The 2018 Rule 5 Draft began Thursday at 11:00 am. The Cardinals had several intriguing players eligible for the draft. The team managed to escape only losing two players:
#stlcards RHP Chris Ellis has been taken by the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) December 13, 2018
The #STLCards and Rangers continue to swap players this Winter Meetings. The Cards take RHP John Fasola from Texas in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) December 13, 2018
The #STLCards have also taken SS Alberto Triunfel (from Angels) in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) December 13, 2018
#pirates take RHP Winston Nicasio off Cardinals’ Diuble-A team.— Rob Biertempfel (@RobBiertempfel) December 13, 2018
Chris Ellis was part of the Cardinals return in the Jaime Garcia trade. He is right-handed pitcher with command issues that profiled as a middle reliever. He worked a fastball that would hit around 90-94 and slider, with the occasional changeup.
The Cardinals also lost Winston Nicasio, a 21 year-old pitcher in low A. He also profiled as a reliever and that was primarily what his role was in the organization.
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