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The Braves 2019 Rule 5 Draft Roster Decisions

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The 2019 Rule 5 Draft will take place on December 12, 2019, the final day of the Winter Meetings held in San Diego, California. The purpose of the draft is to prevent teams from stockpiling major league ready talent in the minor leagues.

Eligibility

  • Players who are 18 or under on the June 5 immediately preceding the players signing, the player will be eligible on the 5th Rule 5 Draft that follows his signing date.
  • Players who are 19 or older on the June 5 immediately preceding the players signing, the player will be eligible on the 4th Rule 5 Draft that follows his signing date.
  • There’s an exception for players signed between the conclusion of the season of the league to which the player is assigned and the next Rule 5 Draft. These players shall be deemed to have signed the next June 5th for the purposes of Rule 5 selection eligibility.

Each selection made costs the drafting team $100,000. Any player selected in the major league portion must remain on the 25-man roster for the entire season. If the player doesn’t remain on the 25-man roster for the entire season, he must be offered back to his original team for $50,000.

Since players selected must remain on the 25-man roster for the entirety of the season, picks are usually limited to pitchers with upside as relievers or positional players with strong

The breakdown below is based on current minor league assignments. I tried to weed out the players who will be free MiLB free agents.

AAA Gwinnett Stripers

AAA Position Players

# Name Pos Bat Thw Wt DOB Level ElgStrtDt Age @ "ElgStrtDt" Date Eligible MiLB FA Status MLB.com Fangraphs ID
24 Sal Giardina C S R 215 4/30/92 AAA 6/5/14 22.1 12/3/17 No Yes na na sa829575
2 Jonathan Morales C R R 180 1/29/95 AAA 6/5/15 20.4 12/3/18 No Yes na na sa875808
15 Cristian Pache CF R R 185 11/19/98 AAA 6/5/15 16.6 12/3/19 No Yes 1 1 sa916722
53 Ray-Patrick Didder SS R R 170 10/1/94 AAA 6/5/14 19.7 12/3/17 No Yes na 30 sa736824

AAA - Position Players

AAA Pitchers

# Name Pos Bat Thw Wt DOB Level ElgStrtDt Age @ "ElgStrtDt" Date Eligible MiLB FA Status MLB.com Fangraphs ID
24 Philip Pfeifer P L L 200 7/15/92 AAA 6/5/15 22.9 12/3/18 No Yes na na sa602699
56 Tucker Davidson P L L 215 3/25/96 AAA 6/5/16 20.2 12/4/19 No Yes 13 14 sa918393
43 Corbin Clouse P S L 230 6/26/95 AAA 6/5/16 21.0 12/4/19 No Yes na na sa918605

AAA - Pitchers

AAA Summary

Cristian Pache and Tucker Davidson are locks to be added to the 40-man.

Philip Pfeifer and Corbin Clouse are interesting. Pfeifer put up some intriguing performances down the stretch, including a 17 strike out performance in July. I wouldn't be surprised if one or both of them were protected, head-to-head, I'd give a slight edge to Clouse.

AA Mississippi Braves

AA Position Players

# Name Pos Bat Thw Wt DOB Level ElgStrtDt Age @ "ElgStrtDt" Date Eligible MiLB FA Status MLB.com Fangraphs ID
Braxton Davidson 1B L L 230 6/18/96 AA 6/5/14 18.0 12/3/18 No Yes na na sa828679
48 Alejandro Salazar 2B R R 170 10/5/96 AA 6/5/14 17.7 12/3/18 No Yes na na sa827937
28 William Contreras C R R 180 12/24/97 AA 6/5/15 17.5 12/3/19 No Yes 8 6 sa872847
12 Tyler Neslony RF L R 190 2/13/94 AA 6/5/16 22.3 12/4/19 No Yes na na sa918131

