NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Rule 5 Draft annually serves as the official ending of the Winter Meetings. This year was no different, as all 30 Major League organizations came together for this coda at the Opryland Hotel to try to find some diamonds in the rough.
A total of 16 players were taken in the Major League phase of the Draft, 10 of them pitchers. The cost for making a selection is just $50,000, and this group will now get a chance in Spring Training to try to make their new organization's 25-man roster. If they don't stick all season, they must be offered back to their original club for $25,000.
It's a relatively inexpensive gamble to take, and the Phillies were the first to roll the dice when they selected outfielder Tyler Goeddel from the Tampa Bay Rays. Goeddel has some good tools and is coming off a solid season in Double-A, where he showed extra-base pop as well as basestealing ability. It's the second straight season the Phillies have selected an outfielder in the Rule 5 Draft, and they're obviously pleased with how Odubel Herrera turned out.
"I think this mirrors a lot what we tried to do last year with Herrera," Phillies pro scouting director Mike Ondo said. "It's taking a chance on a prospect and adding him to the mix that we have, trying to hit big on a player with a high ceiling. Goeddel excited us at the beginning of this whole process with his approach at the plate, the athleticism, the speed, the fact that he moved to the outfield this year and handled all three outfield positions. You have a baseball player here. He has instincts. He can steal bases. There's a lot of things to like about this player."
While the Phillies, Reds and Brewers each took two prospects, it was the Padres who were the day's biggest players. San Diego made two selections -- right-handers Josh Martin (Indians) and Blake Smith (White Sox) -- and then traded for two others, getting a third right-hander in Luis Perdomo, whom the Rockies had taken from the Cardinals, and outfielder Jabari Blash, an A's selection from the Mariners.
Winter Meetings highlights
Below were the biggest moves of the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn.
12/9: D-backs acquire RHP Shelby Miller from Braves for OF Ender Inciarte, RHP Aaron Blair, SS Dansby Swanson.
Mets acquire 2B Neil Walker from Pirates for LHP Jon Niese.
Astros to acquire RHP Ken Giles from Phillies for RHP Vincent Velasquez, LHP Brett Oberholtzer, others. Not official.
White Sox acquire IF Brett Lawrie from A's for two Minor Leaguers.
Mets to sign SS Asdrubal Cabrera to 2-year deal. Not official.
Mariners acquire 1B Adam Lind from Brewers for three Minor Leaguers.
12/8: D-backs sign 6-year deal with Zack Greinke.
Cubs sign 4-year deal with 2B Ben Zobrist.
Yankees acquire 2B Starlin Castro from Cubs for RHP Adam Warren, PTBNL.
Cubs sign 2-year deal with RHP John Lackey.
Cardinals acquire 2B Jedd Gyorko from Padres for OF Jon Jay.
12/7: Dodgers near 3-year deal with RHP Hisashi Iwakuma. Not official.
Mariners acquire LHP Wade Miley, RHP Jonathan Aro from Red Sox for RHP Carson Smith, LHP Roenis Elias.
"With spots on the roster we cleared up, we looked at it as a chance to add four guys who can make the Major League club," Padres general manager A.J. Preller said. "I think at the end, they were four guys we liked. They'll come to Spring Training with a chance to compete."
Making the team is another matter. Historically, the Rule 5 Draft has about a 30 percent success rate in terms of guys sticking in the big leagues all season. But 2014 was a bit of an anomaly, with 10 of the 14 players taken in the Major League phase making contributions. Some, like Delino DeShields Jr. and Sean Gilmartin, performed in the postseason. Having four Rule 5 picks stick on one 25-man roster might seem like a tall order, but Preller is interested to see how it plays out.
"I think that would be a fun thing to see," Preller said. "It's not easy to do. We're not going to give out any scholarships. They've got to earn their way."
The Minor League phases of the Rule 5 Draft don't get the same attention the Major League one does, but teams were very active. A total of 48 players were taken in the Triple-A phase, where selections cost just $12,000 to make. There was just one Double-A phase pick, bringing the grand total of the 2015 Rule 5 Draft to 65 selections.
These Minor League picks are not beholden to the same kind of roster rules as in the Major League phase; selecting teams can place the players where they see fit. There invariably are some intriguing names taken in the Minor League rounds, and this year's group is led by third baseman Zack Cox, who was taken in the Triple-A phase by the Nationals from the Marlins. Cox was a 2010 first-round pick of the Cardinals who hasn't yet lived up to his pre-Draft billing as an advanced bat.
