Marlins Double Up On Intriguing Rule 5 Picks

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NASHVILLE—Back in 2005, the Marlins produced one of the Rule 5 draft's biggest finds in recent years when they snagged Dan Uggla from the Diamondbacks.

Uggla hit 27 home runs as a rookie and 154 in five seasons with the Marlins before he was traded to the Braves. The rebuilding Marlins turned to the Rule 5 again in 2012 for the first time since drafting Uggla.

Picking sixth overall, Miami snagged injured outfielder Alfredo Silverio from the Dodgers. The Marlins then joined the Astros as the only club to draft two players in the major league phase of the draft, adding hard-throwing lefthander Braulio Lara from the Rays.

It cost the Marlins $50,000 apiece to select Silverio and Lara, though they will recoup $25,000 per player if they fail to make the active 25-man roster and are offered back to their original teams.

Silverio, 25, is a 6-foot-1, 215-pound righthanded hitter who spent most of his career in center field in the Dodgers system. He broke out in 2011 at Double-A Chattanooga, batting .306/.340/.542 with 16 home runs, 42 doubles and 18 triples, to go with 11 stolen bases in 23 attempts.

However, Silverio sustained serious injuries in an offseason car accident and missed the entire 2012 season, due mostly to an elbow injury from the car crash. He had Tommy John surgery and did not play winter ball.

Lara, 23, has a lean, athletic build that produces a mid-90s fastball and a hard, downer curveball. The lefthander went 6-10, 5.71 in high Class A in 2012, as his walk (4.7 per nine innings) and strikeout (6.6) rates declined. So while the stuff is excellent—amid reports that Lara's fastball reached 100 mph in winter ball—he's a long ways from being ready to help a big league club.

Lara was pitching in relief for Licey in the Dominican League this winter, where he had seven walks and four strikeouts in five innings. He'd given up three hits and three runs.


• The Marlins added lefthander Tyler Kehrer from the Angels in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5. A supplemental first-rounder in 2009 out of Eastern Illinois, Kehrer has had trouble throwing strikes, with 166 walks in 257 innings.