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Jonathan Mayo

Teams set 40-man rosters ahead of Rule 5 Draft

Teams set 40-man rosters ahead of Rule 5 Draft

Most of the attention about this week of the offseason was given to the awards handed out to the game's best players. But while the hardware was being allocated, all 30 organizations were mulling over other coveted rewards: spots on the 40-man roster.

Every team had until 8 p.m. ET Friday to declare which players they were adding to their 40-man rosters. Those left unprotected will be exposed to selection by the 29 other teams in the Rule 5 Draft, at the Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md., on Dec. 8.

Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. If that player doesn't stay on the 25-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000.

For this year, that means an international or high school Draft pick signed in 2012 -- assuming he was 18 or younger as of June 5 of that year -- has to be protected. A college player taken in the 2013 Draft is in the same position.

There were a dozen players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list who needed to be protected or become exposed to the Rule 5 Draft. Not surprisingly, all 12 found their way onto their organization's roster.

Rank, Name, Position, Organization
* 11. Amed Rosario, SS, Mets
* 14. Lewis Brinson, OF, Brewers
* 18. Jorge Mateo, SS/2B, Yankees
* 19. Willy Adames, SS, Rays
* 33. Josh Hader, LHP, Brewers
* 42. Franklin Barreto, SS, A's
* 48. Nick Williams, OF, Phillies
* 52. Jesse Winker, OF, Reds
* 62. Brett Phillips, OF, Brewers
* 74. Richard Urena, SS, Blue Jays
* 84. Francisco Mejia, C, Indians
* 86. Anthony Alford, OF, Blue Jays
* Indicates that a player has been added to his 40-man roster.

Last year, there were 11 Top 100 players who needed to be protected, and all 11 were added to 40-man rosters.

There obviously were many more Minor Leaguers under consideration. There were 144 prospects on organizational Top 30 lists hoping to get added to a roster -- five of them No. 1 prospects in their organization. Of those 12 dozen players, 84 of them (58%) were protected. That's up from last year, when 48% (75 of 156) of prospects on organizational Top 30 lists vying for roster spots were protected. Of the 81 unprotected Top 30 prospects, six went on to be selected in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft last December.

Here's a list of all 30 teams' Top 30 prospects who needed to be protected to avoid being exposed to the Rule 5 Draft, along with non-Top 30 prospects who were given coveted roster spots.

Arizona D-backs (7)
* 2. Anthony Banda, LHP
* 6. Domingo Leyba, SS/2B
* 9. Jack Reinheimer, SS/2B
* 10. Dawel Lugo, 3B/SS
* 14. Jimmie Sherfy, RHP
19. Victor Reyes, OF
30. Daniel Gibson, LHP
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Ildemaro Vargas, INF
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Atlanta Braves (3)
* 11. Max Fried, LHP
* 14. Lucas Sims, RHP
23. Zach Bird, RHP
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Baltimore Orioles (3)
17. Mike Yastrzemski, OF
* 26. Joe Gunkel, RHP
30. Branden Kline, RHP
Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Jesus Liranzo, RHP
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Boston Red Sox (2)
* 24. Luis Ysla, LHP
* 28. Kyle Martin, RHP
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Chicago Cubs (5)
* 6. Duane Underwood, RHP
* 15. Victor Caratini, C
* 19. Jacob Hannemann, OF
27. Corey Black, RHP
29. Jose Paulino, LHP
Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Jack Leathersich, LHP
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Chicago White Sox (6)
* 6. Adam Engel, OF
10. Jordan Guerrero, LHP
* 12. Jacob May, OF
14. Courtney Hawkins, OF
25. Luis Martinez, RHP
27. Nick Delmonico, 1B/OF
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Cincinnati Reds (8)
* 3. Jesse Winker, OF
* 9. Keury Mella, RHP
* 16. Nick Travieso, RHP
* 17. Phil Ervin, OF
20. Calten Daal, SS
* 21. Aristides Aquino, OF
25. Eric Jagielo, 3B/1B
29. Jon Moscot, RHP
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Barrett Astin, RHP
Jackson Stephens, RHP
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Cleveland Indians (4)
* 4. Francisco Mejia, C
23. Nellie Rodriguez, 1B
27. Luis Lugo, LHP
30. Anthony Santander, OF/1B
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Colorado Rockies (3)
* 19. Yency Almonte, RHP
* 21. Sam Moll, LHP
22. Jesus Tinoco, RHP
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Shane Carle, RHP
Rayan Gonzalez, RHP
Zach Jemiola, RHP
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Detroit Tigers (5)
11. Kevin Ziomek, LHP
* 16. Sandy Baez, RHP
17. Austin Kubitza, RHP
18. Zac Shepherd, 3B
28. Arvicent Perez, C
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Houston Astros (0)
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Kansas City Royals (3)
* 9. Jake Junis, RHP
* 21. Andrew Edwards, RHP
26. Pedro Fernandez, RHP
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Samir Duenez, 1B
Cameron Gallagher, C
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Los Angeles Angels (6)
* 5. Nate Smith, LHP
15. Chad Hinshaw, OF
18. Manny Banuelos, LHP
19. Kyle McGowin, RHP
* 23. Keynan Middleton, RHP
29. Jesus Castillo, RHP
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Austin Adams, RHP
Eduardo Paredes, RHP

