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)

By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | December 12, 2019 2:00 PM

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 prospect Sterling 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
MAJOR LEAGUE PHASE
PICK TEAM PLAYER POS OLD ORG 2019 Notes
1 DET Rony Garcia RHP NYY 4.01 ERA, 129 K in 130 1/3 IP at Double-A, Class A Advanced
2 BAL Brandon Bailey RHP HOU 3.30 ERA, 103 K in 92 2/3 IP at Double-A
3 MIA Sterling Sharp RHP WAS WAS No. 13 prospect; 3.99 ERA, 45 K in 49 2/3 IP at Double-A; limited by oblique injury; 1.50 ERA in six AFL starts
4 KC Stephen Woods Jr. RHP TB 1.88 ERA, 79 K in 86 1/3 IP at Class A Advanced
5 SEA Yohan Ramirez RHP HOU 3.99 ERA, 158 K, 74 BB in 106 IP at Double-A, Class A Advanced
6 CIN Mark Payton OF OAK .334/.400/.653, 30 HR, 7 SB at Triple-A
7 SF Dany Jimenez RHP TOR 2.59 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 93 K in 59 IP at Double-A, Class A Advanced as reliever
8 OAK (via PHI) Vimael Machin SS CHC .295/.390/.412, 7 HR, 8 SB at Triple-A, Double-A
9 CHC Trevor Megill RHP SD 3.86 ERA, 87 K in 60 2/3 IP at Triple-A, Double-A, Class A Advanced
10 BOS Jonathan Arauz SS HOU HOU No. 25 prospect; .249/.319/.388, 11 HR at Double-A, Class A Advanced
11 BAL Michael Rucker RHP CHC 4.18 ERA, 93 K, in 79 23 IP at Triple-A, Double-A as reliever
TRIPLE-A PHASE
1 DET Ruben Garcia RHP BAL 2.01 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 43 K in 31 1/3 IP at Class A, Class A Short Season
2 BAL Cristopher Cespedes OF CLE .326/.386/.543, 6 HR in Rookie-level; AZL end-of-season All-Star
3 MIA Julian Leon C LAA .178/.315/.296, 5 HR at Double-A
4 TOR Hobie Harris RHP NYY 4.62 ERA, 59 K in 48 2/3 IP at Class A Advanced
5 SEA Brian O'Keefe C STL .229/.319/.389, 13 HR at Double-A
6 PIT Alex Aquino RHP ATL 3.60 ERA, 22 K in 20 IP at Rookie Advanced
7 SD Brady Feigl LHP TEX 3.13 ERA, 27 K, 4 BB in 23 IP at Triple-A, Double-A
8 COL Nate Griep RHP MIL 1.92 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 57 K in 56 1/3 IP at Triple-A, Double-A
9 LAA Erick Julio RHP COL pitched only three innings at Class A Advanced, Rookie Advanced
10 CWS Will Carter RHP NYY 5.45 ERA, 43 K, 42 BB in 67 2/3 IP at Triple-A, Double-A
11 CIN Michael De Leon SS TEX .260/.309/.314, 3 HR at Double-A
12 SF Bryan Torres C MIL .283/.373/.356, 21 SB at Rookie Advanced
13 TEX Eris Filpo RHP COL 6.46 ERA, 51 K in 61 1/3 IP at Class A, Class A Short Season, Rookie Advanced
14 CHC Brock Stewart RHP TOR 7.36 ERA, 73 K in 84 1/3 IP at Triple-A; made 13 appearances in MLB for LAD, TOR
15 BOS Raynel Espinal RHP NYY 4.32 ERA, 79 K in 75 IP at Triple-A
16 NYM Adam Oller RHP SF 4.02 ERA, 93 K in 87 1/3 IP at Class A
17 STL Jordan Brink RHP MIL pitched 5 1/3 innings in AZL; signed out of indy ball in August
18 WAS Manuel Geraldo SS SF .255/.298/.371, 5 HR, 18 SB at Class A Advanced
19 CLE Danny Young LHP TOR 2.76 ERA, 42 K in 49 IP at Triple-A, Double-A
20 TB Faustino Carrera LHP CHC 3.62 ERA, 105 K, 29 BB in 117 IP at Class A
21 ATL Wendell Rijo 2B NYY .258/.325/.438, 13 HR at Triple-A, Double-A, Class A Advanced
22 OAK Jason Krizan OF NYM .275/.358/.469, 14 HR at Triple-A, Double-A
23 LAD Carlos Sepulveda INF CHC .243/.342/.285, 14 SB at Class A Advanced
24 DET Brian Schales INF MIN .188/.292/.354, 6 HR at Triple-A, Double-A, Class A Advanced
25 BAL Wilbis Santiago INF CLE .312/.341/.416, 1 HR at Class A Advanced, Class A
26 SEA Jhonny Santos OF MIA .240/.322/.358, 4 HR, 12 SB at Triple-A, Class A Advanced
27 COL Michael Petersen RHP MIL 3.00 ERA, 65 K, 34 BB in 54 IP at Class A Advanced
28 LAA Edwin Yon OF CIN .287/.343/.442, 4 HR at Rookie Advanced
29 CIN Miguel Figueroa RHP SF 3.00 ERA, 45 K, 15 BB in 36 IP at Class A Short Season, Rookie Advanced
30 TEX Andriu Marin RHP MIN 5.92 ERA, 68 K in 48 2/3 IP at Rookie Advanced
31 CHC Jerrick Suiter OF PIT .235/.277/.299 4 HR at Double-A
32 BOS Jose Espada RHP TOR 3.09 ERA, 13 K in 11 2/3 IP at Class A, Rookie-level
33 STL Enrique Saldana RHP COL 2.28 ERA, 42 K in 51 1/3 IP in DSL
34 CLE Jhon Peluffo RHP BAL 2.49 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 67 K in 68 2/3 IP at Class A Advanced, Class A
35 OAK Jose Colina C CLE .372/.443/.744, 8 HR in AZL
36 SEA Dariel Gomez 1B STL .262/.344/.416, 6 HR at Class A Short Season
37 LAA Pedro Diaz OF TB .220/.276/.314, 1 HR, 4 SB at Class A Short Season
38 CHC Vance Vizcaino OF COL .266/.341/.408, 7 HR, 32 SB at Double-A
39 STL Jacob Bosiokovic RHP COL 4.54 ERA, 42 K, 16 BB in 41 2/3 IP at Class A
40 OAK Deivy Mendez RHP SD 4.20 ERA, 33 K, 14 BB in 30 IP at Class A Advanced, Class A Short Season
41 LAA Carlos Reina C CIN .185/.324/.315, 2 HR at Rookie Advanced
42 CHC David Masters SS WAS .256/.345/.466, 13 HR at Double-A, Class A Advanced, Class A Short Season

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