AA - Position Players

AA Pitchers

# Name Pos Bat Thw Wt DOB Level ElgStrtDt Age @ "ElgStrtDt" Date Eligible MiLB FA Status MLB.com Fangraphs ID
2 Bradley Roney P R R 200 9/1/92 AA 6/5/14 21.8 12/3/17 No Yes na na sa598926
27 Josh Graham P R R 215 10/14/93 AA 6/5/15 21.7 12/3/18 No Yes na 26 sa658525
39 Kurt Hoekstra P L R 205 6/27/93 AA 6/5/15 22.0 12/3/18 No Yes na 29 sa875296
52 Jasseel De La Cruz P R R 215 6/26/97 AA 6/5/15 18.0 12/3/19 No Yes 14 12 sa879559
43 Thomas Burrows P L L 205 9/14/94 AA 6/5/16 21.7 12/4/19 No Yes 16 na sa874215

AA - Pitchers

AA Summary

Two names really stand out here, that’s Jasseel De La Cruz and William Contreras. However, Jaseel is the only one who I would label a lock. Contreras, a catcher who hasn’t hit well in the upper minors. It might prove to be difficult to keep him on the active roster. With the new 26-man roster, a rebuilding team might be able to justify a 3-man catching unit. Even then, I would bet against him lasting on the roster all season long. That said, I think he's more likely to be protected than not.

Neslony put up some solid numbers in 2019. The numbers are less impressive when you consider he was a 25-year-old in his 3rd year at the AA level.

Hoekstra transitioning from position player to pitcher and Roney coming back from injury both put up great years. The duo of Burrows and Graham have been given more respect from the folks on the internet creating prospect list.

A+ Florida Fire Frogs & A Rome Braves

A+/A Position Players

# Name Pos Bat Thw Wt DOB Level ElgStrtDt Age @ "ElgStrtDt" Date Eligible MiLB FA Status MLB.com Fangraphs ID
20 Kevin Josephina 2B S R 170 10/2/96 A+ 6/5/14 17.7 12/3/18 No Yes na na sa830120
7 Shean Michel LF R R 170 9/26/97 A+ 6/5/15 17.7 12/3/19 No Yes na na sa877018
8 Ricardo Rodriguez C R R 185 12/20/97 A 6/5/15 17.5 12/3/19 No Yes na na sa877334
32 Jeremy Fernandez CF R R 185 7/11/97 A 6/5/15 17.9 12/3/19 No Yes na na sa880735

A+/A - Position Players

A+/A Pitchers

# Name Pos Bat Thw Wt DOB Level ElgStrtDt Age @ "ElgStrtDt" Date Eligible MiLB FA Status MLB.com Fangraphs ID
30 Caleb Dirks P R R 220 6/9/93 A+ 6/5/14 21.0 12/3/17 No Yes na na sa829346
13 Sean McLaughlin P L R 195 5/16/94 A+ 6/5/15 21.1 12/3/18 No Yes na na sa659266
39 Matt Withrow P R R 235 9/23/93 A+ 6/5/15 21.7 12/3/18 No Yes na na sa659074
14 Odalvi Javier P R R 180 9/4/96 A+ 6/5/15 18.8 12/3/19 No Yes na na sa877574
32 Brandon White P R R 215 12/21/94 A+ 6/5/16 21.5 12/4/19 No Yes na na sa918249
51 Dilmer Mejia P L L 160 7/9/97 A 6/5/14 16.9 12/3/18 No Yes na na sa828518
52 Luis Mora P R R 210 6/17/95 A 6/5/14 19.0 12/3/18 No Yes na na sa828591
55 Alan Rangel P R R 170 8/21/97 A 6/5/15 17.8 12/3/19 No Yes na na sa877578
14 Gabriel Noguera P L L 175 5/31/96 A 6/5/16 20.0 12/4/19 No Yes na na sa3002914

A+/A - Pitchers

A+/A Summary

Of this group, no one catches the eye as a guaranteed addition to the 40-man. None of the position players should be protected. The pitchers are interesting, but they all look more like org filler to me. Maybe the TC prospect folks with a deeper knowledge of the low minors disagree?

Recap - My Picks

  • Christian Pache
  • Tucker Davidson
  • Jasseel De La Cruz
  • William Contreras

FONZGraphs Custom Lists & Rule 5 Google Doc

AAA Players

AA Players

A+/A Players

Rule 5 Google Doc

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