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Schuster, Nieto top picks in Rule 5
Left-hander, catcher taken by Astros, White Sox respectively
12/12/2013 6:08 AM ET
Patrick Schuster fanned 45 in 44 1/3 frames in the California League.
Patrick Schuster fanned 45 in 44 1/3 frames in the California League. (Ken Weisenberger/MiLB.com)

Some players got some new homes Thursday morning. The only thing left to determine is how permanent the moves will be.

Nine players were selected in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, highlighted by first overall pick and left-handed pitcher Patrick Schuster.

Schuster, who had been part of the D-backs organization entering the day, was picked by the Astros in the Draft but is being moved to the Padres to complete Wednesday's trade that sent reliever Anthony Bass to Houston. The southpaw posted a 1.83 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 18 walks in 44 1/3 innings at Class A Advanced Visalia last season. It was the 23-year-old's second season in the California League.



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Schuster made a name for himself at J.W. Mitchell (New Port Richey, Fla.) High School where he threw four straight no-hitters in 2009. The D-backs took him in the 13th round that year.

Adrian Nieto was the second choice of the Draft, moving from the Nationals to the White Sox. The 24-year-old Cuban catcher slashed .285/.373/.449 with 11 homers and 53 RBIs in 110 games for Class A Advanced Potomac last season. He also batted .271/.345/.333 in a 13-game stint in the Arizona Fall League.

Kevin Munson (Phillies), Tommy Kahnle (Rockies), Brian Moran (Blue Jays), Seth Rosin (Mets), Wei-Chung Wang (Brewers), Marcos Mateo (D-backs) and Michael Almanzar (Orioles) rounded out the other nine selections in the Major League portion of the Draft. Moran and Rosin were both traded to the Angels and Dodgers, respectively, following their selections. 

Those players picked in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft must stick on his new team's 25-man roster for the entirety of the 2014 regular season, lest they be returned to their previous organization.

Thirty-four selections were made in the Triple-A portion and just two were picked in the Double-A section. The biggest name in the later rounds doesn't even play baseball anymore. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was taken in the Triple-A round by the Rangers. Wilson last played second base in the Rockies system in 2011.

Here's a breakdown of each Rule 5 selection:

Rule 5 Draft selections
MAJOR LEAGUE      
PICK NAME POS NEW ORG OLD ORG 2013 NOTES
1 Patrick Schuster LHP HOU ARI Pick expected to be moved to Padres
2 Adrian Nieto C CWS WAS .285/.373/.449 at Class A Advanced Potomac
3 Kevin Munson RHP PHI ARI 4.12 ERA, 66 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings
4 Tommy Kahnle RHP COL NYY 2.85 ERA, 74 strikeouts, 45 walks in 60 innings
5 Brian Moran LHP TOR SEA 3.45 ERA, 85 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings, traded to Angels
6 Seth Rosin RHP NYM PHI 4.33 ERA in 26 Double-A games (23 starts), traded to Dodgers
7 Wei-Chung Wang LHP MIL PIT 3.23 ERA in 12 Gulf Coast League games (11 starts)
8 Marcos Mateo RHP ARI CHC 1.74 ERA in 31 innings across three levels
9 Michael Almanzar 3B BAL BOS .268/.328/.432, 16 homers, 81 RBIs at Double-A Portland
TRIPLE-A      
ROUND (PICK) NAME POS NEW ORG OLD ORG 2013 NOTES
1 Ravel Santana CF HOU NYY .593 OPS at Class A Short-Season Staten Island
2 Justin Bour 1B MIA CHC .237/.313/.461, 18 homers at Double-A Tennessee
3 Evan Crawford LHP CWS TOR 5.60 ERA, 44 strikeouts, 23 walks in 45 innings
4 Charles Cutler C CHC PIT .298/.397/.420 in 86 games at Double-A Altoona
5 Kevin Thomas RHP MIN STL 3.00 ERA, 80 strikeouts, 18 walks in 63 innings
6 Roberto Espinosa RHP TOR PIT 2.30 ERA, 31 strikeouts, 15 walks in 27 1/3 innings
7 Jonathan Velasquez RHP NYM MIN Hasn't pitched in Minors since 2010
8 Kevin Mattison OF MIL MIA .216/.293/.368, 18 steals at Triple-A New Orleans
9 Jacob Lemmerman SS SDP STL .231/.353/.367 at Double-A Springfield
10 Jose Valdivia RHP LAA SEA 2.23 ERA, 36 strikeouts in 20 Class A Short-Season innings
11 Michael Lee RHP ARI ATL 3.77 ERA in 26 games (21 starts) over two levels
12 Julio Borbon OF BAL CHC .200 average, .558 OPS in 73 MLB games
13 Theo Bowe OF WAS CIN .206/.260/.307 in 99 games with Double-A Pensacola
14 Michael O'Brien RHP CIN NYY 4.17 ERA, 124 strikeouts in 27 games (25 starts)
15 Russell Wilson 2B TEX COL Plays quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
16 Enderson Franco RHP TB HOU 5.05 ERA in 12 starts at Rookie-level Greeneville
17 Tyler Sample RHP PIT KC 5.06 ERA, 47 strikeouts, 49 walks in 48 innings
18 Tim Atherton RHP OAK MIN 2.54 ERA, 102 strikeouts, in 95 2/3 Class A innings
19 Jonathan Roof SS BOS PHI .254/.321/.381 across two Class A levels
20 Gregory Miclat SS STL TEX .244/.330/.284 across three levels
21 Carlos Vazquez LHP HOU NYM 2.93 ERA, 22 strikeouts, seven walks in 30 2/3 innings
22 Brady Shoemaker OF MIA CWS Didn't play in 2013 (shoulder surgery)
23 Omar Narvaez C CWS TB .267/.311/.333 with Class A Short-Season Hudson Valley
24 James Fuller LHP MIN NYM 3.24 ERA, 58 strikeouts, 25 walks in 50 innings
25 Richard Bleier LHP TOR TEX 3.32 ERA in 81 1/3 innings across two levels
26 Vinnie Catricala 3B MIL OAK .621 OPS, traded to A's from Mariners during season
27 Adolfo Reina C SDP DET .193/.241/.283 across two levels
28 Hector Hernandez LHP ARI STL 3.55 ERA, 88 strikeouts, 48 walks in 121 2/3 innings
29 Martires Arias RHP WAS NYM 5.81 ERA in 12 games at Rookie-level Kingsport
30 AJ Morris RHP PIT CHC 4.75 ERA in 31 games (10 starts) at Double-A Tennessee
31 Jesus Ustariz 3B STL DET .280/.391/.452 in 53 games across two levels
32 Tony Thompson 3B MIA OAK .250/.322/.428, 18 homers, 92 RBIs at Class A Advanced Stockton
33 Scott Shuman RHP TOR SF 9.51 ERA, 39 strikeouts, 42 walks in 28 innings
34 Felipe Gonzalez RHP PIT NYY 2.23 ERA in 11 games (five starts) in the GCL
DOUBLE-A      
ROUND (PICK) NAME POS NEW ORG OLD ORG 2013 NOTES
1 Blaine Sims LHP HOU ATL 8.44 ERA in 53 1/3 innings across three levels
2 Kelvin Castro RHP MIA NYY 3.21 ERA, 44 strikeouts, 11 walks in 33 2/3 innings

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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