How did the Twins get Johan? The Rule 5 Draft, in which players who fail to make their team’s 40-man roster are exposed to the rest of the League. Selected players must remain on the new club’s ML roster for the entire season. This year’s draft is today, one of the final events of the Winter Meetings. Baseball Analysts previewed some of the talent that might be available. The Yanks have left pitchers Steven White and Brett Smitt out there, along with erstwhile top prospect Eric Duncan. Not hard to imagine one or both of those pitchers getting picked up.
UPDATE: The Yanks held onto White, Smith, and Duncan but lost AA pitcher Mike Gardner. They selected AA reliever Bo Hall out of the Milwaukee system. Looks like Bo doesn’t know the strike zone. (We kid!)—HT Pete Abe.
UPDATE 2: The Sox lost twiggy LHP Jose Capellan to the Giants. He was the 4th pick in the draft. Capellan’s numbers are impressive, and he’s young. Maybe the Sox thought they could sneak him through, as he’s a bit raw for an ML roster? Or maybe he’s too reedy? Interesting. Gardner looks like he might actually have a shot at sticking in the bigs, based on a cursory glance at the numbers.