Giants Lose, Gain in Rule 5 Draft

The Rule 5 draft isn't always the most exciting part of the Winter Meetings, but for teams building up their farm system, it can be important. The Giants had quite a bit of movement happen in this year's draft, with 4 moves affecting them.

In the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft Thursday, the Giants lost right handed pitcher Mitch Wylie to the New York Mets. In the Triple-A portion, the Giants lost starter Jose Sanchez to the Washington Nationals organization, but picked up shortstop Eugenio Velez from Toronto. And in the Double-A phase, the Giants acquired third baseman Aaron Sisk from the Cubs.

Wylie, who will turn 29 in January, wasn’t a big prospect for the Giants. He was picked up as a minor league free agent before last season, after having spent his entire career with the Chicago White Sox organization. He had a 4.50 ERA in Fresno, while picking up time both starting and relieving. He had 58 strikeouts and 15 walks in 66.0 IP. In the Giants organization, he likely did not have a future, since there were several other pitchers scheduled to be in Fresno this year that would be called up before him when needed.

Sanchez spent most of the season in San Jose after starting the year in Salem-Keizer. He posted a 2.08 ERA in 8 relief appearances with the Volcanoes, but then had a 13.50 ERA in 7 appearances at San Jose, with 11 walks and 10 strikeouts. He’ll be assigned to Washington’s Triple-A franchise, the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Velez played in Single-A Lansing of the Blue Jays organization in 2005, batting .285/.311/.406 over 67 games with 4 home runs. He will be assigned to Fresno and compete for playing time in the middle infield there.

Sisk split time in Single-A Peoria and Double-A West Tennessee last season. In Peoria, he hit .316/.400/.566 with 13 doubles and 7 home runs in 152 at bats. In West Tennessee, he hit .241/.331/431 with 6 doubles and 6 home runs in 137 at bats. He will go to Connecticut to play with the Defenders in 2006.


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