Angels add infielder Featherston in Rule 5 Draft

Will compete with Green, Yarbrough and Rutledge for one of two infield jobs

Angels add infielder Featherston in Rule 5 Draft

SAN DIEGO -- The Angels added another infielder in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning, acquiring Taylor Featherston from the Cubs in a prearranged deal.

Featherston was plucked from the Rockies' system by the Cubs earlier in the Draft. The 25-year-old right-handed hitter was a fifth-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and has a .276/.346/.457 slash line in his Minor League career, seeing a lot of action at second base and shortstop with some experience at third.

The Angels haven't had a Rule 5 pick stick on their roster since Derrick Turnbow in 2000, but they think Featherston will compete with Grant Green, Alex Yarbrough and the recently acquired Josh Rutledge for one of two infield jobs.

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto called him "an athlete who can handle all three positions."

"Were excited to have him," Dipoto said. "He'll come in and compete with Rutledge and Green and Yarbrough for an opportunity to stick with our team, at a variety of different positions or one."

The Angels also selected infielders Chris Curley (from the White Sox) and Pedro Ruiz (D-backs) and outfielder Kentrail Davis (Brewers) in the Minor League phase.

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