Rule 5 Draft: Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente leads list of best Rule 5 picks

  • Baseball SAN DIEGO — The Grand Hall rooms C/D at the Manchester Grand Hyatt were packed at 9 a.m. PT for an annual Winter Meetings event that rarely even lasts an hour, the Rule 5 Draft.On this day, only 33 minutes passed from the opening remarks to the final pick of the minor league phase. Eleven players were picked in the major league phase, and three of those players were in the Houston organization until this morning. A夜网论坛s much as anything, that’s a compliment to the depth of the Astros’ farm system.  MORE: 2019 Rule 5 Draft resultsAs you probably know, all Rule 5 picks must stay on the roster all season, or be put on waivers and offered back to their original teams for half of the $100,000 the team spent to pick the player. It’s a risky proposition ( roster spots are valuable), and most players who are chosen in the Rule 5 draft don’t wind up making a huge impact in the majors. Some do, though. In the 2014 Rule 5 draft, Mark Canha was the No. 2 pick by the Rockies, then immediately traded to the A’s, where he’s developed into a starter who popped 26 homers and had a 4.5 bWAR in 2019. Delino DeShields was the No. 3 pick, and he’s been a regular in the Rangers outfield, when healthy, since that draft day. Odubel Herrera was the No. 8 pick that year, and he posted a 4.0 bWAR as a rookie for the Phillies in 2015, then made the NL All-Star squad in 2016. But they don’t quite crack the list of the best Rule 5 play[......]