Rule 5 Draft: Taking A Look at the Roster


The Yankees came into 2018 with a gluttony of players that were eligible for the Rule 5 draft, many that were among the team’s most talented prospects.  But with trading away guys like Cody Carroll, Juan De Paula, Caleb Frare and adding Justus Sheffield, Chance Adams, and Stephen Tarpley to the 40-man they make it easier to protect others.

Nine players on the 40-man roster will become free agents at the end of the season with three players needing to be added back after being activated off the 60-day disabled list, leaving six open sports.  In addition, the Yankees also have several 40-man candidates that could be traded and a few that could potentially be non-tendered.  But with six open spots, they have enough to protect the players closest to the majors.

Adonis Rosa is one pitcher that is eligible for the Rule 5 draft this year that could be protected (Martin Griff)

Presently there are 24 players on our top 100 prospects list who are eligible for the 2018 Rule 5 draft, many of them for the first time.  A few like Mike Ford, Nestor Cortes, Jose Mesa, Jr., and Anyelo Gomez were eligible last year.  Of course, those four were all selected in the draft only to be returned.  Others like Ryan McBroom had breakout years that had to get them on the radar of other teams.

That leaves the question, who do you protect now that the obvious candidates are already on the 40-man?

While there are many prospects that the Yankees could “hide” on the Triple-A reserve roster for the draft, there are a few that have a legitimate chance of being selected.  But the question remains would the Yankees feel the need to protect them in November?

Before we get into which prospects the Yankees may want to consider protecting in the Rule 5 draft let’s take a look at all the players who are eligible to be selected.  Below you will find the list of players that are eligible for the Rule 5 draft in 2018 and those who remain from other classes.

2018 Rule 5 Eligible Players

PlayerPositionAcquiredSigning DateFree Agent YrMLB 40-ManETA
Jeff HendrixOutfielderDRAFT6/16/20152022NO2022
David SosebeeRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/14/20152022NO2022
Billy FlemingSecond BasemanFREE AGENT7/23/20142021NO2022
Kyle HolderShortstopDraft6/11/20152022No2021
Jason LopezCatcherFree Agent7/2/20142021No2021
Nelson GomezThird BasemanFree Agent7/2/20142021No2022
Danienger PerezSecond BasemanFree Agent7/2/20142021No2022
Daniel AlvarezRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent3/14/20142020No2020
Andy DiazOutfielderFree Agent1/27/20142020No2021
Welfrin MateoThird BasemanFree Agent10/12/20132020No2021
Griffin GarabitoThird BasemanFree Agent07/02/20142021No2022
Carlos TatisFirst BasemanFree Agent02/17/20142021No2021
Miguel FlamesFirst BasemanFree Agent07/02/20142021No2022
Adonny RojasRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent7/2/20152022No2025
Alex VargasRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20142021No2021
Christian MorrisRight-Handed PitcherDraft07/07/20152022No2022
Garrett MundellRight-Handed PitcherDraft06/13/20152022No2022
Brandon WagnerFirst BasemanDraft06/12/20152022No2023
Carlos VidalOutfielderFree Agent05/05/20142020No2020
Ricardo FerreiraOutfielderFree Agent01/27/20142020No2021
Spencer MahoneyRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent11/16/20152022No2022
Alex RobinettRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/11/20152022No2028
Pedro EspinolaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20152022No2022
Reiver SanmartinLeft-Handed PitcherTrade - 11/20/201707/02/20152022No2021
Hobie HarrisRight-Handed PitcherDraft06/12/20152022No2022
Alexander RosarioRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent2/12/20152021No2021
Rafael LaraRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT3/5/20152021NO2021
Kenlly MontasRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT4/17/20152021NO2021
Gilmael TroyaRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO2021
Juan De LeonOutfielderFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO2021
Frederick CuevasOutfielderFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO2022
Raymundo MorenoOutfielderFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO2022
Nelson AlvarezFirst BasemanFree Agent03/16/20152021No2022
Jairo GarciaRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT-2020NO2020
Trey AmburgeyOutfielderDraft6/13/20152022No2021
Dermis GarciaFirst BasemanFree Agent07/02/20142021No2021
Andrew SchwaabRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent6/16/20152022No2023
Will CarterRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/12/20152022NO2022
Wilkerman GarciaShortstopFree Agent7/2/20142021No2021
Donny SandsCatcherDraft6/12/20152022No2021
Jhalan JacksonOutfielderDRAFT6/9/20152022-2022
Zack ZehnerOutfielderDRAFT6/16/20152022NO2020
Hoy Jun ParkShortstopFree Agent7/2/20142021No2022
Pablo OlivaresOutfielderFree Agent07/02/20142021No2021
Brody KoernerRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/13/20152022NO2020
Daniel RamosRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent10/26/20132019No2020
James ReevesLeft-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/13/20152022NO2020
Diego CastilloShortstopFree Agent07/02/20142021No2022

