Which Players Did Your Team Add To Its 40-Man Roster?

Players shielded from Rule 5 are at least peripherally in organization's future plans





The Rule 5 draft highlights players who major league organizations did not deem worthy of inclusion on 40-man rosters, whether because they lack a carrying tool, they're too far away from the majors or because of poor makeup or work ethic.

But where does that leave the 130 players who did make their way onto 40-man rosters ahead of the Nov. 20 deadline? After all, they're the ones deemed to be big league material. They'll be drawing big league paychecks. They'll be attending big league spring training.

So to give those players their due, we present all 40-man additions (alpha by team) along with a best attribute that got them protected and a key number to monitor as you follow them this season.

Org Pos Player Age Level Best Attribute
ARI RHP Chase Anderson 25 Double-A Plus changeup in any count
Key Number: 2.86 ERA, lowest in Southern League for pitchers with 100+ IP
ARI RHP Charles Brewer 24 Triple-A Durability & control
Key Number: 26 HR allowed, most in PCL this season
ARI CF Keon Broxton 22 Triple-A Plus athlete; longshot chance for 5 tools
Key Number: 4—consecutive years OPS has increased
ARI LHP Eury de la Rosa 22 Double-A Cutter to attack lefties
Key Number: .178 average allowed to LHB at Double-A
ARI RHP Eric Smith 24 Double-A Sinker induces groundballs
Key Number: 1.83 career groundout/flyout ratio
ATL C Christian Bethancourt 21 Double-A Double-plus arm & agility behind plate
Key Number: 39 CS%, in line with career rate
ATL RHP David Hale 25 Double-A Plus fastball delivered with deception & run
Key Number: 1.9 SO-to-BB ratio points to future in relief
ATL RHP Aaron Northcraft 22 High-A Life on fastball & changeup
Key Number: 9.5 SO/9, best among Carolina League starters
ATL RHP Cory Rasmus 25 Double-A Plus changeup with fade
Key Number: 50 games in first year in pen after injury-plagued 2011
ATL RHP Zeke Spruill 23 Double-A Plus low-90s sinker, control & durability
Key Number: 161.2 innings, most in the Southern League
BAL LHP Mike Belfiore 24 Double-A Fastball/slider mix for matchup role
Key Number: .160 AVG—EL lefties went 8-for-50 with 19 whiffs
BAL 2B Jonathan Schoop 21 Double-A Strength & bat speed to hit for power
Key Number: 14 home runs, a career high
BOS C Dan Butler 26 Triple-A 60 arm used to gun down 33% of basestealers
Key Number: 5—number of catchers on Boston's 40-man roster, including Butler
BOS RF Alex Hassan 24 Triple-A Plate discipline
Key Number: .391 career on-base percentage in minors
BOS C Christian Vazquez 22 Double-A Solid catch-and-throw skills
Key Number: 4—times he's been named best defensive catcher for Red Sox
BOS RHP Allen Webster 22 Double-A 70 fastball that touches 96 mph
Key Number: 129—days between two home runs allowed in 2012
BOS RHP Alex Wilson 26 Triple-A A fastball that tops out at 98 mph
Key Number: .316 average allowed to lefty batters
BOS RHP Steve Wright 28 Triple-A Hard knuckleball in style of R.A. Dickey
Key Number: 2.44 ERA ranked second in EL
CHC RHP Trey McNutt 23 Double-A Solid-average fastball bumps 93 mph
Key Number: 32nd-round find in 2009
CHC 3B Christian Villanueva 21 High-A Slick glove at hot corner
Key Number: .283 career average in minors
CHC 2B Logan Watkins 23 Double-A Swift, aggressive baserunner
Key Number: 76 walks, second-most for Cubs minor leaguers
CHC RHP Robert Whitenack 24 High-A Finds zone with three pitches
Key Number: 5.96 ERA in high Class A in 2012
CHW CF Jared Mitchell 24 Triple-A Flashes five average tools; master of none
Key Number: 31% of PA ended with strikeouts at Birmingham in 2012
CHW C Josh Phegley 24 Triple-A Has shown swing, feel to hit for average
Key Number: 96 games caught as he moves further from health scare
CHW RHP Andre Rienzo 24 Triple-A Plus fastball touches 94 mph
Key Number: 3 levels in 2012 as he worked around drug suspension
