocritical, and utterly pathetic organization.

    • yahmule - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Carroll is an enormous scumbag. Kind of too bad for people like you who idolize him. You don’t draw the penalties The University of Suspected Criminals received unless your program is as crooked as a dog’s leg.

      The entire Seattle secondary is on PEDS. Nice of Pete to mix things up by bringing in a swell guy like Perrish Cox who had to buy his way out of a sexual assault lawsuit. Yes, Pete is quite the humanitarian, alright.

  6. uschawk - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Carroll didn’t get a show-cause penalty like Tressel or Chip Kelly.

    So the NCAA didn’t think he did anything wrong.

    USC got the penalties they got for not cooperating with the NCAA investigation which Reggie Bush will still say he did nothing wrong.

    Enormous scumbag? Go check out what he has done with A Better LA before saying that. You don’t know what you are talking about.

  7. steelers88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Funny your talking about the NFL on HBT. If you guys are going to argue about football go to PFT.

  8. phillyphannnn83 - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Steeler88, ummm did you not read the headline and the story?

  9. joo5 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:36 AM



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