Mariners Select RHP Isaac Sanchez in Triple-A Rule 5 Draft

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto today announced at the Winter Meetings that the Mariners have selected right-handed pitcher Isaac Sanchez from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Triple-A portion of the Major League Rule 5 Draft. Minor league outfielder Jabari Blash was selected by the Oakland A's from the Mariners Triple-A Tacoma roster.

· Isaac Sanchez, RHP, selected by Seattle in the Triple-A phase from Pittsburgh.

· Jabari Blash, OF, selected by Oakland in the Major League phase.

Sanchez, 23 went 2-3 with 3 saves and a 2.71 ERA (20 ER, 66.1 IP) in 42 relief appearances with Single-A Bradenton in the Florida State League in 2015. The 6-foot-0, 190-pound right-handed reliever limited opponents to a .242 (60x248) average, while striking out 51 and walking 24 in 66.1 innings. He was on the 7-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain, July 30-Aug. 8, and appeared in one game on a rehab assignment with the GCL Pirates.

Sanchez was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Pittsburgh on June 18, 2010. Over parts of 6 seasons in the minor leagues, he is 14-11 with 11 saves and a 3.66 ERA (102 ER, 250.2 IP) in 139 games, 14 starts.

The Oakland Athletics selected outfielder Jabari Blash off the Mariners Triple-A Tacoma roster with the 6th selection in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft. He hit .271 (110x406) with 79 runs scored, 24 doubles, 2 triples, 32 home runs and 81 RBI in 116 games combined between Triple-A Tacoma and Double-A Jackson.

Players chosen in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft must remain in the Major Leagues for the entire 2016 season. If the ML team wishes to option a player back to the minors, the club must first expose him to waivers for every other MLB team, then offer him back to his original team for $25,000 (half of the $50,000 claiming fee). A total of 16 players were selected in the Major League portion of the 2015 Rule 5 Draft.

Three players were selected from the Mariners system in the minor league portion of the draft:

· Brian Moran, LHP, selected by Cleveland in Minor League phase (AAA).

· Logan Bawcom, RHP, selected by Los Angeles-NL in Minor League phase (AAA).

· Julio Morban, OF, selected by Los Angeles-NL in Minor League phase (AAA).

In the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, LHP Brian Moran was selected by the Cleveland Indians and RHP Logan Bawcom and OF Julio Morban were each selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. After having "Tommy John" surgery in 2014, Moran went 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA (12 ER, 33.1 IP) in 27 relief appearances combined between Single-A Bakersfield and Double-A Jackson in 2015. Bawcom was 2-4 with 2 saves and a 4.64 ERA (39 ER, 75.2 IP) in 45 appearances, 1 start with Triple-A Tacoma in last season. Morban hit .206 (33x160) with 17 runs scored, 6 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home runs and 13 RBI in only 48 games due to injures combined between Jackson and Tacoma. 

The Mariners 40-man roster is currently at 40.