CHW LHP Santos Rodriguez 24 Triple-A Tailing fastball touches 95 mph
Key Number: 8.7 SO/9 indicates power stuff even righties don't hit
CHW RHP Charlie Shirek 27 Triple-A Throws strikes with four pitches
Key Number: 1.5 BB/9, the best rate among International Lge starters
CIN RHP Carlos Contreras 21 High-A Three plus pitches at his best
Key Number: 9.3 SO/9, mostly at low Class A
CIN RHP Daniel Corcino 22 Double-A Plus fastball up to 95 mph
Key Number: 3.01 ERA ranked second in Southern Lge
CIN LHP Ismael Guillon 20 Low-A Plus changeup has outmatched young hitters
Key Number: 3.7 BB/9 rate signifies progress
CIN RHP Curtis Partch 25 Double-A Sits 94-98 mph with boring action
Key Number: .922 OPS allowed to Double-A lefty batters
CIN RHP Josh Ravin 24 Double-A Plus fastball, avg curveball with inconsistent results
Key Number: 6 BB/9 in 467 career innings
CIN RF Yorman Rodriguez 20 Low-A Plus run, power & arm, but shaky hit & makeup
Key Number: 3-to-39 BB-to-SO at high Class A before demotion
CLE CF Tim Fedroff 25 Triple-A Solid outfield glove
Key Number: .316 average ranked third among Indians' farmhands
CLE RHP Trey Haley 22 Double-A 70 fastball at times reaching 97 mph
Key Number: 2.6 K-BB ratio, a personal best
CLE LHP T.J. House 23 Double-A Three average pitches
Key Number: 3.0 BB/9, a reduction of one per 9 versus career
CLE RHP Chen Lee 26 Triple-A Plus fastball
Key Number: 7 innings prior to Tommy John surgery in 2012
COL SS Cristhaian Adames 21 High-A Plus glove & arm
Key Number: 21—he's still young enough to enhane bat
COL RHP Joe Gardner 24 Double-A Sinker induces groundballs
Key Number: 2.0 groundout/airout ratio for career
COL RF Tim Wheeler 24 Triple-A Power potential
Key Number: 2—home runs hit on heels of 33 HR season
DET SS Dixon Machado 20 High-A Excellent defense & arm
Key Number: Two homers in high Class A first since 2009
DET RHP Melvin Mercedes 22 High-A Lively 94-96 mph fastball, biting slider
Key Number: 6.4 SO/9 for career hard to reconcile with stuff
DET RHP Bruce Rondon 21 Triple-A Hits 100 mph regularly
Key Number: 1.51 ERA, 65 saves from 2010-present
HOU RHP Jose Cisnero 23 Triple-A Live fastball, up to 95-96 at times
Key Number: 9.6 SO/9 in 489 career innings
HOU RHP Jarred Cosart 22 Triple-A very live FB, sits 94-98 at times
Key Number: Just 17 HR allowed in 355 career IP
HOU CF Robbie Grossman 23 Double-A Plate discipline
Key Number: .379 career OBP
HOU RHP Chia-Jen Lo 26 High-A Has touched 94 mph, returned from TJ
Key Number: 47 IP the last three years
HOU LHP Brett Oberholtzer 23 Triple-A 4-pitch LH strikethrower
Key Number: 320+ IP the last two years combined
HOU RHP Ross Seaton 23 Triple-A Strike-thrower had best K & BB rates of career
Key Number: 169 innings, he hasn't missed a start in 3 years
HOU SS Jonathan Villar 21 Double-A Double-plus range; plus arm & run
Key Number: strikes out in 27 percent of ABs in 2012 at AA
KC LHP Chris Dwyer 24 Triple-A Curveball draws some 70 grades
Key Number: 4.99 career ERA
KC RHP Juan Gutierrez 29 Triple-A Plus fastball
Key Number: 150—games in majors
KC LHP Donnie Joseph 25 Triple-A Fastball up to 95 mph
Key Number: 11.9 SO/9 for career
KC LHP John Lamb 22 Rookie Best command in system prior to TJ
Key Number: 48 innings—total for past two seasons combined
KC LHP Justin Marks 24 Triple-A Average control of average stuff
Key Number: 4—extra-base hits allowed to lefthanders in 2012
KC LHP Mike Montgomery 23 Triple-A Plus changeup a consistent out-pitch
Key Number: 2010, the last year with an ERA under 5.00
LAA RHP Ryan Brasier 25 Triple-A Double-plus fastball bumps 97 mph
Key Number: 8.3 SO/9 as reliever in Triple-A
LAA LHP Brandon Sisk 27 Triple-A Average secondary stuff for specialist role
Key Number: 9.8 SO/9 ranked 4th among PCL relievers
LAA CF Travis Witherspoon 23 Double-A Plus speed, range & arm
Key Number: 83 percent SB success rate in minors
LAD RHP Steve Ames 24 Double-A Solid-average fastball at 92-94 mph
