Rainy Day Reading: Rule 5 Draft

In the past I have given a brief pre or post-draft review of the Rule 5 draft that happens at the end of the winter meetings each year.  This year I thought I would open it up and link to other blogs with more knowledge of each player selected.  For the 2010 Rule 5 Draft, here are the results: 

PIT: Josh Rodriguez, SS, Columbus (CLE)

Bucs Prospects gives a brief breakdown of Josh Rodriguez and characterizes him as an offensive-minded utility infielder.  He “doesn’t have shortstop quickness or arm strength” needed to play the position regularly.  In my eyes he could become a late-game offensive replacement for Ronny Cedeno or defensive replacement for Pedro Alvarez or Neil Walker.

SEA: Jose Flores, RHP, Columbus (CLE)

Indians Prospect Insider discusses righty Jose Flores.  Like many blogs, Tony at the Insider is scratching his head over the Mariners’ selection of a High-A ball pitcher with a low-90s fastball and secondary offerings that “are considered anything more than average pitches now and in the future”.

ARI: Joe Paterson, LHP, Fresno (SF)

Call to the Pen looks at Joe Paterson‘s profile.  The side arming lefty looks like a specialist out of the pen.  According to Nathaniel, Joe has “a better chance than most of sticking and contributing right away, particularly in an Arizona bullpen that was terrible in 2010.”

BAL: Adrian Rosario, RHP, Nashville (MIL)

Call to the Pen also recently reviewed Baltimore’s pick of Adrian Rosario saying that he “falls into the ‘good arm, zero experience’ category”.

KC: Nathan Adcock, RHP, Indianapolis (PIT)

Adcock is a 6′-5″ righty who hasn’t passed High-A ball in the five seasons he has been pitching professionally.  Will McDonald of Royals Review give his own introductory glimpse at Adcock.  There are also links to other posts about Adcock at the end of the post.

WAS: Elvin Ramirez, RHP, Buffalo (NYM)

Matthew Cerrone discusses Ramirez prior to the Rule 5 draft in his MetsBlog.  Ramirez was considered by some to be the first overall pick in the draft this year.  He has a fastball that’s been “clocked [at] 94-98 mph this winter”, but his off-speed stuff is “extremely suspect”.  The bullpen has been Ramirez’ destination for a while due to his high walk rate, but the Nationals will put him there sooner than later.

CHC: Mason Tobin, RHP, Salt Lake (LAA)

After Tobin was selected by the Cubs, he was promptly traded to the Texas Rangers for cash. Mason sat out all of 2010 following Tommy John surgery, but the Rangers like his stuff and are willing to roll the dice to see if he can stick in the pen with his mid-90s heater and nice slurve.  Harry Pavlidis of Beyond the Box Score created a thorough break down of Tobin in an April 2009 post, before his injury.

HOU: Aneury Rodriguez, RHP, Durham (TB)

Aneury Rodriguez was acquired by the Rays from the Colorado Rockies in the Jason Hammel deal in April 2009.  He’s still only 22 years old and has decent stuff.  The Crawfish Boxes takes a quick look at him, saying “I can see the Astros gambling on the possibility that he competes for a rotation spot.  If he shows well but can’t beat out the competition, perhaps he becomes a bullpen option”.  Other sources are saying that Aneury is one of the top three players taken in overall prospect value.  RaysProspects takes a deeper look at Rodriguez in a January posting.

MIL: Pat Egan, RHP, Norfolk (BAL)

The Brewers Bar reviews the Brewers’ 6′-8″ haul in the draft.  He says, “With his height, stuff, and ground ball tendencies, he’ll obviously remind a lot of people of Kameron Loe.”  But updates it with a Tweet from Jim Callis of Baseball America calling Egan a “sinker/slider reliever,” but says he doesn’t have a “true go-to pitch.”

NYM: Brad Emaus, 2B, Las Vegas (TOR)

Although Dan Uggla put up more power in the minors, compare his statistics from 2005 in the minors to Emaus‘ this past season at Triple-A.  Las Vegas is a good hitter’s environment, but it’s still an interesting exercise.  Amazin’ Avenue has a further breakdown of the Mets acquisition.  He could have a good chance to stick around.

SD: George Kontos, RHP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY)

Righty Kontos was selected away from the Yankees’ Triple-A team.  Yankees Daily has a detailed scouting report on the pitcher from this past January.  San Diego has always had success developing relief pitching in PETCO, Kontos may be next.

MIN: Scott Diamond, LHP, Gwinnett (ATL)

Aaron Gleeman discusses lefty Diamond in a recent blog post.  Aaron praises his ability to induce ground balls and says that, “Diamond has a chance to stick, in part because he projects as a potentially useful pitcher and in part because the Twins have plenty of spots to settle in the bullpen.”

NYY: Robert Fish, LHP, Salt Lake (LAA)

Halos Heaven has a write-up on Fish that includes a video of him pitching a bullpen session.  According to the site, he has some mechanics issues.  This may limit his long-term ability to become a good LOOGY for a major league team.  It’s doubtful that the Yankees will keep him around.

TB: Cesar Cabral, LHP, Pawtucket (BOS)

Cabral is a lefty reliever that, according to Sox Prospects, “Gets a lot of swings and misses with his changeup, which has nice downward movement.”  He also has a fastball that can occationally reach the mid-90s.  But he’s also struggled in A-ball and has little chance to stick on the Rays roster.

PHI: Michael Martinez, IF, Syracuse (WAS)

Martinez is a light hitting infielder with experience at second, short, and in the outfield.  The Good Phight has a write-up on Martinez, saying that he could possibly fill an Eric Bruntlett-like role.

WAS: Brian Broderick, RHP, Memphis (STL)

Future Redbirds gave a brief breakdown of Broderick after the pitcher was lost to the Nationals in the draft; “Broderick performed well in 2010 splitting his time between Palm Beach and Springfield.  He pitched with well above average command of a sinking fastball generating lots of ground balls and limiting his walks. At 6’6″, Broderick can make full use of his height to drive the ball down in the zone.”

 HOU: Lance Pendleton, RHP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY)

Pendleton grew up on the northeast side of Houston and will return there as the Astros continue their search for additional pitching options.  Stephen Goff of examiner.com posted a detailed article about Pendleton on December 14th.  Although Pendleton will have a spot in the competition for the 5th starter job, the Astros may also try to keep him around in a relief role if he doesn’t join the rotation.

NYM: Pedro Beato, RHP, Norfolk (BAL)

MetsMerizedOnline discusses Beato in a recent posting.  Jim Mancari characterized him as a, “two-pitch reliever with a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s”.  Jim goes on to say that he “could play a role in the 2011 Mets bullpen.”

NYY: Daniel Turpen, RHP, Pawtucket (BOS)

Turpen was acquired in the Ramon Ramirez trade with the San Francisco Giants this past season.  As Sox Prospects states, he is a “Big sidearm reliever with a 93-94 mph fastball, complemented by an above-average changeup and an above-average slider. Induces a lot of ground balls.”


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