The Rule 5 draft has lost some luster in recent years due to changes in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that make it so the players involved in the process are older and therefore more likely to have little prospect status remaining.
However, there are going to be times when a player exceeds the expectations put upon them and becomes a viable big-leaguer.
Gone are the days when superstars like Roberto Clemente, Johan Santana and Josh Hamilton get taken.
Nowadays, you are more likely to see a couple of relief pitchers make it in the big leagues and possibly a position player. The players selected in this year's Rule 5 draft all have at least one intriguing tool, though they are all long shots to have a sustained big league career.
Here is a closer look at the players selected in the 2012 Rule 5 draft.
|2012 MLB RULE 5 DRAFT RESULTS|
|1. Houston Astros Select RHP Josh Fields|
|2. Chicago Cubs Select RHP Hector Rondon|
|3. Colorado Rockies Select LHP Danny Rosenbaum|
|4. Minnesota Twins Select RHP Ryan Pressly|
|5. Cleveland Indians Select 1B Chris McGuiness|
|6. Miami Marlins Select OF Alfredo Silverio|
|7. Boston Red Sox Select 2B Jeff Kobernus; Traded to Tigers|
|8. New York Mets Select LHP Kyle Lobstein; Trade To Tigers Expected|
|9. Arizona Diamondbacks Select RHP Starling Peralta|
|10. Philadelphia Phillies Select OF Ender Inciarte|
|11. Chicago White Sox Select SS Angel Sanchez|
|12. Baltimore Orioles Select LHP T.J. McFarland|
|13. Texas Rangers Select RHP Coty Woods|
|14. Houston Astros Select 1B Nate Freiman|
|15. Miami Marlins Select LHP Braulio Lara|
Top Players Taken
Josh Fields to Houston
2012 Stats across Double-A and Triple-A: 42 G, 2.01 ERA 58.1 IP, 38 Hits, 4 HR, 18 BB, 78 K
The rebuilding Astros can afford to take some risks with their roster, especially in a setting like the Rule 5 draft.
I always felt that Fields was one of the most likely candidates to be taken in this draft because he was one of the few pitchers who had success at the Triple-A level in 2012 and has the stuff to play out of the bullpen in the big leagues.
The biggest issue that Fields has had throughout his minor league career, at least prior to 2012, was finding the strike zone. If he can harness his command and control, then he can find a role with the Astros.
Chris McGuiness to Cleveland
2012 Stats at Double-A Frisco: 123 G, .268/.366/.474, 122 H, 23 HR, 69 BB, 107 K
McGuiness is an intriguing bat for the Indians, though I would hardly call him a lock to be an everyday starter. He has a good eye and discipline at the plate, his power started to show up in games this season and he can handle himself at first base.
To be a starter as a first baseman, you have to be able to hit a lot. McGuiness can hit, probably not enough for the position, though. Considering that the Indians went through 2012 with Casey Kotchman at first base, whatever McGuiness adds with the bat would an upgrade.
Ryan Pressly to Minnesota
2012 Stats across High-A Salem and Double-A Portland: 5.38 ERA, 103.2 IP, 109 Hits, 11 HR, 36 BB, 82 K
Pressly is a converted starter who started to show signs of promise when he shifted to the bullpen. His power arsenal works better in a short stint, giving his fastball a little extra juice and a wipeout curveball that should miss bats at the big league level.
Pressly is a solid, low-risk gamble to take for 2013.