Rule 5 Draft: Hernandez, DeShields at top

D-backs snag catcher with first pick; toolsy outfielder headed to Texas

Oscar Hernandez (D-backs) and Delino DeShields (Rangers) could be on Major League rosters come Opening Day.

By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | December 11, 2014 2:00 PM

With all the trades going down in the last few days -- if the hot stove were more than just a metaphor, it would have exploded by now -- it's easy to forget that the Rule 5 Draft was scheduled for Thursday, meaning a whole batch of Minor Leaguers were sent on the move for completely different reasons.

Before we get into who went where, a quick reminder on how the Rule 5 Draft works. Players who were signed when they were 18 or younger and have played five years or more and those who signed at 19 or older with four years of experience are eligible to be picked, so long as they weren't protected on their parent club's 40-man roster. (Or in the case of the Triple-A phase, they must be protected on the Triple-A roster.) A pick in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft costs a club $50,000, but the player must remain on the team's 25-man roster for the entire 2015 season (barring injuries) or be offered back to his original club. Only three (Adrian Nieto, Tommy Kahnle, Wei-Chung Wang) of the nine players selected last year met this requirement in 2014.

Here are the players that were selected in the Major League and Triple-A portions of the 2014 Rule 5 Draft with comments on each. (Note: no player was selected in the Double-A portion, a la Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson last year, and passed picks were not included in the table below.)

