Recent Cardinals Rule 5 Draft History

The St. Louis Cardinals have been active in recent Rule 5 Drafts acquiring and/or losing players.

With Thursday's Rule 5 Draft upon us, it seems an appropriate time to recap St. Louis Cardinals activity in the annual early-December event in recent years.

In preparation for the draft, the club always makes additions to their 40-man roster to protect players from being eligible for selection by another organization. The following table indicates that activity over the last four years.

40-man adds R5 avail R5 avail prospects lost
2009 8 23 21 TBD
2008 2 16 13 2
2007 6 18 16 0
2006 5 27 20 0
Average 5 21 18

Heading into the Rule 5 Draft, the Cardinals added as many players to the 40-man this year, eight, as in the previous two years combined. This year, they also have slightly more prospects and overall players available compared to the four-year average, and considerably more than each of the last two years.

(Note: The difference between "avail" and "avail prospects" is that minor league free agent signings are included in the former, but not the latter. This year, the two are Pedro Rodriguez and Ruben Gotay.)

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. An exception was last winter when reliever Luis Perdomo was taken by the Giants off the Springfield roster, but was later claimed off waivers by San Diego – a required step prior to return.

Majors selected Return Majors lost Return
2008 none Luis Perdomo (SF) no
2007 Brian Barton (Cle) no none
2006 none 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 ten minor league players taken by the organization since 2003 are still with them, including last year's selection, pitcher Russ Haltiwanger.

On the far right are the names of the players added to the 40-man roster each year prior to Rule 5.

Minors selected Minors lost 40 man adds
2009 TBD TBD Tyler Norrick
Adam Ottavino
Francisco Samuel
Bryan Anderson
Allen Craig
Mark Hamilton
Jon Jay
Daryl Jones
2008 Russ Haltiwanger (KC) Cody Haerther (Tor) Matt Scherer
Tyler Greene
2007 none none Kyle McClellan
Jason Motte
Joe Mather
Mike Parisi
Jarrett Hoffpauir
Mark Worrell
2006 Omar Falcon (Pit) none Troy Cate
Jose Contreras (Was) Dennis Dove
Blake Hawksworth
Cody Haerther
Andy Cavazos
2005 Iker Franco (Atl) Tim Hummel (CWS) Travis Hanson
Vince Harrison (Bos) Brendan Ryan
Rick Ankiel
2004 Matt Demarco (Fla) Tony Granadillo (Bos) Scott Seabol
Jose Garcia (Tex) Josh Teekel (Fla) Reid Gorecki
Justin Knoff (Cin)
2003 Rayner Laya (Mon) Jesse Roman (SD) Jason Ryan
Jackson Paz (Min) Rhett Parrott
John Gall
Chris Narveson

We will be back with information on whatever activity involves the Cardinals in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, so check back then!

If you are interested in the Cardinals players eligible for selection in the draft and further explanation about the process, refer to this article: "Available Cardinals Rule 5 Players by Level".

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