Los Angeles Dodgers (4)
* 17. Chase De Jong, RHP
* 19. Jacob Rhame, RHP
20. Jacob Scavuzzo, OF
* 24. Kyle Farmer, C
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Miami Marlins (5)
* 5. Luis Castillo, RHP
6. Austin Dean, OF
* 11. J.T. Riddle, SS/2B
28. Raudel Lazo, LHP
29. Jose Adames, RHP
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Austin Nola, INF
Drew Steckenrider, RHP
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Milwaukee Brewers (6)
* 1. Lewis Brinson, OF
* 3. Josh Hader, LHP
* 7. Brett Phillips, OF
* 17. Ryan Cordell, OF
20. Miguel Diaz, RHP
26. Tyrone Taylor, OF
Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Taylor Williams, RHP
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Minnesota Twins (8)
* 6. Fernando Romero, RHP
11. Lewis Thorpe, LHP
* 15. Engelb Vielma, INF
* 19. Daniel Palka, OF
* 21. Felix Jorge, RHP
* 23. Mitch Garver, C
24. Travis Harrison, OF
28. Aaron Slegers, RHP
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Zack Granite, OF
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New York Mets (6)
* 1. Amed Rosario, SS
* 7. Wuilmer Becerra, OF
* 11. Marcos Molina, RHP
17. Jhoan Urena, 3B
* 19. Tomas Nido, C
* 29. Chris Flexen, RHP
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New York Yankees (5)
* 3. Jorge Mateo, SS/2B
* 7. Miguel Andujar, 3B
17. Luis Torrens, C
24. Jake Cave, OF
* 25. Dietrich Enns, LHP
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Giovanny Gallegos, RHP
Ronald Herrera, RHP
Yefrey Ramirez, RHP
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Oakland A's (5)
* 1. Franklin Barreto, SS
* 7. Yairo Munoz, SS/2B
* 19. Paul Blackburn, RHP
20. Dylan Covey, RHP
* 22. Jaycob Brugman, OF
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Bobby Wahl, RHP
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Philadelphia Phillies (13)
* 3. Nick Williams, OF
* 6. Dylan Cozens, OF
* 10. Mark Appel, RHP
* 11. Andrew Knapp, C
* 15. Ricardo Pinto, RHP
* 17. Nick Pivetta, RHP
* 19. Elniery Garcia, LHP
21. Malquin Canelo, SS
22. Carlos Tocci, OF
* 23. Ben Lively, RHP
26. Jose Pujols, OF
* 28. Alberto Tirado, RHP
29. Deivi Grullon, C
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Drew Anderson, RHP
Jesmuel Valentin, 2B
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Pittsburgh Pirates (3)
* 11. Clay Holmes, RHP
24. Dario Agrazal, RHP
26. Barrett Barnes, OF
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San Diego Padres (1)
* 7. Javier Guerra, SS
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Franchy Cordero, OF
Walker Lockett, RHP
Jose Ruiz, RHP
More »

San Francisco Giants (2)
* 18. Chase Johnson, RHP
* 24. Reyes Moronta, RHP
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Orlando Calixte, INF/OF
Miguel Gomez, INF
Dan Slania, RHP
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Seattle Mariners (4)
* 8. D.J. Peterson, 1B
* 28. Paul Fry, LHP
29. Tyler Smith, INF
30. Tyler Marlette, C
Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Thyago Vieira, RHP
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St. Louis Cardinals (5)
* 6. Magneuris Sierra, OF
* 7. Edmundo Sosa, SS
20. Allen Cordoba, SS
28. Trey Nielsen, RHP
29. Corey Littrell, LHP
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Eliezer Alvarez, INF
Rowan Wick, RHP
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Tampa Bay Rays (7)
* 1. Willy Adames, SS
* 6. Chih-Wei Hu, RHP
* 10. Daniel Robertson, INF
* 11. Jaime Schultz, RHP
* 12. Ryne Stanek, RHP
* 18. Hunter Wood, RHP
30. Michael Santos, RHP
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Austin Pruitt, RHP
Jose Alvarado, LHP
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Texas Rangers (3)
* 4. Ronald Guzman, 1B
11. Jairo Beras, OF
19. Pedro Payano, RHP
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Toronto Blue Jays (8)
* 1. Richard Urena, SS
* 3. Anthony Alford, OF
15. Angel Perdomo, LHP
16. Francisco Rios, RHP
* 17. Ryan Borucki, LHP
24. D.J. Davis, OF
27. Dwight Smith, OF
29. Roemon Fields, OF
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Washington Nationals (4)
* 9. Austin Voth, RHP
* 17. Rafael Bautista, OF
19. Osvaldo Abreu, SS/2B
* 28. Raudy Read, C
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Jose Marmolejos, 1B
Matt Skole, INF
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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.