2012 Rule 5 Draft, Pick By Pick

Here are the picks in the 2012 Rule 5 draft, beginning with the Major League Phase.

MAJOR LEAGUE PHASE, ROUND 1
Pick Team Player Previous Team
1 Astros Josh Fields, rhp
Red Sox
With a fastball up to 97 mph, the 27-year-old Fields had the best year of his career after being a first-round pick in 2008. Improved control, which he showed late in 2012 is key to his chances to stick.
2 Cubs Hector Rondon, rhp Indians
Rondon missed most of 2012 after needing a second elbow surgery. When healthy, he shows good command of a low-90s fastball and tops out at 96.
3 Rockies Danny Rosenbaum, lhp Nationals
Rosenbaum has fringy stuff, but eats innings, fills up the strike zone and keeps hitters off balance with his quick tempo.
4 Twins Ryan Pressly, rhp Red Sox
Pressly shows the potential for three plus pitches—a fastball 91-94 mph range, a sharp slider and a deceptive changeup. He had success in Double-A after move to the bullpen
5 Indians Chris McGuiness, 1b Rangers
The Arizona Fall League MVP has a strong lefthanded swing and hit 23 home runs in Double-A this year. He's always shown the ability to get on-base with a good approach at the plate.
6 Marlins Alfredo Silverio, of Dodgers
Showed the potential for five average or better tools, but missed all of 2012 after a car accident resulted in a concussion and an elbow injury. If healthy, could be the safest bet to stick on big league roster.
*7 Red Sox (traded to Tigers) Jeff Kobernus, 2b Nationals
More advanced than the average Rule 5 pick, Kobernus can play solid defense at second, steal some bases (42 in 53 tries in 2012) and hit a little. He lacks power, but plays the game with a hard-edged, heady approach
8 Royals Pass  
9 Blue Jays Pass  
*10 Mets (traded to Tigers) Kyle Lobstein, lhp Rays
Highly-regarded coming out of high school, Lobstein lost some velocity his senior year and has never regained. He's now a pitchability lefty who works in and out and features a good changeup.
11 Mariners Pass  
12 Padres Pass  
13 Pirates Pass  
14 Diamondbacks Starling Peralta, rhp Cubs
Peralta's stuff picked up in 2012 as once 88-92 mph fastball now sits 92-94. He pairs that with a slider that shows flashes of being a plus pitch. Held RHB to .613 OPS in 2012, which may help in likely move to bullpen if he's going to stick.
15 Phillies Ender Inciarte, of
Diamondbacks
Potential backup outfielder runs well enough and plays good enough defense to possibly stick as a useful pinch-runner/defensive replacement. The lefthanded hitter doesn't have much pop, will be overmatched at the plate.
16 Brewers Pass  
17 White Sox Angel Sanchez, ss
Angels
Former big leaguer could be an inexpensive utilityman. With 568 big league games, is a known quantity as an adequate glove that can play multiple positions. His bat showed some improvement in 2012 at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
18 Dodgers Pass  
19 Cardinals Pass  
20 Tigers Pass  
21 Angels Pass  
22 Rays Pass  
23 Orioles T.J. McFarland, lhp Indians
Touch and feel lefthander has more stuff than most crafty lefties. He normally sits 88-90, but can touch a 92 at times, and he knows how to get the ball to sink or run. McFarland lacks a plus pitch, but might throw enough strikes to survive.
24 Rangers Coty Woods, rhp Rockies
Low-angle reliever can be tough on righthanders in part because he throws a little harder (88-92) than the average sidearmer. Dominated Double-A but fell apart after promotion to Triple-A in 2012. Decent changeup means he's not helpless against lefthanders.
25 Athletics Pass  
26 Giants Pass  
27 Braves Pass  
28 Yankees Pass  
29 Reds Pass  
30 Nationals Pass  
1 Astros Nate Freiman, 1b
Padres
A 6-foot-7 first baseman with big power, Freiman ranked third in the Texas League with 24 home runs in 2012. A star for Team Israel in World Baseball Classic, scouts are concerned that Freiman struggles to catch up to premium velocity.
2 Cubs Pass  
3 Rockies Pass  
4 Twins Pass  
5 Indians Pass  
6 Marlins Brauilo Lara, lhp Rays
Lara has a lean, athletic build that produces a mid-90s fastball and a hard, downer curveball. He went 6-10, 5.71 in high Class A in 2012 so while the stuff is excellent, he's a long ways from being ready to help a big league club.
 
