SAN DIEGO -- The Marlins selected left-handed pitcher Andrew McKirahan from the Chicago Cubs in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. The 24-year-old reliever will be given a chance to make the big league roster out of Spring Training.
Because the Marlins had two empty spaces on their 40-man roster, they were allowed to make as many as two selections for $50,000 each, but they passed in the second round. McKirahan will have to stay on the Marlins' Major League roster all of next season or be offered back to the Cubs for $25,000.
McKirahan has spent four seasons in the Cubs' organization, rising as high as Double-A Tennessee this past season. In that time, he has posted a 2.16 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP in 89 appearances -- all in relief.
Splitting time between Class A Advanced Daytona and Tennessee in 2014, McKirahan posted a 2.08 ERA with 10 saves. In 65 innings, he walked just 14 hitters while striking out 57.
In total, 14 players were taken in the Major League portion of the Draft, including corner infielder Mark Canha, who was selected by the Rockies from the Marlins' organization and then traded to the A's. Canha, who hit .303/.384/.505 with 20 homers in 127 games for Triple-A New Orleans this past season, has to stick on the A's roster all season or be offered back to the Marlins for $25,000.
In the Triple-A phase of the Draft, the Marlins added three and lost three. They acquired pitchers Matt Tomshaw and Alexander Burgos from the Twins and Tigers, respectively, while they got first baseman Harold Riggins from the Reds. On the other side of things, Double-A righty Jheyson Manzueta went to the Tigers, Class A righty Ramon Del Orbe went to the Giants and Class A shortstop Hiram Martinez went to the Rangers.
AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.