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The Rule 5 draft will be held on Thursday, December 8th.

Each draftee costs $50,000. If the draftee does not stay on the drafting team's major league roster all season, they must be offered back to their original team at half-price. A good summary of the Rule 5 draft can be found here. Last year there were just twelve selections made, most notably Andy Sisco who pitched well for the Royals.

While Rule 5 draftees generally don't have a great impact on a team there's a few that fall between the cracks occasionally. Roberto Clemente was a Rule 5 pick and is the sole Rule 5'er to make the Hall of Fame. Four other player made at least one All Star appearance - Mike Morgan, Johan Santana and two Blue Jays, George Bell and Kelly Gruber. But even if you find a serviceable player it's more than a worthwhile investment.

In Baseball America's preview the only Blue Jay listed among 35 players that may be selected was Jamie Vermilyea who struggled in his first go around in AAA.

A few other possibilities come from the Syracuse and NH bullpens as Lee 'Lights Out' Gronkiewicz, Steve Andrade and Justin Miller all put up strong seasons and may be able to fill a bullpen role at the major league level.

Will the Jays select a pitcher in the Rule 5 draft? I highly doubt it, mostly because there's no room on the roster - both in terms of 40 man roster spots and bullpen spots. It's not like a few years ago where the Jays could take Corey Thurman and have him be a contributing member of the bullpen.

However, consider this scenario:

If the Jays could select a pitcher in the Rule 5 draft who will turn 23 in spring training and had a 3.35 ERA in 150 innings in the International League this season with 113 Ks and 35 BBs wouldn't you think they would take him?

Well, they wouldn't. Because that player is Chad Gaudin who the Jays took off their 40 man roster on Friday.

So if the Jays were to select a pitcher you'd think the threshold would have to be at least higher than that. And from what I've seen there isn't a pitcher that good available.

While I'd be surprised if the Jays took a pitcher there are a couple of right handed first basemen who I think could contribute, at least, as a DH or 1B against lefties.

The first is Ryan Mulhern, a 1B in the Indian organization. Mulhern played for South Alabama in college (and was a teammate of Adam Lind) and had an OBP and SLG over .400 and .600 respectively each year. He struggled a bit in his first full pro season in the Sally League, but crushed the ball this year, first in High A and then in AA in the Eastern League. The 6'2", 215 pound right hander recently turned 25.

Year	Team Name	Level	AB	Avg	Obp	Slg
2001	S Alabama	NCAA	212	0.349	0.416	0.613
2002	S Alabama	NCAA	225	0.351	0.410	0.667
2003	S Alabama	NCAA	230	0.335	0.400	0.713
2003	Mahoning Valley	A	229	0.279	0.340	0.463
2004	Lake County	A	372	0.255	0.319	0.392
2005	Kinston	        A	159	0.321	0.395	0.711
2005	Akron	        AA	244	0.311	0.386	0.594
Seeing that his 2005 numbers are in line with his college numbers makes me think this season wasn't a fluke.

Here's what BA had to say:

Breakout year in 2005 and is showing big power in the Dominican this winter, but doesn't command the zone well.

The second hitter I like is Brandon Sing, a 1B in the Cub organization. He started off slow, but picked it up the last two seasons taking home the FSL MVP in 2004 and following it up with another impressive season in AA. The right handed Sing is 6'5" and 215 pounds and will turn 25 in spring training.

Year	Team Name	Level	AB	Avg	Obp	Slg
2002	Daytona	        A	440	0.248	0.348	0.434
2003	Daytona	        A	136	0.235	0.318	0.368
2003	W Tennessee	AA	139	0.209	0.256	0.367
2004	Daytona	        A	408	0.270	0.399	0.571
2005	W Tennessee	AA	409	0.276	0.404	0.538
And again, here's what BA said:
Sing has big-time power but is a below-average defender limited to first base.

Of course, to be able to select a player in the Rule 5 draft you have to have a spot on the 40 man roster, so unless the Jays select free up some room between now and then it'll be a quiet event for the Jays.

Frequent Bauxite poster Marc took a look at players available from every team in a two part series. The AL version can be found here and the NL version can be found here.

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CaramonLS - Sunday, December 04 2005 @ 01:24 PM EST (#134158) #
Who could really be taken off the 40 man roster without much harm to the team?

Pete Walker maybe?

Unless there is a big trade in the works where we get rid of more player than we bring in, I don't see us acquiring much.

Although those 2 players mentioned as well as some others look interesting.

