The Rule 5 Draft begins at 11:00 CST this morning and with the Cardinals currently sporting open spots on the 40 man roster there's at least the possibility that they could select a player.
Here's a quick summation of Rule 5 eligibility:
- Only players not on a 40 man roster are eligible.
- Players must have four years in the minor leagues if signed at age 19 or older and must have 5 years experience if signed at age 17 or 18.
- The drafting team must have an open spot on their 40 man roster.
- The drafting team must pay the team currently holding the player's rights $50,000 and keep the player on their 25 man roster for the ensuing season. The player must also be active for at least 60 days, so you cannot draft an injured player and DL him for the entire season.
- If the player is removed from the 25 man roster, the original team has first right of refusal to the player's rights for $25,000
- Drafted players may be traded by the drafting team, but the roster implications still apply
Oscar Hernandez, C, Grade C+: Excellent defensive reputation and scouts say he has a chance to hit despite .227/286/.364 line in the lower minors last year. Posted a 1.236 OPS in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2011; that was misleading, but at age 20 he has time to develop the offense and his defense will keep the Rays patient.
As for who the Cardinals might lose in the Rule 5? John Mozeliak is on record stating that the Cardinals having anyone drafted is unlikely:
GM John Mozeliak said there is a "low probability" that the #stlcards make a selection in tomorrow's Rule 5 Draft.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) December 11, 2014
Color me a bit skeptical with young players with utility and exceptional talent such as Breyvic Valera are exposed. I could see a club snapping up Valera, as he can play anywhere and is a good bat-to-ball hitter as a potential option for their utility man or even snagging Boone Whiting as a potential bullpen arm for a team that doesn't want to pay the exhorbitant market prices that middle relievers seem to be fetching.