Thursday, December 11, 2008

Yankees Lose Six in Rule 5 Draft

INF Reegie Corona (Seattle)
Reegie Corona, 22, was selected by the Seattle Mariners with the second overall choice. At Double-A Trenton, Corona hit .274 with a .345 on base percentage, 24 steals and 27 doubles.

A switch-hitter with very little power, Corona can work the count and will take his share of walks. He’s played both SS and 2B during his minor-league career and profiles as a utility infielder (Zduriencik’s replacement for Willie Bloomquist).

LHP Zachary Kroenke (Florida)
Zachary Kroenke, 24, advanced to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2008. The 2005 fifth-round selection combined for a 2.85 ERA and .190 batting average against across two levels. He was selected 12th by the Florida Marlins.

MLB Rule 5 DraftKroenke was converted to a reliever before the 2007 season. In 2008, he averaged a strikeout an inning. Kroenke could stick in manager Fredi Gonzalez’s bullpen next year. However, the Marlins have two viable lefties – Taylor Tankersley and Renyel Pinto – on their active roster.

RHP Jason Jones (Minnesota)
Jason Jones, who turned 26 last month, went 13-7 with a 3.33 ERA and a 91/49 K/BB ration in 148.2 innings for Double-A Trenton. A fourth-round selection in 2004, has a cumulative 3.77 ERA over five minor-league seasons. He’s made 104 starts.

Jones’ low strikeout and groundball totals make it a stretch he’ll be an effective major league starter, but the Twins will likely try him in middle relief.

RHP Ivan Nova (San Diego)
Ivan Nova, 21, was ranked the Yankees’ No. 18 prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2008 season. After a promising start to his season fourth professional season, Nova was underwhelming with Class-A Tampa. In 148.2 innings, Nova posted a 4.36 ERA en route to an 8-13 record. Nova allowed 168 hits and 46 walks.

Nova gets an above-average number of grounders with his sinking fastball and has a plus curveball. He could succeed as a middle reliever.

Players taken in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft are selected for a price of $50,000 and must remain on the receiving club's 25-man roster for the entire upcoming season. If not, they are offered back to the original club for $25,000.

Significant past Rule 5 selections: LHP Johan Santana (1999), OF Josh Hamilton (2006), 2B Dan Uggla (2005), RHP Joakim Soria (2006) & 2B Fernando Vina (1992).

In the minor-league phase, the New York Yankees lost LHP Andres Santos (Pittsburgh) and RHP Josue Selenes (Oakland).

The New York Yankees made no Rule 5 selections. In fact, general manager Brian Cashman left the Bellagio before the draft began.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey hey

Welcome back! I would have liked to see the Yankees take a flier on someone in the Rule 5. We could have added a young player and possibly improved our bench.