2013 Rule 5 Draft: Live blog
UPDATE 9:34 AM: The Double-A phase is now complete and no Indians were selected. The Indians also did not select anyone. The Rule 5 Draft is now over, and without any activity coming or going for the Indians - though not unexpected. A total of 45 players in all three phases were selected.
UPDATE 9:30 AM: No Indians were selected in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft, and they did not select anyone. On a funny note, the Rangers selected Russell Wilson in the Triple-A phase....yes...that Russell Wilson of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
UPDATE 9:13 AM: As expected, the Rule 5 Draft was pretty light this year as only 9 players in all were selected in the Major League phase. Teams did a nice job protecting their talent and there just was not a lot out there to select. Triple-A and Double-A phase about to begin where the Indians could still select someone or lose someone.
UPDATE 9:08 AM: The Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft is over. No Indians were selected.
UPDATE 9:03 AM: The Indians are not going to select anyone in the draft.
I will be updating this posting with news and notes from today’s Rule 5 Draft, though I have a feeling that today’s activity could be the lightest in years. We will see.
The Indians have a spot open on the 40-man roster as they are currently at 39 players, so it is possible they draft someone. If they do, the belief is that it will be a relief pitcher as the highest success rate and most common selection rate in the draft belongs to pen arms.
The draft starts at 9:00am ET. Here are a few quick notes leading up to the start of the draft:
- If you don't know how the Rule 5 Draft works, what it is about and more, then I suggest you check out the site FAQ.
- I provided a thorough preview of the draft in Tuesday’s piece and projected what would happen with every Indians eligible player. The Indians names to keep an eye on as possible selections include the likes of left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto, left-handed Matt Packer, outfielder Tyler Holt, right-handed pitcher Tyler Sturdevant, right-handed pitcher Joseph Colon and left-handed pitcher Elvis Araujo. There can always be a surprise, but the Indians are not expected to lose anyone in the major league phase of the draft.
- To make a selection a team has to have space on the 40-man roster before the start of the draft. If they go in with a full 40 players, they cannot select anyone. Here is the draft order and the amount of players each team has on the 40-man:
# Team 40-man
1 HOU 38
2 MIA 40
3 CWS 38
4 CHC 37
5 MIN 40
6 SEA 39
7 PHI 39
8 COL 38
9 TOR 39
10 NYM 36
11 MIL 39
12 SD 39
13 SF 39
14 LAA 38
15 ARI 36
16 BAL 37
17 NYY 40
18 KC 39
19 WAS 40
20 CIN 40
21 TEX 38
22 TB 39
23 CLE 38
24 LAD 35
25 DET 40
26 PIT 40
27 OAK 39
28 ATL 37
29 BOS 40
30 STL 36
- As noted in our 10-year review of the Rule 5 Draft, middle relievers are the prime target as over the past 10 years 52% of the picks have been pen arms. Starting pitchers (20%) and outfielders (10%) make up the majority of the rest of the picks. Pitching is the focus and versatility on the diamond is always a secondary focus, so corner infielders and outfielders and catchers are rarely picked.
- Teams generally focus on power arms in the bullpen, and one guy who could interest teams is Sturdevant who has been up to 100 MPH in the past. He is coming off shoulder surgery and missed all of 2013, and without teams seeing him and knowing his medical status, it is hard to see someone being truly interested in him. That said, he has been throwing a little this offseason in the Arizona Fall League and in winter ball in Puerto Rico, so if the velocity is there and they believe he looks healthy, he might be intriguing to someone. If a team wants to take a risk and try and hit a home run, then Elvis Araujo could be such a guy. He has unbelievable talent and stuff, but has limited experience above Low-A and has a long injury history.
- As I get updates and the draft commences, I will timestamp them and post them at the top of this posting. So please check back for updates.
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There's an article in the AJC today about Braves GM being "sticker shocked" this off season. The Indians FO has to find bargains and they generally don't manifest until later in the off season. I don't think they are content, just waiting for the market to move.
Brian Moran older brother of Colin Moran was traded by the Blue Jays to the Angels. The Angels have acq. three LH pitchers at the winter mtgs (Skaggs, Santiago and Moran).
As for who gets picked: Zach Thornton, Marcus Mateo, Danny Burawa, Freddy Lewis, Brian Moran, Tommy Kahnle, Kevin Munson, Marcus Hatley, and Seth Blair. I think any of those could be targets for the Tribe.
I'd prefer... Thornton, Moran, Kahnle, Blair, Burawa, Munson, Hatley, Lewis, Ybarra, Arias, Ha, Carlos Perez and Luis in that order. A cpl those guys would probably be better served back in the minors, so they would be trade candidates...but worth a flier to add talent, IMO.
Marcus Hatley, Matt Loosen (Cubs), Matt Lollis (Pads), Tommy Kahnle, Danny Burawa, lefty - Freddy Lewis, lefty - Omar Luis (NYY), Kevin Munson (Dbax), lefty - Brian Moran (M's), lefty - Tyler Ybarra (Blue Jays), Ryan Chafee (Angels), Seth Blair, Boone Whiting (Cards), Zach Thornton (Pirates).
A few position players I think could be selected... Carlos Perez - C (Astros), Marco Hernandez -SS (Cubs), Junior Arias - OF (Reds), Brian Fletcher -1b / OF (Royals), Andy Wilkins 1b / OF (WSox), Tim Wheeler - OF (Rockies).
From the Tribe... Elvis Arajao - LHRP, Tyler Holt - OF, Giovanni Soto - LHRP, Giovanny Urshela - 3b / UTL, Enosil Tejada - RHRP, and Matt Packer - LHRP.