Major League Rule 5 Draft Selections



First Round
PickTeamPlayer, Pos., Previous Org.
*1.Devil RaysRyan Goleski, of, Indians
Stats/Skinny: Hit .306/.391/.557 between Double-A Akron and high Class A Kinston. Joins crowded A's outfield depth chart, but power potential gives him a chance
2.RoyalsJoakim Soria, rhp, Padres
Stats/Skinny: 1-0, 3.51 with 41 K, 13 BB in 49 IP between Mexico City (Mexican) and low Class A Fort Wayne. Strong winter ball showing piqued interest. Throws in low 90s with good life.
#3.CubsJosh Hamilton, of, Devil Rays
Stats/Skinny: Hit .260/.327/.360 in 50 ABs at short-season Hudson Valley in return after 3-year layoff. BA's No. 1 prospect in 2001 has abundant tools. Biggest question is can he avoid injuries and drug suspensions.
^4.PiratesSean White, rhp, Braves
Stats/Skinny: 5-6, 4.40 with 124 hits, 43 BBs and 73 Ks in 102 IP at Double-A Mississippi. Former Washington ace has solid stuff, but lacks consistency.
%5.OriolesAlfredo Simon, rhp, Rangers
Stats/Skinny: 2-10, 6.62 with 119 hits, 33 BB and 70 Ks in 119 IP between Triple-A Fresno and high Class A San Jose. Once a key cog in Felix Rodriguez trade, he has a power fastball (93-94 mph) but little else.
6.NationalsJesus Flores, c, Mets
Stats/Skinny: Hit .266/.335/.487 at high Class A St. Lucie. Mets top catching prospect shows power potential, but will be making big jump from Class A ball.
$7.BrewersEdward Campusano, lhp, Cubs
Stats/Skinny: Went 2-1, 1.46 with 25 saves, 38 hits, 17 BB and 81 Ks in 55 IP between low Class A Peoria and Double-A West Tenn. Lefty was lights out in 2006 but missed last month of season with injuries.
15.RedsJared Burton, rhp, Athletics
Stats/Skinny: Went 6-5, 4.14 with 71 hits, 27 BBs and 66 Ks in 74 IP at Double-A Midland. Pitched decently in the Arizona Fall League (1-2, 4.38) as an injury replacement for Dallas Braden.
17.AstrosLincoln Holdzkom, rhp, Cubs
Stats/Skinny: Went 2-3, 1.76 with 39 hits, 15 BBs and 43 Ks in 46 IPs largely at Double-A West Tenn. Tommy John survivor has a low to mid 90s fastball and a hard-breaking curveball.
19.PhilliesAdam Donachie, c, Royals
Stats/Skinny: Hit .247/.352/.382 in 304 at-bats between high Class A High Desert and Double-A Wichita. Good glove, strong-armed catcher has a long swing that leads to questions about the bat.
20.Red SoxNick DeBarr, rhp, Devil Rays
Stats/Skinny: Went 4-3, 2.74 with 61 hits, 17 BBs and 61 Ks in 69 IPs at high Class A Visalia. Righthander has average (91 mph fastball) and a solid slider.
21.Blue JaysJason Smith, ss, Cubs
Stats/Skinny: Hit .291/.394/.511 with 141 at-bats at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Minor league veteran (he'll turn 30 during the season) hopes to make team as inexpensive backup infielder.
23.PadresKevin Cameron, rhp, Twins
Stats/Skinny: Went 6-4, 2.98 with 9 saves, 53 hits, 26 BBs and 65 Ks in 66 IPs with Triple-A Rochester. Righthander was rocked in Arizona Fall League (8.58 ERA).
26.AthleticsJay Marshall, lhp, White Sox
Stats/Skinny: Went 5-1, 1.02 with 4 saves, 46 hits, 8 BBs and 44 Ks in 62 IPs with high Class A Winston-Salem. Move to sidearming delivery has made Marshall deadly to lefty hitters (.096 average against).
28.TwinsAlejandro Machado, if, Nationals
Stats/Skinny: Hit .260/.356/.346 with 21 SBs in 373 ABs with Triple-A Pawtucket. Minor league veteran was traded four times in five seasons.
30.YankeesJosh Phelps, 1b/dh, Orioles
Stats/Skinny: Hit .308./.370/.532 with 24 HRs for Triple-A Toledo. Major league veteran and six-year minor league free agent could be cheap righthanded power off the Yankees bench.
Second Round
PickTeamPlayer, Pos., Previous Org.
1.NationalsLevale Speigner, rhp, Twins
Stats: Went 4-3, 3.57 with 77 hits, 19 BBs and 45 Ks in 71 IPs between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester. Has had trouble with home runs but boasts a low 90s fastball and a solid curveball.
2.PhilliesJim Ed Warden, rhp, Indians
Stats: Went 5-2, 2.90 with 11 saves, 35 hits, 29 BBs and 47 Ks in 59 IP with Double-A Akron. Low three-quarters arm action combined with average stuff (90-92 mph fastball, slider, changeup) has been an effective combination.
Third Round
PickTeamPlayer, Pos., Previous Org.
1.PhilliesRyan Budde, c, Angels
Stats: Hit 233/.324/.414 in 215 ABs with Triple-A Salt Lake. Defensive wiz has never hit enough to be a prospect.
* Traded to the Athletics for cash
# Traded to the Reds for cash
^ Traded to the Mariners for cash
% Traded to the Phillies for Adam Donachie (No. 19 pick) and cash
$ Traded to the Tigers for cash