2013 MLB Rule 5 Draft results

Otto Greule Jr

The most notable moment of today's Rule 5 Draft had little to do with baseball.

MLB's Rule 5 Draft was held this morning, but the Indians did not select anyone, nor were any of the players they left vulnerable to the draft selected by anyone else.

In fact, only 9 teams bothered to draft anyone during the Major League phase of the draft, making it one of the least eventful Rule 5 Drafts on record. (There were an average of 17 players drafted during the 5 previous drafts)

Here are this year's results, along with each player's former team (keep in mind that draft order is determined by this season's regular season results, just as it will be in next June's amateur player draft):

Astros: Patrick Schuster, LHP (ARI)
White Sox: Adrian Nieto, C (WAS)
Phillies: Kevin Munson, RHP (ARI)
Rockies: Thomas Kahnle, RHP (NYY)
Blue Jays: Brian Moran, LHP (SEA)
Mets: Seth Rosin, RHP (PHI)
Brewers: Wei-Chung Wang, LHP (PIT)
Diamondbacks: Marcos Mateo, RHP (CHC)
Orioles: Michael Almanzar, 3B (BOS)

There's a good chance you're not familiar with any of those guys, but if you'd like to be, Minor League Ball's John Sickels has a brief scouting report on each of them.

A quick summary of what happens when a player is selected in the Rule 5 Draft, from MLB.com:

A team that selects a player in the Rule 5 Draft pays $50,000 to the team from which he was selected. The receiving team must then keep the player on the Major League 25-man roster for the entirety of the next season, and the selected player must remain active (not on the disabled list) for a minimum of 90 days. If the player does not remain on the Major League roster, he is offered back to the team from which he was selected for $25,000. If his original team declines, the receiving team may waive the player. Once a player is selected, he is automatically assigned to his new organization's 40-man roster.

The roster-spot commitment explains why so many teams pass on selecting anyone, but there have been some very notable players acquired in the Rule 5 Draft over the years, including Roberto Clemente, Darrell Evans, Jose Bautista, R.A. Dickey, Josh Hamilton, and Johan Santana.

The most notable moment of today's proceedings came during the Minor League phase (which does not include the same roster commitments as the Major League phase). The Rangers chose a second baseman in the Rockies system who hasn't played baseball since 2011 and is now 25, old for a prospect who's never played above SIngle-A. Who is this man, and what's kept him off the diamond? It's Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who leads arguably the NFL's best team and is probably headed for the Pro Bowl. Wilson was the Rockies' 4th round pick in 2010, and did play in their farm system for a couple summers, but he stayed in school and stuck with football.

Something tells me he won't be joining the Rangers.


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