Dodgers Lose Hoffmann, Tomlin in Rule V Draft

Los Angeles lost two outfielders, Jamie Hoffmann and James Tomlin, in the Rule V Draft in the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis and picked up a pair of pitchers in the bargain, RHP Carlos Monasterios from Philadelphia by way of the Mets and RHP Raul Burgos from San Francisco.

Monasterios, who will be 24 next March, was signed by the Yankees out of Venezuela, sent to their rookie club in the Gulf Coast League and then traded to the Phillies in mid-season.

Signed by the Yankees in 2006, traded to Philadelphia in mid-season. He made 26 starts in 2007 as a 21-year-old and 15 starts in 2008 before the Phillies moved him to the bullpen in 2009 where he was a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star.

Ken Noe of MLB Fanhouse had this to say about Monasterios in 2008:

"Remember when C.J. Henry was the centerpiece of the deal that sent Bobby Abreu to the Yankees? As it turns out, Monasterios, who looked like a small part of that trade at the time, may be the piece of the trade that the Phillies can be proud of.

"Monasterios' raw arm is intriguing all by itself, as he can run the fastball up there around 91-94 mph. His best pitch, though, may be his plus changeup. At 74-77 mph, the differential is superb and he is able to produce a big dead fish, fading action. He also mixes in a small cutter at 83-86 mph but he relies heavily on his first two pitches.

"Monasterios is able to repeat his delivery and has some deception, as he jumps at the hitters out of his balance point. With an athletic frame and two above-average pitches, the only thing left for him is to master his command in the strike zone.

"At 22 years old, he's not as young as you'd like to see for a prospect with limited experience above advanced Single-A ball, but the stuff is undeniable.:

Monasterios, pitching for the Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League, has compiled a 7-2, 3.52 record with 16 walks and 39 strikeouts over 89 innings.

Carlos Monasterios  6-2  175  br  tr
Born- March 21, 1986 in Miranda, Venezuela
Obtained- From Philadelphia for cash

 year  team	    w-l    era  gm  gs    in    h  bb   so  
2006	NYY Rook    1-2   2.97   7   3  30.1   23   3   24
	Phil Rook   0-2   3.68   4   3  14.2   18   3   11
2007	Phil A	   11-11  4.62  26  26 156.0  155  55  114
2008	Phil A+     5-8   5.63  17  15  94.1  109  33   66
2009	Phil A+	    5-6   3.73  35   7  82.0   71  27   71
	Phil AA     0-0   3.68   2   1   7.1    8   2    4
 Totals          22-29  4.49  91  55  384.2  384 123  290
is a young (21) right-hander who pitched a year in the Dominican Summer League and two seasons for the Giants team in the Arizona Rookie League.

Raul Burgos  6-1  210  br  tr
Born: Aug. 18, 1987 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

year  team      w-l   era  gm  gs  sv   in   h  bb  so 
2007  SF Dom   2-2  3.23  32  0  11  30.2  28  15  27  
2008  SF Rook  0-0  5.00   8  0   0   9.0   6   6   5
2009  SF Rook  2-0  5.82  15  0   0  17.0  16  13  15
 totals        4-2  4.29  55  0  11  56.2  53  34  47
Hoffman Now a Yankee
The Nationals, who had the first pick in the annual draft, fingered Hoffmann and then immediately sent him to the New York Yankees to complete a previous trade.

Hoffmann, who hit .307 with Chattanooga and .284 with Albuquerque last year, with a brief stay with the Dodgers from May 22 to June 15 where he appeared in 14 games and hit .182 (4-for-14) with a home run and seven runs batted in. His first major league hit was a three-run home run on May 24 against the Angels.

He was designated for assignment on August 31 and then resigned on September 9. "I still have to go through release waivers and then formally sign - I do not know how the formality works," Hoffmann said at the time. "Ned Colletti called and talked to me and told me that the Dodgers do not want to lose me -- they have plans for me."

Somewhere between then and now, the plans apparently changed.

Hoffmann hit .291 with 10 hoe runs and 64 runs batted in over 97 games for the Isotopes and Lookouts in 2009.

James Tomlin, who will be 27 next year, signed as a free agent at mid-season in 2007 after playing in the Minnesota and Kansas City systems since 2007. He hit .313 in 2009 at Jacksonville and .315 at Chattanooga in 2009. In 2 1/2 seasons he collected 74 doubles, four home runs and 96 runs batted in over 155 games.

He won the June Pride Award after batting .429 (24-for-56) with 10 walks and 11 runs score to raise his average from .284 to a season-high .322

Rule V Rules
Teams whose players are selected in the Major League phase of the draft will receive $50,000 per player. The players selected, though, must remain on the new club's 25-man roster for the entire season after the draft or be offered back to their parent organization for half the price.

However, the selecting team may, at any time, waive the Rule 5 draftee. If that player clears waivers by not signing with a new MLB team, he must be offered back to the original team, effectively canceling the Rule 5 draft choice. Once a Rule 5 draftee spends an entire season on his new team's 25-man roster, though, his status reverts to normal and he may be optioned or designated for assignment.

Other Selections
Steve Johnson, who went from the Dodgers' organization to Baltimore in the George Sherrill trade, was selected by San Francisco. Johnson, 21, was ranked No. 9 on the LADugout Top 50 charts last year. He was 8-4, 3.82 with Inland Empire and 1-1, 1.69 with Chattanooga in 2009 when traded.

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