Padres Rule 5 Preview

The San Diego Padres will head into the Rule 5 Draft with the prospect of losing several players, particularly in the minor league portion. We take a look at both the major and minor league phases of the Rule 5 Draft, citing all the players on the Triple-A reserved list.

Players classified to the Triple-A reserve list must be selected in the major league portion of the Rule 5 Draft. It costs a team $50K to select the player and he must remain on the selecting team's big league 25-man roster for the entire season or be offered back to the original team at a cost of $25K.

The likelihood of losing players in the major league phase appears thin but we will look at all the players classified to Triple-A.

Triple-A classifications:

Brett Bonvechio

The third baseman came off a year of injuries and needs work defensively and at the plate.

Frank Brooks

A left-hander, Brooks was available as a six-year free agent to the highest bidder.

Tim Brown

The first baseman had a great year last season in Lake Elsinore but is a year removed from Independent League ball.

Erick Burke

The left-hander was a six-year free agent and available to the highest bidder. He could have been invited to big league camp at that time.

Adrian Burnside

The left-handed Burnside was a six-year free agent and available to the highest bidder. He could have been invited to big league camp at that time.

Luke Carlin

One of the better defensive catchers available and has a good eye at the plate but there are a lot of catchers on the list.

Jack Cassel

The right-hander was a six-year free agent and available to the highest bidder. He could have been invited to big league camp at that time.

Peter Ciofrone

A very good hitter who can hit .300 and hit the gaps but he does not have the power currently to profile in the outfield, his current position.

Javis Diaz

A speedy player with a good eye and an ability to reach base but he has holes in his swing that would be magnified in the majors.

Brett Dowdy

A solid utility player that plays hard. He does not have any truly above average tools.

Efren Espinoza

Signed this off-season, other teams could have take a crack at adding him but did not. This past year was a coming out part for him.

Alfredo Fernandez

A solid reliever who has not pitched above Low-A. That kind of jump would be scary but he has talent.

Dirk Hayhurst

Can be used as a starter and in the pen but does not have the overpowering stuff teams covet from a major leaguer reliever.

John Hudgins

Coming off surgery, Hudgins has to prove he is healthy. That won't happen on a major league roster.

Royce Huffman

The infielder was a six-year free agent and available to the highest bidder. He could have been invited to big league camp at that time.

Michael Johnson

Relegated to first base, Johnson has the power to come off a bench but without being able to play multiple positions his value is limited.

Mike Johnston

The left-hander was a six-year free agent and available to the highest bidder. He could have been invited to big league camp at that time.

Jose Lobaton

A solid catcher that has 42 games at High-A. He has never been the man – mainly used as a backup and floater.

Arturo Lopez

A left-handed arm that has a decent repertoire but has not shown he can be consistent.

Drew Macias

A great defensive outfielder who can play all three spots, Macias remains a work in progress at the dish.

Colt Morton

There is no doubting his power and his defensive behind the plate continually improves but he still has a long swing and the droughts that come with it.

Brian Myrow

The first baseman was a six-year free agent and available to the highest bidder. He could have been invited to big league camp at that time.

Jose Oyervidez

Has a four-pitch repertoire and some nasty stuff – when he is on. He just isn't on enough and often finds trouble with walks.

Yordany Ramirez

One of the best defensive outfielders in the game today – his bat remains the question mark. Has five tools but only a few are apparent today.

Adam Shabala

The outfielder was a six-year free agent and available to the highest bidder. He could have been invited to big league camp at that time.

Vince Sinisi

Plays outfield and first base and his bat came alive this year but there are questions about his power ability after a devastating injury.

Joakim Soria

Used mostly in relief, Soria has not pitched professionally above Low-A. He was considered for 40-man roster inclusion this year.

Steve Watkins

The right-hander was a six-year free agent and available to the highest bidder. He could have been invited to big league camp at that time.

Double-A classification:

Paul Abraham

A steady reliever that is probably ready for Triple-A but he suffered an injury last year that claimed the latter part of his season.

Bobby Basham

He was lost for the year in April and there is some question about whether he will ever return.

Roger Deago

Is considered a bulldog who can pitch in a number of roles but not a developmental prospect.

Jarrett Gardner

Surprised some people last year but did not work above Low-A Fort Wayne. He does, however, throw strikes.

Justin Hatcher

Currently on the non-active list.

Kennard Jones

An outfielder lost in the numbers game and his production slipped dramatically in a reserve role. He could do well with a change of scenery.

Ryan Klatt

A hard worker that rebounded from Tommy John surgery last season and showed he has some workable tools. Struggled in Double-A after pitching well in High-A.

J.T. Thomas

The lefty has some experience in Double-A but has struggled every time he has pitched there.

Ryan Trytten

Lost a good portion to the season due to injury and has been sidelined each of the past two years.

Single-A classifications:

Adam Bourassa

A hustle player that energized Lake Elsinore in 2005 only to lose significant time to injury last year and never recapture the glory.

Jeremy Cleveland

A good outfielder with a solid arm but does not have the power associated with his position.

Matt Hagen

Played a number of positions in a reserve role and was an asset in being able to take over in spurts but his bat is a question.

Charlie Lisk

Signed as a free agent, Lisk is a quality defender behind the plate but his bat has always been a question mark.

Justin Mattison

Signed off the street before the 2006 season, the reliever hasn't logged a whole lot of innings since originally being drafted as an outfielder in 2003.


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