Select few from '09 Rule 5 draft made it to bigs
There were 17 selections in the Major League phase of last year's Rule 5 Draft. Only a select few saw any big league action, with just three selections sticking on the 25-man roster of the team that initially acquired them.
There were no immediate impact players, in the mold of Dan Uggla, Josh Hamilton or Joakim Soria, found a year ago, though that doesn't mean some on the list won't eventually go on to make larger Major League contributions.
And it certainly won't keep teams from trying again in this year's Rule 5 Draft, to be held in Orlando on Thursday, Dec. 9. The audio from the 9 a.m. ET event will be carried live on MLB.com.
Here's a recap on what the 2010 season looked like for those taken one year ago.
1. Jamie Hoffmann, OF, by Washington (from LA Dodgers): Hoffman was sent by the Nationals to the Yankees to complete the Brian Bruney trade, but Hoffman was returned to the Dodgers on March 22. After a solid Triple-A season with Albuquerque (.310, 8 HR, 74 RBIs, 17 SB), the Dodgers decided not to make the same mistake twice and added him to the 40-man roster in November.
2. John Raynor, OF, by Pittsburgh (from Florida): Raynor didn't have an outstanding spring, but showed the Pirates just enough to sneak onto the Opening Day Roster. He stuck around until April 27, when he got sent back to the Marlins after just 10 at-bats (and two hits). He missed nearly six weeks with a hamstring injury, though he finished well to end with a .277/.348/.365 line and just three steals in 137 Minor League at-bats. Teams can get another shot at him in this year's Rule 5 Draft as he was not added to the Marlins' 40-man roster.
3. Benjamin Snyder, LHP, by Baltimore (from San Francisco): Snyder was sent by the Orioles to the Rangers to complete the Kevin Milwood trade and appeared in six Spring Training games. The Rangers liked him enough to work out a deal, sending Edwin Escobar to keep the lefty. He spent most of the year with Double-A Frisco, posting a 3.28 ERA and .227 batting average against before appearing in two games for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He's pitching in Puerto Rico now, perhaps auditioning for another Rule 5 selection.
4. Edgar Osuna, LHP, by Kansas City (from Atlanta): The lefty was offered back to the Braves at the end of Spring Training, but Atlanta declined to take him, so the Royals sent him to Double-A to start the year. He made 17 starts for Northwest Arkansas, posting a 2.95 ERA in 94 2/3 IP and was named to the Texas League All-Star team. He got 29 innings of Triple-A work in, with a 9.62 ERA in seven games (five starts). The Royals didn't protect him, so he could be taken again in this year's draft.
5. Hector Ambriz, RHP, by Cleveland (from Arizona): He began the year on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis and ended it needing Tommy John surgery. In between, he actually stuck in the big leagues, appearing in 34 games out of the Indians' bullpen. He finished with a 5.59 ERA and .338 batting average against in 48 1/3 IP. Expected to miss the 2011 season following surgery, the Indians removed him from their 40-man roster this fall.
6. Zachary Kroenke, LHP, by Arizona (from NY Yankees): As a two-time Rule 5 selection, Kroenke had the right to declare free agency if he was claimed off waivers. So when the the Diamondbacks optioned him to Triple-A, no one claimed him. He spent most of the year with Reno, posting a 3.51 ERA in 97 1/3 innings. He struggled in relief (5.23 ERA), but was very good as a starter (1.43 ERA in nine starts), all the while holding lefty hitters to a .188 batting average against. That earned him a big-league callup, where he made three appearances, perhaps opening some eyes in his one start, a five-inning, one-run victory.
7. Carlos Monasterios, RHP, by New York Mets (from Philadelphia): The Mets sent the right-hander to the Dodgers right after the draft last December and Monasterios stuck in Los Angeles all season, save for a stint on the 15-day disabled list with a blister. He ended up being a valuable swing man, making 13 starts and 19 relief appearances. He was more effective overall coming out of the bullpen, with a 2.06 ERA, while he had a 5.91 ERA when helping out in the rotation.