Round 1 1. Philadelphia Phillies: Tyler Goeddel, OF, Rays 2. Cincinnati Reds: Jake Cave, OF, Yankees 3. Atlanta Braves: Evan Rutckyj, LHP, Yankees 4. Colorado Rockies: Luis Perdomo, RHP, Cardinals 5. Milwaukee Brewers: Colin Walsh, 2B, A's 6. Oakland Athletics: Jabari Blash, IF, Mariners 7. San Diego Padres: Josh Martin, RHP, Indians 8. Baltimore Orioles: Joey Rickard, OF, Rays 9. Los Angeles Angels: Deolis Guerra, RHP, Pirates 10. Toronto Blue Jays: Joseph Biagini, RHP, Giants 11. St. Louis Cardinals: Matthew Bowman, RHP, Mets
Round 2 12. Philadelphia Phillies: Daniel Stumpf, LHP, Royals 13. Cincinnati Reds: Chris O'Grady, LHP, Angels 14. Milwaukee Brewers: Zack Jones, RHP, Twins 15. San Diego Padres: Blake Smith, RHP, White Sox 16. Los Angeles Angels: Ji-Man Choi, 1B, Orioles
Round 1 1. Cincinnati Reds: Ariel Hernandez, RHP, D-backs 2. Atlanta Braves: Enderson Franco, RHP, Marlins 3. Colorado Rockies: Luis Niebla, RHP, Yankees 4. Milwaukee Brewers: Mitchell Lambson, LHP, Braves 5. Oakland Athletics: Danny Oh, OF, Yankees 6. Miami Marlins: Patrick Johnson, RHP, Pirates 7. Detroit Tigers: Kurt Spomer, RHP, Angels 8. Chicago White Sox: Manaure Martinez, RHP, Phillies 9. Seattle Mariners: Isaac Sanchez, RHP, Pirates 10. Boston Red Sox: Jhonny Polanco, RHP, Cardinals 11. Arizona Diamondbacks: Eduardo de Oleo, C, Yankees 12. Tampa Bay Rays: Adamm Kolarek, LHP, Orioles 13. Baltimore Orioles: Cory Jones, RHP, Cardinals 14. Cleveland Indians: Brian Moran, LHP, Mariners 15. Washington Nationals: Zack Cox, 3B, Marlins 16. San Francisco Giants: Wilson Santos, RHP, Padres 17. Los Angeles Angels: Blayne Weller, RHP, D-backs 18. Houston Astros: Octavio Acosta, RHP, Yankees 19. New York Yankees: Yefrey Ramirez, RHP, D-backs 20. Texas Rangers: Garrett Weber, IF, D-backs 21. Los Angeles Dodgers: Felipe Gonzalez, RHP, Marlins 22. Chicago Cubs: David Freitas, C, Orioles 23. Pittsburgh Pirates: Alfredo Reyes, SS, Yankees 24. St. Louis Cardinals: John Brebbia, RHP, D-backs
Round 2 1. Cincinnati Reds: Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B, Cubs 2. Milwaukee Brewers: Kender Villegas, RHP, Cardinals 3. Oakland Athletics: Alex Glenn, OF, D-backs 4. Miami Marlins: Maxx Tissenbaum, C, Rays 5. Detroit Tigers: Santiago Garrido, RHP, Orioles 6. Boston Red Sox: Anyelo Leclerc, RHP, Rangers 7. Arizona Diamondbacks: Robelys Reyes, SS, Cardinals 8. Tampa Bay Rays: Yoel Espinal, RHP, Yankees 9. Baltimore Orioles: Chipper Smith, LHP, Marlins 10. Los Angeles Angels: Ariel Ovando, LHP, Cubs 11. New York Yankees: Julian Aybar, RHP, Cubs 12. Los Angeles Dodgers: Micah Gibbs, C, Royals 13. Chicago Cubs: Mike O'Neill, OF, Cardinals 14. St. Louis Cardinals: Michael Heesch, LHP, Cubs
Round 3 1. Oakland Athletics: Viosergy Rosa, 1B, Marlins 2. Arizona Diamondbacks: Chad Oberacker, OF, A's 3. Tampa Bay Rays: Fernando Baez, FHP, Cardinals 4. Los Angeles Angels: DJ Johnson, RHP, Marlins 5. New York Yankees: Santiago Nessy, C, Royals 6. Los Angeles Dodgers: Logan Bawcom, RHP, Mariners 7. Chicago Cubs: Jesus Loya, OF, Red Sox
Round 4 1. Arizona Diamondbacks: Devin Harris, OF, Giants 2. Los Angeles Dodgers: Julio Morban, OF, Mariners
Round 5 1. Los Angeles Dodgers: Alexander Burgos, LHP, Marlins
Round 1 1. Miami Marlins: Juan Caballero, RHP, Cardinals
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