The Rule 5 draft occurs next week during the annual Winter Meetings. While Nevin Ashley, Alex Cobb and Dane De La Rosa were protected from the draft, nine former Stone Crabs were left eligible for the draft and at risk to be signed by other organizations.
The former Stone Crabs eligible for the 2010 Rule 5 Draft include:
- Chris Andujar
- Matt Fields
- John Matulia
- Deivis Mavarez
- Shawn O’Malley
- Rayner Oliveros
- Paul Phillips
- Ryan Royster
- Henry Wrigley
To summarize the draft process, it occurs similar to the Amateur Draft in which the team selection order is based on the record from the previous regular season. In order to make a selection in the draft, the selecting team must have an available roster slot on their 40-man roster. Once a player is selected in the draft, he must remain on the club’s 25-man roster for the entire 2011 season and is not eligible for designation to the minors for the entire season. The player must remain active for at least 90 games, should he not meet the required 90 games, the remaining active games will carry over to the 2012 season. If a team wished to part ways with a Rule 5 draftee, he will be placed on waivers. Should the player not be selected by another club, he will be returned to the original club he was with prior to the draft.
There are two criteria that need to be met in order to be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. The first are players signed at age 19 or older and have been in the organization for 4 years. The other are players signed at age 18 or younger and have been in the organization for 5 years. If a player meets one of these two requirements, the only way to protect them from the draft is to put them on the club’s 40-man roster.
There are plenty of good players available in the draft. A complete list of available players can be found at SPANdemonium
The 109th annual Baseball Winter Meetings will take place from December 6-9 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The draft is scheduled to occur on December 9th.