MLB Rule 5 Draft Pick By Pick

Rule 5 Draft

What is the MLB Rule 5 Draft?

From Wikipedia:

“The Rule 5 draft aims to prevent teams from stockpiling too many young players on their minor league affiliate teams, when other teams would be willing to have them play in the major leagues.”

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The Rule 5 Draft order is based on each team’s win-loss record from the prior regular season. Each round starts with the team with the worst record and takes turns up to the team with the best record. It is a lot like the NFL’s annual Supplemental Draft.

MLB teams do not have to make a selection at any point. Any player selected under Rule 5 is immediately added to his new team’s 40-man roster.

Players are eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft if they are not on their major league organization’s 40-man roster and:

  • were 18 or younger on the June 5 preceding their signing and this is the fifth Rule 5 draft upcoming; or
  • were 19 or older on the June 5 preceding their signing and this is the fourth Rule 5 draft upcoming.

When is the MLB Rule 5 Draft?

The Rule 5 draft is a Major League Baseball player draft that occurs each year in December, at the annual Winter Meeting of general managers.

Who are some notable players drafted in the Rule 5 Draft?

  • Darrell Evans
  • George Bell
  • Kelly Gruber
  • Bobby Bonilla
  • Josh Hamilton
  • Dave Hollins
  • Johan Santana
  • Bip Roberts
  • Joakim Soria
  • Cecil Cooper
  • John Wetteland
  • Javier Lopez
  • Mitch Williams
  • R.A. Dickey
  • Roberto Clemente

Rule 5 Draft 2020

Major League Phase:

Round 1

1) Pirates: Jose Soriano, RHP (Angels No. 13)
2) Rangers: Brett de Geus, RHP (Dodgers No. 27)
3) Tigers: Akil Baddoo, OF (Twins No. 13)
4) Red Sox: Garrett Whitlock, RHP (Yankees)
5) Orioles: Mac Sceroler, RHP (Reds)
6) D-backs: Zach Pop, RHP (Orioles)
7) Rockies: Jordan Sheffield, RHP (Dodgers)
8) Angels: Jose Rivera, RHP (Astros No. 14)
9) Mets: Luis Oviedo, RHP (Indians No. 25)
10) Mariners: Will Vest, RHP (Tigers)
11) Phillies: Kyle Holder, SS (Yankees)
12) Giants: Dedniel Nunez, RHP (Mets No. 18)
13) Marlins: Paul Campbell, RHP (Rays No. 24)
14) Cubs: Gray Fenter, RHP (Orioles)
15) Indians: Trevor Stephan, RHP (Yankees No. 24)
16) A’s: Ka’ai Tom, CF (Indians)

Round 2

17) Orioles: Tyler Wells, RHP (Twins)
18) A’s: Dany Jimenez, RHP (Blue Jays)

Triple-A Phase

Round 1

1) Pirates: Shea Spitzbarth, RHP (Dodgers)
2) Rangers: Matthew Wivinis, RHP (Yankees)
3) Tigers: Yunior Perez, RHP (Cubs)
4) Red Sox: Tyreque Reed, 1B (Rangers)
5) Orioles: Rickey Ramirez, RHP (Twins)
6) D-backs: Tyler Gilbert, LHP (Dodgers)
7) Angels: Brendon Davis, SS (Rangers)
8) Mets: Andrew Ferguson, CF (Astros)
9) Mariners: Amador Arias, 2B (Rays)
10) Giants: Vince Fernandez, OF (Rockies)
11) Astros: Joe Record, RHP (Twins)
12) Marlins: Jake Fishman, LHP (Blue Jays)
13) Reds: Errol Robinson, SS (Dodgers)
14) Cardinals: Garrett Williams, LHP (Angels)
15) Blue Jays: Sebastian Espino, SS (Mets)
16) Yankees: Matt Krook, LHP (Rays)
17) Cubs: Nicholas Padilla, RHP (Rays)
18) White Sox: Martin Carrasco, RHP (Padres)
19) Indians: Chris Roller, CF (Dodgers)
20) Braves: A.J. Puckett, RHP (White Sox)
21) A’s: Zach Jackson, RHP (Blue Jays)
22) Twins: Jhonleider Salinas, RHP (Rays)
23) Padres: Yorman Rodriguez, C (Blue Jays)
24) Rays: Jordan Brink, RHP (Cardinals)
25) Dodgers: Ryan January, C (D-backs)

