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2011 Rule 5 Draft: Live Blog

December 8, 2011
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UPDATE 10:40am: I wish a lot of luck to Marty Popham and Donnie Webb. Triple-A phase guys can have value, as we have seen with lefty Matt Meyers who was selected in the Triple-A phase two years ago and is now a candidate to pitch with the Angels sometime this year.

Popham will be missed the most, but he is going to a better opportunity. Right now the Indians have a system flooded with pitching at the upper levels and when projecting out the Double-A pitching staff to start 2012 it was hard to see a spot for him. The Indians have so much depth and guys with similar abilities that even though he should have probably been in Double-A this past season he ended up pitching almost the entire year at High-A Kinston. He is a big, physical pitcher who throws in the low 90s and has gotten it up to 95 MPH in the past, and has a slider and changeup which has some potential as solid-average pitches. I will post his full 2011 scouting report shortly.

Webb has been bothered by numerous injuries the last two seasons which have really hurt his development. He is a good defender with nice speed, but the bat is way too inconsistent and he had really become an organizational player. This will give him an opportunity elsewhere where maybe he can get more Triple-A exposure, something of which was not going to happen with the Indians. I will post his full 2011 scouting report shortly as well.

As an FYI, I had Popham ranked 55th and Webb 90th in my 2011 Indians prospect rankings. For 2012, Webb would have been off the Top 100 listing and Popham in the mid-40s.

UPDATE 10:35am: The Rule 5 Draft is over and the Indians did not select anyone in any phase. No one was selected as expected in the Major League phase, but they did lose right-handed pitcher Marty Popham (Twins) and outfielder Donnie Webb (Marlins) in the Triple-A phase. The Indians did not lose anyone in the Double-A phase.

UPDATE 10:23am: The Indians have lost outfielder Donnie Webb to the Marlins in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Like with Popham, he is now 100% the property of his new team.

UPDATE 10:20am: The Indians have lost right-handed pitcher Marty Popham to the Twins in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft. He is 100% the property of the Twins and will not be returned.

UPDATE 10:13am: The MLB portion of the Rule 5 Draft is over and only 12 players in total were selected. As expected there were no Indians selected in the draft. The Triple-A phase will start shortly.

UPDATE 10:05am: The Indians have not made a roster move prior to the start of the Rule 5 Draft to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. They are not eligible to participate in the Major League phase.

9:19am: I will be updating this posting with news and notes from today

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