Yesterday was the annual Rule 5 Draft in Major League Baseball. For those unfamiliar with the Rule 5 Draft process, here’s a brief overview.
The Rule 5 Draft occurs every year in December, at the conclusion of the Winter Meetings of general managers. It aims to prevent teams from stockpiling too many young and talented players on their minor league affiliate teams when other teams would be willing to have them play in the majors. It’s named after its location in the MLB rule book (the Rule 4 Draft is the first-year player draft that occurs every June).
The pool of players eligible to be selected by teams are made up of those guys who are not on their respective team’s 40-man roster four or five years after signing, depending on the age at which they signed (five years if they signed at 18 or younger, otherwise four). Teams draft according to where they finished the 2013 season, with the worst team being given the opportunity to make the first selection. If a team drafts a player, it must pay his former team $50,000.00 in compensation and keep that player on its Major League roster (the 25-man) all season. If the player does not remain on the Major League roster all season, the selecting team must offer the player back to his original team for $25,000.00. Organizations may also draft players from AA or lower to play for their AAA affiliates (for $12,000) and may draft players from A teams or lower to play for their AA affiliates (for $4,000).
It’s one of those weird, quirky elements that only exists in the MLB (like “super 2” eligibility and “qualified offers”). But it’s worth keeping an eye on, because there have been some All-Star players picked up through Rule 5 Drafts in the past.
Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente was a Rule 5 Draft selection of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s the most notable. Other current and recent superstar Rule 5 Draftees include Blue Jays outfield Jose Bautista, Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, Pirates closer Jason Grilli, Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey, Mets starter Johan Santana, Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, Padres outfielder Everth Cabrera, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth and Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino.
And now for the results from this year’s Rule 5 Draft:
Astros select left-hander Patrick Schuster from the Diamondbacks.
Marlins did not make a selection.
White Sox select catcher Adrian Nieto from the Nationals.
Phillies select right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks.
Twins did not make a selection.
Mariners did not make a selection.
Phillies did not make a selection.
Rockies select right-hander Tommy Kahnle from the Yankees.
Blue Jays select left-hander Brian Moran from the Mariners
Mets select right-hander Seth Rosin from the Phillies.
Brewers select left-hander Wei-Chung Wang from the Pirates.
Padres did not make a selection.
Giants did not make a selection.
Angels did not make a selection.
Diamondbacks select right-hander Marcos Mateo from the Cubs.
Orioles select third baseman Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox.
Yankees did not make a selection.
Royals did not make a selection.
Nationals did not make a selection.
Reds did not make a selection.
Rangers did not make a selection.
Rays did not make a selection.
Indians did not make a selection.
Dodgers did not make a selection.
Tigers did not make a selection.
Pirates did not make a selection.
Athletics did not make a selection.
Braves did not make a selection.
Red Sox did not make a selection.
Cardinals did not make a selection.