In preparation for the draft, the club always makes additions to its 40-man roster to protect players from being eligible for selection by another organization. The following table indicates that activity over the last eight years. Of course, these don't include every player added over the course of the year. These are the ones named to the 40-man from the conclusion of the season up until the date when protected lists were due.
|40 man adds|
|Tony Cruz||Tyler Norrick||Matt Scherer||Kyle McClellan|
|Blake King||Adam Ottavino||Tyler Greene||Jason Motte|
|David Kopp||Francisco Samuel||Joe Mather|
|Adron Chambers||Bryan Anderson||Mike Parisi|
|Pete Kozma||Allen Craig||Jarrett Hoffpauir|
|Eduardo Sanchez||Mark Hamilton||Mark Worrell|
|Adam Reifer||Jon Jay|
|Troy Cate||Travis Hanson||Scott Seabol||Jason Ryan|
|Dennis Dove||Brendan Ryan||Reid Gorecki||Rhett Parrott|
|Blake Hawksworth||Rick Ankiel||John Gall|
|Cody Haerther||Chris Narveson|
Heading into the Rule 5 Draft, the Cardinals added just one fewer player to the 40-man this year, seven, than in the previous year. However, it is also worth recalling that three of the players added one year ago have since been removed, Tyler Norrick, Daryl Jones and Adam Ottavino. The uptick in protected players the past two years may be in part an indication of more productive drafts.
At least since 2002, the Cardinals have been active in the Rule 5 Draft each year. Though they do not always select players, they then seem to lose them. If they are not involved in the Major League phase, then they have plus or minus activity in the Minor League phases.
The table below shows the players the Cardinals selected and lost in the Major League phase. Also designated is whether the player was not kept – usually returned to his original organization. That did not happen the last two years, however.
One year ago, after pitching decently in the Arizona Fall League coming off Tommy John surgery, Mike Parisi was taken by the Cubs. After he did not make their roster in the spring, Parisi cleared waivers. The Cardinals would have taken him back, however because he had been outrighted previously, he had the right to declare free agency instead. Parisi did that, only to sign a minor league deal to remain with the Cubs.
Two winters ago, reliever Luis Perdomo was drafted by the Giants off the Memphis roster. The Cardinals had acquired him a few months prior from Cleveland in return for Anthony Reyes. The Giants placed him on waivers, where he was selected by San Diego – a required step prior to return. After a one-year gap, Perdomo is among the Rule 5 eligibles this year.
2009 was unique in that the Cardinals both selected a player in the major league phase, pitcher Ben Jukich from Cincinnati, was well as lost one, Parisi. Jukich did not make the Cardinals out of spring training and was returned to the Reds, where he pitched in Triple-A in 2010.
|Majors selected||Return||Majors lost||Return|
|2009||Ben Jukich (Cin)||yes||Mike Parisi (ChC)||no|
|2008||none||Luis Perdomo (SF)||no|
|2007||Brian Barton (Cle)||no||none|
|2005||Juan Mateo (ChC)||yes||none|
|2004||none||Tyler Johnson (Oak)||yes|
|2003||Hector Luna (Cle)||no||none|
|2002||none||Blake Williams (Cin)||yes|
The next table indicates the Cardinals activity in the Minor League phases of the recent Rule 5 Drafts. None of the 11 minor leaguers taken by the organization since 2002 are still with the Cardinals, including last year's selection, left-handed pitcher Matt Meyer. Meyer lasted until mid-June, when he was released from Double-A Springfield. He subsequently pitched in independent ball.
|Minors selected||Minors lost|
|2009||Matt Meyer (Cle)||none|
|2008||Russ Haltiwanger (KC)||Cody Haerther (Tor)|
|2006||Omar Falcon (Pit)||none|
|Jose Contreras (Was)|
|2005||Iker Franco (Atl)||Tim Hummel (CWS)|
|Vince Harrison (Bos)|
|2004||Matt Demarco (Fla)||Tony Granadillo (Bos)|
|Jose Garcia (Tex)||Josh Teekel (Fla)|
|Justin Knoff (Cin)|
|2003||Rayner Laya (Mon)||Jesse Roman (SD)|
|Jackson Paz (Min)|
If you are interested in a review of the Cardinals players eligible for selection in the draft, refer to this article: "Available Cardinals Rule 5 Players by Level".
My prediction is that the Cardinals will lose Adam Ottavino in the major league phase and Antonio DeJesus in the minor league phase. I also would not be surprised in the least if they select an anonymous left-handed pitcher in the minor league phase as they have in each of the last two drafts.
We will be back with information on whatever activity may involve the Cardinals in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, so check back then!
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