Rule 5 Draft selections
MAJOR LEAGUE
PICK NAME POS NEW ORG OLD ORG 2014 NOTES
1 Oscar Hernandez C ARI TB .249 average, .701 OPS, nine HR in Class A; 40.1 percent CS rate
2 Mark Canha 1B COL MIA Traded to A's; .303 average, .889 OPS, 20 HR in Triple-A
3 Delino DeShields OF/2B TEX HOU Astros' No. 12 prospect; 54 SB, .236 average, 11 HR; 101 SB in 2012
4 Jason Garcia RHP HOU BOS Traded to Orioles; 3.67 ERA, 59 K in 56 1/13 IP as reliever; can touch triple digits
5 J.R. Graham RHP MIN ATL Former top Braves prospect; 5.55 ERA, 1.47 WHIP in 71 1/3 IP in Double-A; battled shoulder problems in 2013
6 Jandel Gustave RHP BOS HOU Traded to Royals; 5.01 ERA, 82 K in 79 IP at Class A; can touch triple digits
7 Taylor Featherston SS CHC COL Traded to Angels; .260 average, .760 OPS, 16 HR, 33 2B at Double-A
8 Odubel Herrera 2B PHI TEX .315 average led Texas League, .771 OPS, 21 SB between Double-A/Class A Advanced
9 Andrew McKirahan LHP MIA CHC 2.08 ERA, 57 K, 14 BB in 65 IP as reliever at Double-A/Class A Advanced
10 Sean Gilmartin LHP NYM MIN 3.71 ERA, 133 K, 44 BB in 145 2/3 IP at Triple-A/Double-A; former Braves prospect traded to MIN last offseason
11 Daniel Winkler RHP ATL COL 1.41 ERA, 71 K in 70 IP at Double-A, led Minors in K's in 2013; underwent Tommy John surgery in June; won't be ready until mid-season
12 David Rollins LHP SEA HOU 3.81 ERA, 77 K, 1.23 WHIP in 78 IP at Double-A
13 Logan Verrett RHP BAL NYM 4.33 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 119 K, 34 BB in 162 IP at Triple-A
14 Andrew Oliver LHP PHI PIT 2.53 ERA, 85 K and 47 BB in 65 IP at Triple-A; former Tigers prospect; moved to bullpen full-time in 2014
TRIPLE-A
PICK NAME POS NEW ORG OLD ORG 2014 NOTES
1 Tim Crabbe RHP ARI CIN 4.13 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 60 K in 93 2/3 IP at Triple-A
2 Kyle Simon RHP COL PHI 2.64 ERA, 1.30 WHIP in 75 2/3 IP as Double-A reliever
3 Rock Shoulders 1B TEX CHC .222/.341/.397, 12 HR in 91 games at Class A Advanced; 2012 Moniker Madness champion
4 Luis Flores C HOU CHC .253/.388/.371, five HR in 67 games between Double-A/Triple-A
5 Greg Peavey RHP MIN NYM 4.64 ERA, 123 K, 43 BB in 143 2/3 IP between Double-A/Triple-A
6 Peter Tago RHP CWS COL 6.00 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 48 K, 47 BB in 60 IP at Class A Advanced
7 Ariel Ovando OF CHC HOU .237/.287/.289 at Class A Short Season; yet to play above Class A; expected to become pitcher 
8 Cam Maron C CIN NYM .282/.387/.362, three HR, two 3B, 15 2B in 98 games at Class A Advanced
9 Matthew Tomshaw LHP MIA MIN 3.50 ERA, 1.32 WHIP in 136 1/3 IP at Class A Advanced; 2011 42nd-round pick
10 Juan Gamboa SS SD NYM Played in Mexican League in 2014; .306/.386/.472, seven HR, 50 RBIs; .195 average with .540 OPS at Class A Short Season in 2013
11 Luis Urena OF TB PIT Has yet to pitch in Minor Leagues; 6-foot-4; 22 years old out of Dominican Republic
12 Steven Rodriguez C ATL ARI .263/.365/.383 in 48 games between Class A Advanced/Double-A; 44.2 percent caught-stealing rate
13 Delvi Francisco RHP CLE PHI 7.44 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 47 K, 32 BB in 52 IP as reliever at Class A/Class A Short Season
14 Ramon Del Orbe RHP SF MIA 3.70 ERA, 44 K, 25 BB in 56 IP as reliever at Class A/Class A Short Season
15 Jheyson Manzueta RHP DET MIA 4.37 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 37 K, 25 BB in 59 2/3 IP as reliever at Class A Advanced/Double-A
16 Tyler Waldron RHP STL PIT 3.00 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 46 K, 13 BB in 51 IP as reliever at Class A Advanced/Double-A/Triple-A
17 Peter Lavin OF LAD PHI .287 average, .773 OPS, 11 HR, 11 SB in 128 games at Class A Advanced/Double-A
18 Sean Halton OF BAL MIL .293 average, .777 OPS, eight HR, three 3B, 29 2B in 122 games at Triple-A; had .687 OPS in 42 games with Brewers in 2013
19 Chris Curley 3B LAA CWS .286 average, .721 OPS, five HR, four 3B, 31 2B in 131 games at Double-A; hit 24 HR in Class A Advanced in 2013
20 Hiram Martinez SS TEX MIA .229 average, .536 OPS in 31 games between Class A Short Season/Class A
21 Euclides Leyer RHP CIN CWS 4.53 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 50 K in 55 2/3 IP as reliever at Class A Advanced
22 Harold Riggins 1B MIA CIN .250 average, .757 OPS, 10 HR, 37 RBIs in 93 games at Class A Advanced/Double-A
23 Mikey O'Brien RHP TB BAL 4.40 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 89 K in 114 2/3 IP at Class A Advanced/Double-A/Triple-A in Reds system
24 Brett Jackson OF SF ARI .208 average, .649 OPS, six HR, five SB in Minors; played in seven games for D-backs; former Cubs top prospect
25 Alex Santana RHP LAD BAL 3.20 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, .179 average-against, 48 K in 39 1/3 IP at Class A Short Season/Class A
26 Pedro Ruiz SS LAA ARI .244/.342/.352 in 62 games at Class A Short Season
27 Alex Burgos LHP MIA DET 4.19 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 60 K in 62 1/3 IP mostly as reliever at Class A Advanced/Double-A
28 Randy Fontanez RHP LAD NYM 3.74 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 66 K in 65 IP as reliever at Class A Advanced/Double-A
29 Kentrail Davis OF LAA MIL .245/.354/.337, two HR, two 3B, 23 2B, 14 SB in 108 games at Double-A
30 Nate Samson SS LAD ARI .274/.363/.444 in 36 games at Double-A

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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