John Northey - Sunday, December 04 2005 @ 02:18 PM EST (#134160) #
The 2 mentioned could also be aquired, if not taken in the Rule 5, by trade shortly afterwards I'd think. I suspect JP will leave stuff like this (minor leaguers who would start at AAA and might be used if needed during the season) until late in the offseason, or will do it if someone else is interested in a minor bit player in the Jays organization. Right now guys who are rule 5'ers are not in the Jays plans.
Mick Doherty - Sunday, December 04 2005 @ 02:34 PM EST (#134162) #
I think all that really matters here is whether or not Brandon Sing, mentioned above, has ever faced former Jay waiver wire pickup and former hotshot pitching prospect Seung Song (pronounced "sung song") ... imagine the poor PBP guy "Seung Song flings ... Sing swings ... "
nicton - Sunday, December 04 2005 @ 02:57 PM EST (#134165) #
Do you have to have room on your 40-man roster ( 39 or less ) to draft someone?? Or can you draft a player with 40 and DFA another player????
Mike Green - Sunday, December 04 2005 @ 04:53 PM EST (#134173) #
Pistol's two favourite hitters available in the draft are mine too. Hitters are rarely chosen now because of the short bench and the 12 man pitching staffs.
Pistol - Sunday, December 04 2005 @ 05:48 PM EST (#134177) #
"Who could really be taken off the 40 man roster without much harm to the team?"

Here's the 40 man roster:

In no particular order, here's who I think could be taken off the roster:

Ryan Houston
Miguel Negron
John Hattig
Pete Walker

Any yes, a team must have a spot on the 40 man roster open prior to the Rule 5 draft in order to participate.
nicton - Sunday, December 04 2005 @ 09:04 PM EST (#134195) #
jgadfly - Thursday, December 08 2005 @ 12:23 AM EST (#135236) #
Pistol...40 man roster link showing to my count as of Wednesday 11:59pm 41 players...1 must go so a 2 for 1 trade should be imminent... Overbay for Bush & Jackson doesn't make sense in this regard as Jackson not on 40 man roster ... I guess BJ's won't be participating in the draft
Jordan - Thursday, December 08 2005 @ 11:03 AM EST (#135461) #
The Jays lost two pitchers:

Steve Andrade to Tampa Bay
Jamie Vermilyea to Boston

I'm not sure Vermilyea will stick on the Red Sox roster all season -- if they want to keep him, maybe the Jays will work out a deal.
MerePey - Thursday, December 08 2005 @ 11:05 AM EST (#135463) #
Also lost Jayce Tingler & Velez in the AAA phase and Dewon Day in the AA phase
MerePey - Thursday, December 08 2005 @ 11:07 AM EST (#135464) #
Tingler to Texas, Velez to Giants and Day to White Sox
Pistol - Thursday, December 08 2005 @ 11:08 AM EST (#135466) #
Here's a list from the major league portion of the draft:
Mike Green - Thursday, December 08 2005 @ 11:22 AM EST (#135474) #
I am delighted that Davis Romero skipped through the draft. Perhaps the PTBNL from Melvin-Ash included an agreement not to draft Romero, as they had Matt Ford.

It would have been better if Andrade and Vermilyea (both of whom are fine pitchers) had landed outside the division. It would not surprise me at all if both stick.

Pistol - Thursday, December 08 2005 @ 12:12 PM EST (#135498) #
John Sickels writes that the Devil Rays are likely to trade Steve Andrade to the Padres.
binnister - Thursday, December 08 2005 @ 12:37 PM EST (#135508) #
Re: Trading a Rule 5 pickup

How does that work? I thought that, if a player is picked during the Rule 5, he has to stay on the Teams roster for a certain amount of time or else he goes back to the original team (baring a 'side' deal of some sort).

If the player is subsequently traded, does this condition travel with him to the new team?
Ducey - Thursday, December 08 2005 @ 02:57 PM EST (#135557) #
Joey Reiman also got nabbed by the Rays.

Waveburner - Thursday, December 08 2005 @ 06:02 PM EST (#135648) #
Sucks to lose Vermilyea but I guess that's what happens when you have better depth than other teams. I kinda liked Day but his numbers weren't that great. Andrade could be a Pete Walker type but the Jays already have him. Hopefully Vermilyea will struggle to start so we can get him back.
Waveburner - Friday, December 09 2005 @ 03:06 AM EST (#135716) #
Rotoworld has the Andrade to San Diego trade as official, although they don't post a source under it. Apparently to complete the Burroughs-Brazelton trade? Expected to compete for a bullpen spot.
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