Round 2

26) Pirates: Claudio Finol, SS (Reds)
27) Rangers: Yohel Pozo, C (Padres)
28) Red Sox: Kaleb Ort, RHP (Yankees)
29) Orioles: Christopher Hudgins, C (Royals)
30) Angels: Gustavo Campero, C (Yankees)
31) Mets: Justin Dillon, RHP (Blue Jays)
32) Giants: Ronnie Williams, RHP (Cardinals)
33) Astros: Seth Martinez, RHP (A’s)
34) Marlins: Dylan Bice, RHP (Rangers)
35) Reds: Wilfred Astudillo, C (Mets)
36) Yankees: Reggie McClain, RHP (Phillies)
37) Cubs: Samuel Reyes, RHP (Pirates)
38) Braves: Jalen Miller, 2B (Giants)
39) A’s: Brett Graves, RHP (Marlins)
40) Twins: Josh Mitchell, LHP (Royals)
41) Padres: Ben Ruta, LF (Yankees)
42) Rays: Ezequiel Zabaleta, RHP (Mets)
43) Dodgers: Roimer Bolivar, RHP (Rays)

Round 3

44) Pirates: Jeffrey Passantino, RHP (Cubs)
45) Rangers: Justin Marsden, RHP (Rays)
46) Orioles: Ignacio Feliz, RHP (Padres)
47) Mets: Drew Jackson, 2B (Dodgers)
48) Giants: Mitchell Tolman, 2B (Mets)
49) Marlins: Marcus Chiu, 2B (Dodgers)
50) Reds: Chuckie Robinson, C (Astros)
51) Braves: Jacob Pearson, OF (Twins)

Round 4

52) Mets: Jesus Reyes, RHP (Reds)
53) Reds: Yoel Yanqui, 1B (D-backs)

Round 5

54) Mets: Jose Zorrilla, LHP (Reds)
55) Reds: Wes Robertson, RHP (Rangers)

Round 6

56) Reds: Steven Leyton, SS (D-backs)

Rule 5 Draft 2019

Major League Phase:

Round 1

1) Tigers: RHP Rony Garcia (Yankees)
2) Orioles: RHP Brandon Bailey (Astros)
3) Marlins: RHP Sterling Sharp (Nationals’ No. 13 prospect)
4) Royals: RHP Stephen Woods (Rays)
5) Mariners: RHP Yohan Ramirez (Astros)
6) Reds: OF Mark Payton (A’s)
7) Giants: RHP Dany Jimenez (Blue Jays)
8) Phillies: SS Vimael Machin (Cubs)
9) Cubs: RHP Trevor Megill (Padres)
10) Red Sox: SS Jonathan Arauz (Astros’ No. 25 prospect)

Round 2

11) Orioles: Michael Rucker (Cubs)

Triple-A Phase

Round 1

1) Tigers: RHP Ruben Garcia (Orioles)
2) Orioles: OF Cristopher Cespedes (Indians)
3) Marlins: C Julian Leon (Angels)
4) Blue Jays: RHP Hobie Harris (Yankees)
5) Mariners: C Brian O’Keefe (Cardinals)
6) Pirates: RHP Alex Aquino (Braves)
7) Padres: LHP Brady Feigl (Rangers)
8) Rockies: RHP Nate Griep (Brewers)
9) Angels: RHP Erick Julio (Rockies)
10) White Sox: RHP Will Carter (Yankees)
11) Reds: SS Michael De Leon (Rangers)
12) Giants: C Bryan Torres (Brewers)
13) Rangers: RHP Eris Filpo (Rockies)
14) Cubs: RHP Brock Stewart (Blue Jays)
15) Red Sox: RHP Raynel Espinal (Yankees)
16) Mets: RHP Adam Oller (Giants)
17) Cardinals: RHP Jordan Brink (Brewers)
18) Nationals: SS Manuel Geraldo (Giants)
19) Indians: LHP Daniel Young (Blue Jays)
20) Rays: LHP Faustino Carrera (Cubs)
21) Braves: 2B Wendell Rijo (Yankees)
22) A’s: OF Jason Krizan (Mets)
23) Dodgers: INF Carlos Sepulveda (Cubs)

Round 2

24) Tigers: 2B Brian Schales (Twins)
25) Orioles: 2B Wilbis Santiago (Indians)
26) Mariners: CF Jhonny Santos (Marlins)
27) Rockies: RHP Michael Petersen (Brewers)
28) Angels: OF Edwin Yon (Reds)
29) Reds: RHP Miguel Figueroa (Giants)
30) Rangers: RHP Andriu Marin (Twins)
31) Cubs: OF Jerrick Suiter (Pirates)
32) Red Sox: RHP Jose Espada (Blue Jays)
33) Cardinals: RHP Enrique Saldana (Rockies)
34) Indians: RHP Jhon Peluffo (Orioles)
35) A’s: C Jose Colina (Indians)

Round 3

36) Mariners: 1B Daniel Gomez (Cardinals)
37) Angels: OF Pedro Diaz (Rays)
38) Cubs: OF Vance Vizcaino (Rockies)
39) Cardinals: RHP Jacob Bosiokovic (Rockies)
40) A’s: RHP Deivy Mendez (Padres)

Round 4

41) Angels: C Carlos Reina (Reds)
42) Cubs: SS David Masters (Nationals)

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