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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-Man
Jeff HendrixOutfielderDRAFT6/16/20152022NO
David SosebeeRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/14/20152022NO
Billy FlemingSecond BasemanFREE AGENT7/23/20142021NO
Kyle HolderShortstopDraft6/11/20152022No
Jason LopezCatcherFree Agent7/2/20142021No
Nelson GomezThird BasemanFree Agent7/2/20142021No
Danienger PerezSecond BasemanFree Agent7/2/20142021No
Daniel AlvarezRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent3/14/20142020No
Andy DiazOutfielderFree Agent1/27/20142020No
Welfrin MateoThird BasemanFree Agent10/12/20132020No
Griffin GarabitoThird BasemanFree Agent07/02/20142021No
Carlos TatisFirst BasemanFree Agent02/17/20142021No
Miguel FlamesFirst BasemanFree Agent07/02/20142021No
Adonny RojasRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent7/2/20152022No
Alex VargasRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20142021No
Christian MorrisRight-Handed PitcherDraft07/07/20152022No
Garrett MundellRight-Handed PitcherDraft06/13/20152022No
Brandon WagnerFirst BasemanDraft06/12/20152022No
Carlos VidalOutfielderFree Agent05/05/20142020No
Ricardo FerreiraOutfielderFree Agent01/27/20142020No
Spencer MahoneyRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent11/16/20152022No
Alex RobinettRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/11/20152022No
Pedro EspinolaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20152022No
Reiver SanmartinLeft-Handed PitcherTrade - 11/20/201707/02/20152022No
Hobie HarrisRight-Handed PitcherDraft06/12/20152022No
Alexander RosarioRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent2/12/20152021No
Rafael LaraRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT3/5/20152021NO
Kenlly MontasRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT4/17/20152021NO
Gilmael TroyaRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO
Juan De LeonOutfielderFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO
Frederick CuevasOutfielderFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO
Raymundo MorenoOutfielderFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO
Nelson AlvarezFirst Baseman, Right-Handed PitcherFree Agent03/16/20152021No
Jairo GarciaRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT-2020NO
Trey AmburgeyOutfielderDraft6/13/20152022No
Dermis GarciaFirst BasemanFree Agent07/02/20142021No
Will CarterRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/12/20152022NO
Wilkerman GarciaShortstopFree Agent7/2/20142021No
Donny SandsCatcherDraft6/12/20152022No
Jhalan JacksonOutfielderDRAFT6/9/20152022-
Zack ZehnerOutfielderDRAFT6/16/20152022NO
Hoy Jun ParkShortstopFree Agent7/2/20142021No
Pablo OlivaresOutfielderFree Agent07/02/20142021No
Brody KoernerRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/13/20152022NO
Daniel RamosRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent10/26/20132019No
James ReevesLeft-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/13/20152022NO
Diego CastilloShortstopFree Agent07/02/20142021No

2017 Rule 5 Eligible Players

#PlayerPositionAcquiredSigning DateFree Agent YrMLB 40-Man
DLDevyn BolaskyOutfielderDRAFT6/15/20142021NO
Justin KamplainLeft-Handed PitcherDraft6/17/20142021No
60Adonis RosaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent12/19/20132020No
DLAustin DeCarrRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/13/20142021No
DLLeonardo MolinaOutfielderFree Agent8/1/20132020No
25Mike FordFirst BasemanFree Agent7/17/20132020No
20Anderson SeverinoLeft-Handed PitcherFree Agent06/01/20132019No
Jerry SeitzCatcherFree Agent5/16/20132019No
20Eduardo NavasCatcherFree Agent07/20/20132020No
Abel DuarteRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent10/14/20132020No
Yoiber MarquinaRight-Handed PitcherTRADE-5/5/20177/2/20122020NO
Bringnel MendezRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT6/15/20142020NO
Anyelo GomezRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent11/20/20122019No
19Gosuke KatohThird BasemanDraft6/19/20132020No
34Chris GittensFirst BasemanDraft6/24/20142021No
47Jose Mesa Jr.Right-Handed PitcherDraft7/3/20132020No
6Ryan McBroomFirst Baseman, OutfielderTRADE FROM TOR-7/23/20177/11/20142021NO
62Mark PaytonOutfielderDraft6/23/20142021No
18J.P. FeyereisenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 7/31/20166/9/20142021No
12Junor SotoOutfielderRule 5 Draft - 12/14/20177/2/20132020No
45Nick GreenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 8/1/201606/13/20142021No

2017 Rule 5 Eligible Players

#PlayerPositionAcquiredSigning DateFree Agent YrMLB 40-Man
DLDevyn BolaskyOutfielderDRAFT6/15/20142021NO
Justin KamplainLeft-Handed PitcherDraft6/17/20142021No
60Adonis RosaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent12/19/20132020No
DLAustin DeCarrRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/13/20142021No
DLLeonardo MolinaOutfielderFree Agent8/1/20132020No
25Mike FordFirst BasemanFree Agent7/17/20132020No
20Anderson SeverinoLeft-Handed PitcherFree Agent06/01/20132019No
Jerry SeitzCatcherFree Agent5/16/20132019No
20Eduardo NavasCatcherFree Agent07/20/20132020No
Abel DuarteRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent10/14/20132020No
Yoiber MarquinaRight-Handed PitcherTRADE-5/5/20177/2/20122020NO
Bringnel MendezRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT6/15/20142020NO
Anyelo GomezRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent11/20/20122019No
19Gosuke KatohThird BasemanDraft6/19/20132020No
34Chris GittensFirst BasemanDraft6/24/20142021No
47Jose Mesa Jr.Right-Handed PitcherDraft7/3/20132020No
6Ryan McBroomFirst Baseman, OutfielderTRADE FROM TOR-7/23/20177/11/20142021NO
62Mark PaytonOutfielderDraft6/23/20142021No
18J.P. FeyereisenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 7/31/20166/9/20142021No
12Junor SotoOutfielderRule 5 Draft - 12/14/20177/2/20132020No
45Nick GreenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 8/1/201606/13/20142021No

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



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