Key Number: 76—second-most walks in Florida State Lge
LAD RHP Matt Magill 23 Double-A Plus fastball
Key Number: 168—most strikeouts in Southern League
MIA RF Kyle Jensen 24 Double-A Power
Key Number: 24—Third-most home runs in the Southern League this year
MIA LHP Edgar Olmos 22 Double-A Velocity up to 96 mph
Key Number: 5.18—Career BB/9
MIA RF Marcell Ozuna 22 High-A Power
Key Number: 24—Most home runs in the Florida State League in 2012
MIA C Kyle Skipworth 22 Double-A Power; catch-and-throw skills
Key Number: 6th, as in just five players taken ahead of him in '08 draft
MIL RHP Nick Bucci 22 High-A Solid four-pitch mix
Key Number: 10, number of starts due to shoulder injury
MIL RHP Hiram Burgos 25 Triple-A Feel for pitching, three fringe offerings
Key Number: 1.16 WHIP at Double-A and Triple-A
MIL LF Khris Davis 24 Triple-A Good power to all fields
Key Number: .522 SLG in 32 games at Triple-A
MIL 2B Scooter Gennett 22 Double-A Contact, line-drive hitting approach
Key Number: 156 hits, second in Southern League
MIL CF Josh Prince 24 Double-A Solid speed & range for converted SS
Key Number: 41 steals, No. 2 to Billy Hamilton in Southern Lge
MIN RHP Kyle Gibson 25 Triple-A flashes plus FB, SL & CHG
Key Number: 28 SO in 23 IP in AFL, ranked 3rd in AFL
MIN RHP B.J. Hermsen 22 Double-A Command
Key Number: 1.7 BB/9 in 477 IP; tops out at 91-92 mph
MIN CF Aaron Hicks 23 Double-A Plus athlete with 70 arm
Key Number: .379: career OBP
MIN C Josmil Pinto 23 Double-A Power; solid catch-and-throw skills
Key Number: career-high 14 HRs in 2012
MIN SS Danny Santana 22 High-A Switch-hitting fast-twitch middle INF
Key Number: .739 OPS in FSL, best year of career
MIN LHP Caleb Thielbar 25 Triple-A Touches 90-91, SL & CHG
Key Number: .240 — avg against by LH hitters
MIN RHP Mike Tonkin 23 High-A FB up to 97
Key Number: 12.6 K/9 in 2012
MIN RHP Tim Wood 30 Triple-A 92-94 mph fastball; slider up to 87
Key Number: 8.6 SO/9 & .213 AVG in best Triple-A campaign
NYM RHP Greg Burke 30 Triple-A Minor lge FA sign throws from sidearm slot
Key Number: .477 OPS allowed to Triple-A righties
NYM RHP Gonzalez Germen 25 Triple-A Best changeup in system
Key Number: 2.5 BB/9 at three levels in 2012
NYM LHP Darin Gorski 25 Double-A Throws three pitches & durable
Key Number: 19 homers allowed to Double-A righties
NYM RHP Hansel Robles 22 Short-season Locates low-90s fastball and trusts changeup
Key Number: 1.11 ERA, 0.78 WHIP both led NY-Penn Lge
NYM SS Wilfredo Tovar 21 Double-A Slick fielder who started to hit a bit in 2012
Key Number: 70 points, the positive difference in OPS from 2011
NYM RHP Zack Wheeler 22 Triple-A Mid-90s heat gets on hitters quick
Key Number: 149 innings after a pair of injury-shortened efforts
NYY LHP Manny Banuelos 21 Triple-A A fastball up to 96 when healthy
Key Number: 24 innings in 2012 before being shut down with elbow pain
NYY LF Ramon Flores 20 Double-A Hitting ability
Key Number: 156—most hits in the Florida State League in 2012
NYY RHP Brett Marshall 22 Double-A Plus fastball
Key Number: 120 SO in 2012 ranked 6th in the Eastern League
NYY RHP Jose Ramirez 22 High-A Plus fastball
Key Number: 3.19 ERA in 2012
NYY LHP Francicso Rondon 24 Triple-A Plus fastball
Key Number: 80 strikeouts, third most of any Yankees minor league reliever
NYY LHP Nik Turley 23 Double-A Plus curveball
Key Number: Led the FSL with a 2.89 ERA in 2012
OAK LF Grant Green 25 Triple-A Versatility
Key Number: 5—number of positions played in Triple-A (SS, 3B, 2B, CF & LF)
OAK RHP Arnold Leon 24 Triple-A Average fastball
Key Number: 39—average number of innings since 2008
OAK LF Shane Peterson 24 Triple-A Speed and defense
Key Number: .379 career OBP in the minor leagues
OAK RHP Michael Ynoa 21 Short-season Projection
Key Number: 39 career innings since signing for $4.25 million in 2008
PHI CF Zach Collier 22 High-A Athleticism
Key Number: 8—career home runs
PHI RHP Ethan Martin 23 Double-A 70 fastball
Key Number: 147 strikeouts in 2012, fourth-most for Phillies farmhands