8. Jorge Jimenez, 3B, by Houston (from Boston): Acquired by the Marlins from the Astros as the player to be named later in the Matt Lindstrom trade, the infielder was sent back to the Red Sox on March 21 and headed to Triple-A Pawtucket. He hit just .217 in 95 games, finishing with a .569 OPS in 337 at-bats. He's once again eligible for the Rule 5 Draft.
9. Robert Cassevah, RHP, by Oakland (from LA Angels): The A's sent the right-hander back to the Angels in mid-March and Cassevah began the year with Triple-A Salt Lake. Somewhat ironically, he was called up to the big-leagues by the Angels on April 9 and ended up riding the shuttle up and down a few times in 2010. He had a 3.15 ERA in 16 relief appearances in the Majors, continuing to show a propensity for ground balls (2.40 GO/AO ratio after a 4.83 rate in Triple-A).
10. Zechry Zinicola, RHP, by Toronto (from Washington): The Jays sent Zinicola back to the Nationals on March 18. The Arizona State product spent some time in Triple-A, posting a 4.30 ERA in 11 games, but spent the bulk of the 2010 season back in Double-A, where he had a 2.57 ERA, 11 saves and a .206 batting average against in 26 games. It wasn't enough for him to earn a spot on the 40-man roster.
11. Chuck Lofgren, LHP, by Milwaukee (from Cleveland): Lofgren couldn't stick with the Brewers, but they liked what they saw enough to make a deal to keep him in their organization. He spent the season largely starting for Triple-A Nashville, compiling a 5.18 ERA in 131 2/3 IP. He did, however, keep lefties to a .212 batting average against, perhaps pointing to a future bulllpen role. Lofgren signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants this offseason.
12. Michael Parisi, RHP, by Chicago Cubs (from St. Louis): Parisi stuck around the Cubs organization after being outrighted near the end of Spring Training. He began the year pitching for Triple-A Iowa, but after posting an ERA of 8.50 in five starts, he was bumped down to Double-A Tennessee. He appeared in one game before being shut down for the year with an elbow injury that required surgery
13. Armando Zerpa, LHP, by Tampa Bay (from Boston): The Rays took Zerpa and traded him to the Dodgers for cash considerations. He'd had just one year of full-season ball under his belt at the time and the Dodgers didn't think he was quite ready, sending him back to the Red Sox. He didn't pitch until late June and ended up logging 29 1/3 relief innings for Greenville, finishing with a 2.76 ERA.
14. Kanekoa Texeira, RHP, by Seattle (from NY Yankees): Texeira stuck with the Mariners out of Spring Training, appearing in 16 games in relief and posting a 5.30 ERA. When the M's designated him for assignment, the Royals claimed him and he logged 42 2/3 more innings (4.64 ERA) in their pen before hitting the disabled list in late Augustwith an elbow strain. He was activated a month later, but didn't appear in another game.
15. Steven Johnson, RHP, by San Francisco (from Baltimore): After picking up 4 2/3 Spring Training innings, the Giants sent Johnson back to the Orioles. He spent the year with Double-A Bowie, making 28 starts and finishign with a 5.09 ERA over 145 innings. He was 4-2 with a 3.60 ERA in the second half of the season, but it wasn't enough to land a spot on the 40-man roster.
16. Ben Jukich, LHP, by St. Louis (from Cincinnati): Jukich went back to the Reds and spent the year in Triple-A Louisville. He made 18 starts and 11 relief appearances there, finishing with a 3.90 ERA in 115 1/3 IP. He's not on the 40-man roster, so he could be a two-timer in this year's draft.
17. David Herndon, RHP, by Philadelphia (from LA Angels): The final pick of the Major League phase may have been the most successful. He appeared in 47 games for the playoff-bound Phillies, finishing with a 4.30 ERA in 52 1/3 innings of work. He faded a bit in the second half, perhaps the reason why he didn't make the postseason roster. Still, the right-hander proved he's a big-leaguer with a knack for getting groundball outs (2.61 GO/AO).