The whole Rule 5 draft doesn’t do it for a lot of the writers here; obviously we get excited about it while realizing it’s not a huge deal. But the Double-A phase had little pizzazz; the Diamondbacks made a move for a name I know, taking first baseman Baltazar Lopez, a lefthanded-swinging Mexican national. Pretty sure Lopez once ranked among the Angels’ top 30 prospects because of his hit tool, and he hit .273 with a team-best 12 RBIs and two homers for Mexico in the World Cup.
Six picks in the Double-A phase, and we’re done. Now the reporting phase of the Rule 5 begins as opposed to the blogging phase. Keep it here, we’ll have commentary and analysis and more news (there is more news, with trades to be announced) coming up.
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