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Garcia, Bailey highlight 2019 Rule 5 picks

Yankees hurler, Astros righty join Tigers, Orioles with first picks
Rony Garcia has fanned 348 batters over 396 innings during his Minor League career. (Trenton Thunder)
December 12, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Eleven Minor Leaguers moved to new organizations Thursday with newfound hope of cracking a Major League roster.The Tigers selected Yankees right-hander Rony Garcia with the first overall pick in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Astros righty Brandon Bailey went to

SAN DIEGO -- Eleven Minor Leaguers moved to new organizations Thursday with newfound hope of cracking a Major League roster.
The Tigers selected Yankees right-hander Rony Garcia with the first overall pick in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Astros righty Brandon Bailey went to the Orioles and Nationals No. 13 prospectSterling Sharp joined the Marlins to round out the top three picks.

The Orioles were the only team to make multiple selections, also picking up Cubs right-hander Michael Rucker. There was one trade, with the Phillies selecting Vimael Machin and then sending the former Cubs shortstop to the A's for cash considerations.
Besides Sharp, No. 25 Astros prospect Jonathan Arauz was the only other Top-30-ranked prospect picked. The 21-year-old shortstop, who joined Houston in the Ken Giles trade from the Phillies in Dec. 2015, headed to the Red Sox.
The Astros led all organizations with three players lost in Bailey, Arauz and Mariners selection Yohan Ramirez. The Cubs (Machin, Rucker) were the only other club to lose multiple Minor Leaguers in the Major League portion of the Draft.
Players are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if they are off the 40-man roster and signed when they were 18 or younger and have been in pro ball for five or more seasons or signed when 19 or older and been in pro ball for four or more seasons. Players taken in the Major League portion must remain on the Major League roster for the duration of the 2020 season or be offered back to their original clubs.
Here are the rest of the selections made in the Major League and Triple-A portions of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft.

Rule 5 Draft selections