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2009 Rule 5 Draft Live Blog

December 10, 2009
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12/10/2009 10:47 A.M. ET: Here is some quick info on the Indians new pickup in the Rule 5 Draft, right-hander Hector Ambriz. The Indians got an extensive look at him back when he was at UCLA as he was a teammate of lefty David Huff who they were scouting heavily at the time. He throws a fastball that sits 91-93 MPH and touches up to 95 MPH. His splitter is a very good pitch and is his out pitch. Indians are considering him for the bullpen and think his stuff has potential to play up as a reliever. I will have a more detailed scouting report in my wrapup piece tomorrow morning.

12/10/2009 10:20 A.M. ET: Indians lose left-hander Matt Meyer in Double-A phase of draft to the Cardinals. Good luck to Matt.

12/10/2009 9:58 A.M. ET: Indians lose LHP Anillins Martinez in Triple-A phase, but pick up Gianta AAA outfielder Brian Horwitz.

12/10/2009 9:37 A.M. ET: Not Rule 5 related, but supposedly former Indians pitcher Charles Nagy has rejoined the organization and will be the Triple-A Columbus pitching coach. More in an update later.

12/10/2009 9:23 A.M. ET: Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft is over and the Indians lose one player in left-hander Chuck Lofgren and pick up a player in right-hander hector Ambriz. Tough to see a good guy in Lofgren go, but now he has a chance to realize that dream of being a big leaguer. As always, there is a strong chance he could be returned since Rule 5 picks do not usually stick with their new club. More on Ambriz soon.....and now the minor league phase of the draft is up.

12/10/2009 9:13 A.M. ET: Indians left-hander Chuck Lofgren picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers in the Rule 5 Draft. Good luck to Chuck!

12/10/2009 9:05 A.M. ET: Indians select right-hander Hector Ambriz from the Arizona Diamondbacks with their #5 pick in the Rule 5 Draft. More on Ambriz soon.

12/10/2009 8:17 A.M. ET: Less than an hour until the draft. While the Indians are doing some last minute shuffling through scouting reports to see if they can find a fit with their #5 pick in the Rule 5 Draft, it still looks more than likely that they will not make a selection. That said don't be surprised if the Indians trade the pick for cash.

Also, this has not been mentioned much if at all, but there is an outside chance the player to be named in the Kelly Shoppach deal with the Tampa Rays could involve them trading us their selection (as directed by the Indians). If this happens, don't be surprised if the Rays draft their own player right-hander Aneury Rodriguez and ships him to the Indians. The Rays pick is in the middle of the draft at 16th overall.

Jonathan Mayo of reports that the Royals at #4 are looking for a left-handed reliever and likely will make a pick. As I reported late last night, the Royals have some interest in Indians left-hander Chuck Lofgren as do several other teams because of his excellent splits against lefties this past season. There could be a fit there. Mayo also speculates that the Indians at #5 could target Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Hector Ambriz.

12/10/2009 7:00 A.M. ET: Some early morning updates:

Though things can certainly change, the word out of Indians camp is that they likely will NOT make a selection with their #5 pick in the draft. This does not mean they will not participate in the minor league phase of the draft, as it is possible they may pick up a player or two there.

Word is the Pittsburgh Pirates have shown some interest in Indians left-hander Chuck Lofgren. The Pirates have the #2 pick in the draft, and with former Indians front office executive and now Pirates GM Neal Huntington involved it would not be a huge reach to see them select Lofgren. Huntington is very familiar with Lofgren from his days in the Indians organization up until the end of the 2007 season and knows Lofgren well and saw him at his best before leaving. It may be a reach to consider him with the #2 overall pick, but if Lofgren is still on the board the second time around the Pirates may snatch him up. Three AL teams the Rangers, Royals, and Blue Jays have also reportedly shown interest in Lofgren.

Left-hander Scott Lewis was removed from the 40-man roster about a month ago, but in the process cleared waivers and is still property of the Indians. Even so, he is eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 Draft and the Milwaukee Brewers been kicking the tires on him and showing interest. It is puzzling as to why any team would be interested in him as a Rule 5 pick with the roster restrictions it would bring, whereas he was free to be claimed off waivers with a lot more roster flexibility.

Matt McBride seems to be generating a lot more buzz the past 24-48 hours. Many teams love his potential with the bat, but his lack of a true position really hurts him. He has the versatility to play at catcher, first base and the outfield, but the general feeling is he is almost unplayable at those positions in the big leagues right now. His best chance is to go to an American League team where he could fit in more as a DH and play the other three positions from time to time.

12/10/2009 12:40 A.M. ET: Well, another Rule 5 Draft is here. It is a day that involves a lot of (over)hype leading up to it where fans tend to overreact to the thought of losing some marginal to above average prospects in their team

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