Update On This Year’s Rule 5 Picks

Many Rule 5 picks ultimately return to their original organizations, because it's not easy to keep inexperienced players in the Major Leagues all season long. Only five of the 19 players selected in the Major League phase of last offseason's Rule 5 draft remain on active MLB rosters midway through the season. Here’s another update on the draftees:

On Active Rosters (5)

  • Pedro Beato, 24, continues to impress for the Mets. He has a 3.38 ERA with 5.2 K/9, 3.8 BB/9 and a 48.1% ground ball rate in 45 1/3 innings this year. He may be the beneficiary of some luck (.228 opponents' batting average on balls in play, 4.1% home run/fly ball rate, 4.45 xFIP).
  • Aneury Rodriguez of the Astros has a 4.79 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 67 2/3 innings. He started eight games for the Astros, but has been back in the bullpen for two months.
  • Nathan Adcock of the Royals has a 5.36 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 42 innings this year, though he has appeared in just seven contests since May.
  • Joe Paterson has a 3.33 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 24 1/3 innings this year. D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson mostly uses the southpaw against left-handed hitters (69 plate appearances vs. left-handed hitters, 37 plate appearances vs. right-handed hitters).
  • Michael Martinez of the Phillies picked up some big hits for the Phillies last month and has appeared at second, short, third, left and center. His season batting line is improving, but sits at just .219/.264/.314.

Traded (4)

The Mets returned Brad Emaus to the Blue Jays, who traded the infielder to Colorado; the Twins retained Scott Diamond in a trade with the Braves; the Red Sox sent Daniel Turpen to the Rockies; the Indians recently sent Josh Rodriguez to the Pirates.  Rule 5 restrictions no longer apply to these four players.

Injured (2)

Elvin Ramirez (Nationals) and Mason Tobin (Rangers) have been on the 60-day DL for over three months. They have to spend 90 non-September days on the active roster to become official property of their new teams. Otherwise, their Rule 5 status carries forward until the players spend 90 non-September days on the active roster.

Back Where They Started (8)

Brian BroderickJose FloresAdrian RosarioPat EganLance PendletonGeorge KontosRobert Fish and Cesar Cabral are back with their original organizations.


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