Rule 5 Draft Yields Fewest Selections Since 2000

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A total of nine players were selected Thursday morning in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft, the fewest since 10 were selected in 2000. Seven of the nine are pitchers as major league teams search—likely in vain—for the next Johan Santana, a Rule 5 pick in 1999 from the Astros by the Marlins, who flipped him to the Twins.


No Drafting Team
Player Pos 2013 Org
1 Astros* Patrick Schuster lhp Diamondbacks
Low-slot lefty combined fringe stuff with tough low three-quarters look, held Cal League lefties to .198 AVG
2 White Sox Adrian Nieto c Nationals
Switch-hitting catcher combines some feel to hit with solid defensive tools that could be average in time
3 Phillies Kevin Munson rhp Diamondbacks
With a plus fastball (up to 95 mph) and tick-above slider, he has chance to help a club in relief right away
4 Rockies Tommy Kahnle rhp Yankees
Combines a plus fastball (up to 97 mph) with full-effort delivery and pretty good slider
5 Blue Jays** Brian Moran lhp Mariners
A one-out lefty candidate after notching 12 SO/BB ratio and fanning two of every five LHH batters at Triple-A
6 Mets*** Seth Rosin rhp Phillies
Six-foot-6 righty throws a trio of fringe-to-above pitches, throws strikes and works down in zone
7 Brewers Wei-Chung Wang lhp Pirates
Tops out at 95 mph with a plus changeup, but 21-year-old Taiwanese southpaw has pitched only in GCL
8 Diamondbacks Marcos Mateo rhp Cubs
Pop-up prospect with big fastball and slider has MLB experience and is pitching well in Dominican League
9 Orioles Michael Almanzar 3b Red Sox
Young RHH power bat (16 HR in Eastern League) with long swing will try stick as a backup 1B/3B/DH
* Traded to Padres as player to be named for RHP Anthony Bass
** Traded to Angels for $243,500 in international bonus pool money
*** Sold to Dodgers


A total of 36 players were selected in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft, including catcher Charlie Cutler (by the Cubs) and righthander Scott Shuman (by the Blue Jays), who have previously been selected in the draft.


No Selecting Team Player Pos 2013 Org
1 Astros Ravel Santana of Yankees
2 Marlins Justin Bour 1b Cubs
3 White Sox Evan Crawford lhp Blue Jays
4 Cubs Charlie Cutler c Pirates
5 Twins Kevin Thomas rhp Cardinals
6 Blue Jays Roberto Espinosa rhp Pirates
7 Mets Jon Velasquez rhp Twins
8 Brewers Kevin Mattison of Marlins
9 Padres Jake Lemmerman ss Cardinals
10 Angels Jose Valdivia rhp Mariners
11 Diamondbacks Mike Lee rhp Braves
12 Orioles Julio Borbon of Cubs
13 Nationals Theo Bowe of Reds
14 Reds Mikey O'Brien rhp Yankees
15 Rangers Russell Wilson 2b Rockies
16 Rays Enderson Franco rhp Astros
17 Pirates Tyler Sample rhp Royals
18 Athletics Tim Atherton rhp Twins
19 Red Sox Jonathan Roof ss Phillies
20 Cardinals Greg Miclat ss Rangers
1 Astros Carlos Vazquez lhp Mets
2 Marlins Brady Shoemaker of White Sox
3 White Sox Omar Narvaez c Rays
4 Cubs Jim Fuller lhp Mets
5 Blue Jays Richard Bleier lhp Rangers
6 Brewers Vinnie Catricala 3b Athletics
7 Padres Adolfo Reina c Tigers
8 Diamondbacks Hector Hernandez lhp Cardinals
9 Nationals Martires Arias rhp Mets
10 Pirates A.J. Morris rhp Cubs
11 Cardinals Jesus Ustariz 1b Tigers
1 Marlins Tony Thompson 3b Athletics
2 Blue Jays Scott Shuman rhp Giants
3 Pirates Felipe Gonzalez rhp Yankees
1 Astros Blaine Sims lhp Braves
2 Marlins Kelvin Castro rhp Yankees