Big Names Change teams in the Rule 5 Draft

The Rule 5 draft is complete and 14 players were selected in the MLB portion, including one that was almost immediately traded. The Houston Astros lost three players with Delino DeShields Jr. heading upstate to the Texas Rangers, Jandel Gustave is headed to Boston, and David Rollins is off to division rival Seattle Mariners.  DeShields was once a highly touted prospect, but has struggled with the bat and may be best known for the picture he tweeted out earlier this season after taking a fastball to the face. He has good speed and can play both second and outfield, although his routes leave something to be desired.

The Arizona Diamondbacks had the first selection and took a catcher from the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Oscar Hernandez. Hernandez is a very good defensive catcher, and has shown some ability to hit, but struggled at the highest level he has reached thus far which is the High-A Midwest League.

Mark Canha hit 20 home runs in Triple-A in 2014, but was left unprotected by the Miami Marlins. Canha was selected by the Colorado Rockies, where his power can certainly play, but there is some question as to whether or not it will be enough given he is primarily a first baseman despite having seen time at third and in the outfield.

Jason Garcia was a pitcher in the Boston Red Sox system before being selected by Houston and then traded to the Baltimore Orioles. He has a big fastball that has touched triple digits, and while he has not seen time above Low-A, his big fastball makes him a potential bullpen piece that could potentially be stashed and kept by the Orioles. The Orioles selected another pitcher, Logan Verrett, who started 28 games in the PCL for the Mets affiliate in Las Vegas. He has posted an ERA of 4.25 or higher in both seasons in the high minors.

J.R. Graham was a big name prospect heading into the 2013 season, but injuries limited him to just 35.2 innings in 2013, and then 71.1 innings with a 5.55 ERA in his third trip to Double-A in 2014. He was selected by Minnesota from the Atlanta Braves. Another former Brave,m Sean Gilmartin,  was selected from the Minnesota Twins after being acquired for Ryan Doumit following the 2013 season. Now Gilmartin will try to stick with the New York Mets.

Daniel Winkler had one of the best first halfs of anyone in the minor leagues in 2014 for the Tulsa Drillers in the Colorado Rockies organization, but had to undergo Tommy John Surgery in June ending his season with an ERA of 1.41 and a K/9 of 9.1.

Also changing clubs were Taylor Featherston heading to the Chicago Cubs, David Herrera and Andrew Oliver to the Phillies, and Andrew McKirahan to the Miami Marlins.

In the Minor League portion of the draft, there was a name that stood out in former big time prospect turned bust, Brett Jackson. Jackson was dealt from the Cubs to the Diamondbacks in 2014, and is now on his way to the bay as the San Francisco Giants selected him in the Triple-A portion of the draft.

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