Braves take two in Rule V draft

The Braves selected two relief pitchers in the minor league portion of the Rule V draft.

The Braves took right-hander Eliecer Cardenas and left-hander Rowdy Hardy in the minor league portion of the Rule V draft on Thursday.

Cardenas spent the last five years in the Twins organization. He pitched in 38 games last season with the Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League. Cardenas pitched in 38 games out of the bullpen and was 5-1 with a 3.69 ERA. He allowed 57 hits in 63.1 innings, 44 walks and 53 strikeouts.

Cardenas will probably compete for a bullpen job in Rome.

Hardy comes to the Braves from the Kansas City organization. He spent the last two seasons in Double-A. Last year he had a 3.44 ERA in 36 games out of the bullpen. Hardy had 57 strikeouts in 81 innings, with only 18 walks.

Hardy is a tall (6-4) lefty that throws only in the mid-80s, but he's been effective as a Double-A reliever the last two years. He'll probably compete for a job in the Mississippi bullpen next spring.

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