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Royals Select Braves' Osuna In Rule 5 Draft

In a move that surprises pretty much nobody who's actually paid attention the last few years the Kansas City Royals selected left handed pitcher Edgar Osuna from the Atlanta Braves in the Major League phase of this year's Rule 5 Draft. Since leaving the Braves to become Kansas City's GM Dayton Moore has coveted former Braves prospects, acquiring seemingly every Atlanta castoff he can get his hands on, from Onil Joseph to Jairo Cuevas, often with little to nothing to show for it, but in Osuna he may have actually gotten a steal.

The Mexican lefty is a crafty pitcher and was rated by Baseball America as having the best changeup in the Braves' system. The Royals will pay the Braves $50,000 for Osuna's rights and must keep him on their Major League roster for the entire 2010 season or offer him back to the Braves for $25,000, a price they would surely pay. Osuna will be just 22 in 2010 and had more success this past season after a promotion to AA Mississippi. Given his stuff it seems likely he'll be able to stick as a situational lefty out of the Royals bullpen and given how poorly the team usually performs he may even be given the chance to work as a starter. Unlike many Rule 5 picks, it seems possible that Osuna might stay a Kansas City Royal.

The Braves didn't gain or lose anyone in the Minor League Phase of the Rule 5 draft, which was much quieter in general than previous years. Former farmhand Jake Stevens, a left handed pitcher who was once highly thought of but released several years ago after succumbing to wildness and ineffectiveness, was selected by the Giants from the Orioles. In the Minor League Phase there are no restrictions, so Stevens is now a member of the Giants organization, regardless of where he plays in 2010.

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