The mad scramble to protect those who were Rule 5 eligible was the number one priority for SSG GM’s Wednesday and Thursday before the 2nd SSG Baseball Rule 5 draft. In this piece, we will look at who lost who or looking at it in the opposite sense, who picked up who.
With the Yankees’ decision, not to use pick one of round one the Royals were next up and selected Pierce Johnson (SP) of the Cubs who spent 2016 in AAA Iowa going 17-10 with a 2.96 ERA. Johnson jumps into the Royals org as their number one pitching prospect.
The Giants used number the 4 pick to select CF Carlos Tocci from the Phillies. Tocci has played no higher than AA Reading. Tocci looks an excellent fielder and base stealer.
Pick 8 saw the Padres Juan Silvero (3B) from the White Sox. In 2016 Silvero jumped from A level ball to AAA with the Charlotte Knights and hit 10 of his 25 home runs at the higher level.
Cincinnati took Diamondback Socrates Brito (CF). Brito has improved year on year since 2012 with an AAA performance that caught the Reds’ eye hitting .283 with 15 HR, driving in 75.
Boston took St Louis 2nd baseman Breyvic Valera with pick 13. Hit .286 with AAA Memphis in 2016, listed as an infielder but look for the Red Sox use him primarily as an outfielder in front of the monster.
With the 20th pick the Tigers selected RF Danry Vasquez. Vasquez is currently injured after breaking his knee cap in July. Prior to the injury had hit .301 at Corpus Christi (AA).
With pick 22 of round 1 the Blue Jays took another OF, selecting from Arizona Mitch Haniger who had spent the last year and a half at AAA Reno. He had a better 2015 at AAA than he did in 2016.
Into round 2 and the Royals took their second player of the draft with 1B Sam Jones from the Dodgers org moving to Kaufmann. Kansas have taken a flier on Jones who at 21 hasn’t played above A level with the Great Lake Loons with only 15 AB’s but posted a 1.100 OPS at Ogden before been promoted.
Pick 4 of round 2 saw the Giants select Ryan Rodebaugh (RP) from the Rangers who looked the part at AA Frisco Roughriders, but struggled at AAA Round Rock with a 5.54 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
Randall Delgado moves the Reds from Philadelphia with pick 11 of round 2. Delgado actually saw MLB action in 2016 pitching in two games and allowing 6 runs in 3.2 innings. He fared better at LeHigh Valley (AAA) with a 12-5 record and a 3.54 ERA.
Boston with the 43rd pick overall selected Braves reliever Ryne Harper who played the entire 2016 season with MBraves going 8-0 with 2 saves and a 2.60 ERA striking out 74 in 57 games.
Dylan Cozens was next off the board with the 50th pick overall moving from Philadelphia to the Tigers. Cozens hit at LeHigh Valley (AAA) in 2016 but predominately at AA level in Reading hitting 21 home runs over the season.
Austin Brice was selected by Toronto with pick 52 from the Marlins. After missing all of 2015 Brice pitched in the Southern League in Jacksonville going 13-11, with a 4.63 ERA
The remainder of the draft was left to the Tigers who selected seven players, Jon Vance (Nationals), Josh Hader (Astros), Jim Leach (Athletics), Blake Snell (Rays), Paul Blackburn (Cubs), Jorge Alfaro (Rangers) and Mauricio Cabrera (Giants).
Apart from Leach and Alfaro all were pitchers.
PLAYERS GAINED BY TEAM PLAYERS LOST BY TEAM
Tigers 9 Phillies 3
Royals 2 Cubs 2
Giants 2 Diamondbacks 2
Reds 2 Astros 2
Red Sox 2 Rangers 2
Blue Jays 2 Cardinals 1
Padres 1 Dodgers 1
White Sox 1