TRIPLE-A PHASE
Pick Team Player Previous Team
1 Astros Michael Burgess, of Nationals
Once traded for Tom Gorzelanny, big power hasn't played in high minors
2 Cubs Pass  
3 Rockies Pass  
4 Twins Mark Sobolewski, 3b Blue Jays
Best defensive 3B in Eastern Lge smacked 20 HR & reached Triple-A
5 Indians Pass  
6 Marlins Tyler Kehrer, lhp Angels
Supp pick in 2009 struggles to find zone but strikes out his share of LHB
7 Red Sox Jack McGeary, lhp Nationals
Boston native has pitched 64 IP in three years in between injuries
8 Royals Pass  
9 Blue Jays Sawyer Carroll, of Padres
Physical lefty bat offers some on-base skills, some pop; good minors corner man
10 Mets Pass  
11 Mariners Eric Farris, 2b Brewers
Brewers 2007 4th-rd drafted by Jack Zduriencik; Good 2B glove, above-avg speed
12 Padres Diego Goris, 3b Royals
Part of Yamacio Navarro deal; more pop than average INF but swings at everything
13 Pirates Ethan Hollingsworth, rhp Royals
Four-pitch mix, sits 90-92 mph, but not many swings and misses; twice-traded
14 Diamondbacks Pass  
15 Phillies Brendan Lafferty, lhp Royals
Hard-throwing LHP hits 95 mph & secondary stuff is OK; needs to throw more strikes
16 Brewers Pass  
17 White Sox Pass  
18 Dodgers Elevys Gonzalez, 3b Pirates
Hit .206 in down year, but switch-hits, plays 3B & 2B, sprays ball around
19 Cardinals Matt Cerda, 3b Cubs
2008 fourth-rounder owns career .371 OBP in minors; 5-9, LHH pest
20 Tigers Eliezer Mesa, of Athletics
Plus range & wheels, went 25-for-29 in SB. Once part of deal for Mark Ellis.
21 Angels Robert Widlansky, of
Orioles
Ranked near top of Eastern Lge with .404 OBP, .316 AVG, 35 2B, 64 BB
22 Rays Pass  
23 Orioles Tom Boleska, rhp Twins
Gaudy 11.3 SO/9, 5.3 SO/BB in indy American Assoc.; signed by Twins in Oct.
24 Rangers Marquez Smith, 3b Reds
Split 2012 between Mexican Lge & Double-A Portland; nice glove at 3B
25 Athletics Tommy Mendonca, 3b Giants
Known for power coming out Fresno State, 2009 2nd-rounder slugged just .367 this season
26 Giants Scott Shuman, rhp Rays
Pitches at 93-95 mph with power slider. Tough look for RHB (36 SO% at Double-A)
27 Braves Pass  
28 Yankees Pass  
29 Reds Ryan Dennick, lhp Royals
Former Tennessee Tech ace has seen stuff pick up as pro; good swingman candidate
30 Nationals Pass  
TRIPLE-A PHASE, ROUND 2
Pick Team Player  
1 Astros Cameron Lamb, rhp Giants
Aussie has yet to pitch in full-season ball, but coming off solid season in Northwest Lge
2 Cubs Pass  
3 Rockies Pass  
4 Twins Pass  
5 Indians Pass  
6 Marlins Pass  
7 Red Sox Jon Bachanov, rhp White Sox
2007 supp pick signed by then-Angels, now-Red Sox scout Tom Kotchman
8 Royals Pass  
9 Blue Jays Alvido Jimenez, rhp Cubs
Stout righthander has spent last three seasons in AZL, yet to pitch above there
10 Mets Pass  
11 Mariners Pass  
12 Padres Federico Castaneda, rhp Royals
Mexican Lge vet pitching well in winter ball, features 91-93 mph fastball
13 Pirates Pass  
14 Diamondbacks Pass  
15 Phillies Pass  
16 Brewers Pass  
17 White Sox Pass  
18 Dodgers Hector Nelo, rhp Nationals
Double-plus fastball bumps 96 mph. Allowed .229 AVG, 1.8 G/F in Double-A
19 Cardinals Jay Voss, lhp Tigers
Missed most of 2012 after TJ surgery; Fringy stuff, good control when healthy
20 Tigers Pass  
21 Angels Pass  
22 Rays Pass  
23 Orioles Pass  
24 Rangers Pass  
25 Athletics Steve Hill, c Cardinals
A catcher early in career, playing corner INF and OF lately; has MLB experience
26 Giants Pass  
27 Braves Pass  
28 Yankees Pass  
29 Reds Michael Gilmartin, ss Athletics
Fringy defender with avg arm; one of 10 players in Cal Lge with 400+ PA, sub-.700 OPS
30 Nationals Pass  
TRIPLE-A PHASE, ROUND 3
Pick Team Player  
1 Astros Pass  
2 Cubs Pass  
3 Rockies Pass  
4 Twins Pass  
5 Indians Pass  
6 Marlins Pass  
7 Red Sox Pass  
8 Royals Pass  
9 Blue Jays Efrain Nieves, lhp Tigers
Brewers 7th-rounder out of P.R. in 2007, Nieves has just 63 IP above low Class A

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