Many of the major league Rule 5 players were profiled in our previews, both the subscriber link and the blog update Wednesday. This file, meanwhile, sat in the Drafts folder for a couple of hours; I merged it with a comments post that pointed out that we'd left stuff out.
Speedy outfielder Brad Chalk, the former Clemson player, was the first Triple-A phase pick out of the Padres system, going to the Pirates.
Jose Rivero of the Mariners to Arizona (Seattle's roster was full), with Dale Mollenhauer, a nice minor league infielder out of the White Sox system (via East Carolina), going to Baltimore. The Royals take Rays righthander Heath Rollins, while the Nationals select righthander Michael Allen from the Twins.
The other Morla, righthander Ronnie of the Cubs system, goes to the Mets after several clubs passed.
The Marlins follow with Jaime Ortiz, an infielder out of the Dodgers system. Other Triple-A phase picks will be in the chart. The Twins lost three players in this phase, where the players cost $12,000. Other Triple-A notes:
• Courtesy of independent leagues publicist and Winter Meetings veteran Bob Wirz, five of the 24 players picked in this phase are indy league veterans. Two of them, catcher Travis Scott and corner infielder Jake Blackwood, were indy ballers just signed since the season ended.
The Giants intend to try Dashenko Ricardo, a catcher they plucked from the Orioles system, as a pitcher . . . Blue Jays pick Ivan Contreras, a second baseman out of the Angels system, ranked as the No. 19 prospect in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2007. He's a strong-bodied 5-foot-9 versatile infielder who tends to have too big of a swing for his size . . . Two of the more intriguing Triple-A picks came early. Infielder Dale Mollenhauer (formerly of the White Sox) should be a good contributor to Baltimore's system and merited consideration for us in the major league phase, but we should have included him for the Triple-A phase. He fits the utility profile—lefthanded, scrappy, versatile defense, can play shortstop in a pinch and average speed. He's my personal favorite Triple-A pick. Righthander Heath Rollins (formerly of the Rays) has started in the past but moved to the bullpen in Tampa's deep system. His stuff's fairly fringy, but he's athletic and has good pitch feel. He could be a big league bullpen contributor eventually.
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