2017 Rule 5 Eligible Players

#PlayerPositionAcquiredSigning DateFree Agent YrMLB 40-ManETA
Mike FordFirst BasemanFree Agent7/17/20132020No2019
DLDevyn BolaskyOutfielderDRAFT6/15/20142021NO2022
Justin KamplainLeft-Handed PitcherDraft6/17/20142021No2022
Adonis RosaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent12/19/20132020No2021
Austin DeCarrRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/13/20142021No2021
Leonardo MolinaOutfielderFree Agent8/1/20132020No2020
Anderson SeverinoLeft-Handed PitcherFree Agent06/01/20132019No2022
Jerry SeitzCatcherFree Agent5/16/20132019No2022
Eduardo NavasCatcherFree Agent07/20/20132020No2021
Abel DuarteRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent10/14/20132020No2021
Yoiber MarquinaRight-Handed PitcherTRADE-5/5/20177/2/20122020NO2020
Bringnel MendezRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT6/15/20142020NO2020
Anyelo GomezRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent11/20/20122019No2020
19Gosuke KatohThird BasemanDraft6/19/20132020No2022
30Jordan FoleyRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/12/20142021No2021
34Chris GittensFirst BasemanDraft6/24/20142021No2021
35Erik SwansonRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 8/1/20166/13/20142021No2021
47Jose Mesa Jr.Right-Handed PitcherDraft7/3/20132020No-
49Ryan McBroomFirst Baseman, Outfielder, Right fieldTRADE FROM TOR-7/23/20177/11/20142021NO2020
51Joe HarveyRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/11/20142021No2019
62Mark PaytonOutfielderDraft6/23/20142021No2019
64J.P. FeyereisenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 7/31/20166/9/20142021No2018
72Junor SotoOutfielderRule 5 Draft - 12/14/20177/2/20132020No2020
72Nick GreenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 8/1/201606/13/20142021No2020

2017 Rule 5 Eligible Players

#PlayerPositionAcquiredSigning DateFree Agent YrMLB 40-ManETA
Mike FordFirst BasemanFree Agent7/17/20132020No2019
DLDevyn BolaskyOutfielderDRAFT6/15/20142021NO2022
Justin KamplainLeft-Handed PitcherDraft6/17/20142021No2022
Adonis RosaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent12/19/20132020No2021
Austin DeCarrRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/13/20142021No2021
Leonardo MolinaOutfielderFree Agent8/1/20132020No2020
Anderson SeverinoLeft-Handed PitcherFree Agent06/01/20132019No2022
Jerry SeitzCatcherFree Agent5/16/20132019No2022
Eduardo NavasCatcherFree Agent07/20/20132020No2021
Abel DuarteRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent10/14/20132020No2021
Yoiber MarquinaRight-Handed PitcherTRADE-5/5/20177/2/20122020NO2020
Bringnel MendezRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT6/15/20142020NO2020
Anyelo GomezRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent11/20/20122019No2020
19Gosuke KatohThird BasemanDraft6/19/20132020No2022
30Jordan FoleyRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/12/20142021No2021
34Chris GittensFirst BasemanDraft6/24/20142021No2021
35Erik SwansonRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 8/1/20166/13/20142021No2021
47Jose Mesa Jr.Right-Handed PitcherDraft7/3/20132020No-
49Ryan McBroomFirst Baseman, Outfielder, Right fieldTRADE FROM TOR-7/23/20177/11/20142021NO2020
51Joe HarveyRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/11/20142021No2019
62Mark PaytonOutfielderDraft6/23/20142021No2019
64J.P. FeyereisenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 7/31/20166/9/20142021No2018
72Junor SotoOutfielderRule 5 Draft - 12/14/20177/2/20132020No2020
72Nick GreenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 8/1/201606/13/20142021No2020

Throughout the next few weeks, we will be taking a look at several players the Yankees could look to protect in November.