PHI RHP Trevor May 23 Double-A Plus changeup
Key Number: 541 strikeouts from 2010-2012 (most in minors)
PHI RHP Jon Pettibone 22 Triple-A Above-average control
Key Number: 2 complete games in 2012
PIT RHP Vic Black 24 Double-A Velo—up to 97 in the Arizona Fall Lge
Key Number: 12.8 SO/9 highest in the Eastern League
PIT C Ramon Cabrera 23 Triple-A Defense
Key Number: .994 fielding percentage in 2012
PIT RHP Phil Irwin 25 Triple-A Command
Key Number: 24 walks allowed in 130 innings
PIT C Tony Sanchez 24 Triple-A Solid defense
Key Number: 4th overall pick in 2009
PIT RHP Hunter Strickland 24 Double-A Control
Key Number: 1.89 career BB/9
SAIN RHP Michael Blazek 23 Triple-A Lively 92-93 mph FB; starter's repertoire
Key Number: 12 homers allowed in 83 innings dings stock
SAIN RHP Keith Butler 23 Double-A Slurvy breaking ball thrown any time
Key Number: .216/.288/.294 line mustered by righty batters
SAIN RHP Eric Fornataro 24 Double-A Fastball sits 95-97 mph
Key Number: .288 SLG by opponents in 2012
SAIN LHP Kevin Siegrist 23 Double-A 91-93 mph fastball with good run
Key Number: .179 AVG by lefty batters
SAND RF Yeison Asencio 23 Low-A Feel to hit; formerly known as Yoan Alcantara
Key Number: .323 AVG led the Midwest Lge but it's not pretty
SAND RF Jaff Decker 22 Double-A Solid power, just not in 2012
Key Number: Needs better balance between HR and SO output
SAND RHP Adys Portillo 20 Double-A Big fastball up to 98 mph, power curve
Key Number: 4.4 BB/9—an improved ratio, but room to grow
SANF RHP Jake Dunning 24 Double-A Heavy sinking fastball up to 96 mph
Key Number: .227—average as a SS before converting to mound in 2010
SANF LHP Edwin Escobar 20 Low-A Solid-avg FB with very good pitchability
Key Number: 122—the 7th-most strikeouts in the South Atlantic Lge
SANF RHP Chris Heston 24 Double-A Control and pitchability
Key Number: 4—number of consecutive years he's lowered ERA and raised SO
SANF SS Nick Noonan 23 Triple-A Lefthanded line-drive swing
Key Number: .296 average, ranked 7th highest in Giants system in 2012
SANF RF Juan Perez 26 Double-A 60 speed & cannon arm
Key Number: .302 average, ranked 8th in the Eastern Lge in 2012
SEA 3B Vinnie Catricala 24 Triple-A Hitting, but bat was hollow this year
Key Number: .381—difference in OPS from 2011 to 2012
SEA LHP Anthony Fernandez 22 Double-A Poised lefty with pitchability
Key Number: 134 strikeouts, third most in stacked Seattle system
SEA LHP Bobby LaFromboise 26 Triple-A 88-90 with late slider from sidearm slot
Key Number: .405 OPS versus lefthanders
SEA RHP Brandon Maurer 22 Double-A Fastball up to 97 mph, good secondary
Key Number: 138 innings, a career high
SEA OF Julio Morban 20 High-A Hitting and power potential
Key Number: .583 slugging away from High Desert in 2012
TB SS Tim Beckham 22 Triple-A Premium bat speed, raw power
Key Number: 50 games—suspension served by 2008 first overall pick
TB SS Hak-Ju Lee 22 Double-A Plus shortstop defender & runner
Key Number: Ranked No. 8 prospect in Southern League
TB LHP Felipe Rivero 21 Low-A Plus control of sinker, slider
Key Number: 29 walks in 113 innings
TB LHP Enny Romero 21 High-A Velocity—up to 97 mph from left side
Key Number: 5.4 BB/9 this season, a tick worse than last year
TEX 2B Leury Garcia 21 Double-A Best speed, INF arm in stacked system
Key Number: Three—as in 2B, SS & CF positions for max utility
TEX LHP Joe Ortiz 22 Triple-A Hard slider to attack lefties
Key Number: 5-foot-7, the same height as Royals LHP Tim Collins
TOR SS Ryan Goins 24 Double-A Solid defensive tools & leadoff-type bat
Key Number: 158 hits, most in the Eastern League
TOR C A.J. Jimenez 22 Double-A Plus arm strength
Key Number: 3 1/2, the months missed after TJ surgery
WAS RHP Erik Davis 26 Triple-A Rubber arm
Key Number: 3.7 K-BB ratio est. career high after switch to bullpen
WAS RHP Nate Karns 25 High-A Above-average fastball bumps 95
Key Number: 11.5 SO/9 led all qualified minor leaguers