December 6, 2007

Rounding up the Rule 5 Draft

Lots of relievers picked up by NLC teams in the draft this year. That’s not surprising considering how expensive the market is for one-inning pitchers.

The Astros picked up 22 year-old left-handed reliever Wesley Wright from the Dodgers. Wright split time in 2007 between AA and AAA, so the Astros are obviously hoping he can be a useful bullpen-er in the majors for 2008.

The Brewers didn’t make any picks due to a tight roster, but they did lose one player. Callix Crabbe, a 24 year-old infielder/outfielder, was taken by the Padres. Well, at least the Brewers seemed to have staunched the flow of relievers heading out the door.

The Cardinals managed to get perhaps the best player available in the Rule 5 draft, 25 year-old outfielder Brian Barton. I imagine he’ll get right to work mysteriously pissing off Tony Larussa, or is that something only third basemen do?

The Cubs didn’t pick anyone, but they were involved in another trade, a la last year’s that sent Josh Hamilton to the Reds. This time they received right-handed pitcher Tim Lahey from the Twins via the Devil Rays. Also, the Cubs lost a player in the draft for the sixth consecutive year, as 24 year-old catcher Randy Wells was claimed by the Blue Jays. I don’t know if that’s a record, but I’m betting they can tack on 94 more. They’re so good at losing streaks.

The Pirates took 24 year-old reliever Evan Meeks from the Devil Rays to help bolster their bullpen. The team released Jose Castillo to make room. Castillo had been the Pirates’ 2nd baseman for the last few years. He’s 26, but he’s played considerably older than that.

The Reds are hoping for a repeat of the Rule 5 success they had last year with Josh Hamilton and Jared Burton. And really, what better way to measure how good a team is than it’s success at the Rule 5 draft? That’s why the Reds are the best! This year the Reds took 22 year-old right-hander Sergio Valenzuela from the Braves. They lost 25 year-old right-handed pitcher Carlos Guevara–a player with way better stats but who pays attention to those–to the Marlins.

4 comments to “Rounding up the Rule 5 Draft”

  1. KC2HMZ says:

    I mentioned this in another thread, but have you seen Valenzuela’s 2006 and 2007 numbers from rookie league and Class-A ball?

    I’d post them for you but this isn’t supposed to be an x-rated web site. Suffice to say, I see no reason why anyone would expect this kid to be able to make the jump from High-A ball to the majors. They’ll get $25,000 for him when they ship him back to the Braves, half of what they wasted to pick him. Wrong decade, wrong Valenzuela. 🙁

  2. Zeldink says:

    I sure did see them. They’re even available from his linked name in the post. Even as bad as the Reds bullpen was last year, I don’t see how helpful the addition of a reliever with a 7 ERA will be.

  3. KC2HMZ says:

    I didn’t mean you specifically, Zeldink, the comment was just directed genersally to anyone reading the comment. But yeah, and that 7 ERA was in Class-A. Put that in the majors, and I expect an ERA that’s solidly in Chris Booker territory.

  4. Red Hot Mama says:

    Ah, Chris Booker. Those were the days.