Diamondbacks select Marcos Mateo
Brewers take chance on Wei-Chung Wang
"We're hoping for some upside here, coming off of Tommy John surgery [in 2011]," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told MLB.com. "It's a chance to capture what we might consider a high-level prospect."
Wang was eligibility for the Rule 5 draft because of a technicality. The Pirates gave him a lucrative deal in 2011, but because of a torn ligament in his elbow, he didn't pitch until 2013, posting a 3.23 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings in 12 appearances, including 11 starts, at the Rookie level.
Seth Rosin winds up with Dodgers
Rosin was primarily a starter at Double-A Reading last year, going 9-6 with a 4.33 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 126 2/3 innings.
Blue Jays pick Brian Moran, then trade him
"He's got a history of missing bats, particularly with left-handed hitters," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told MLB.com. "Not an overpowering guy. It's more in the mid- to upper-80s velocity, with tremendous angle, high-end deception; got a good breaking ball that he can throw for a strike and miss a bat with. I guess from a scouting perspective, he makes up a lot of ground on his way to home plate. He's about 6-3, but he strides as if he were 6-8, and the fastball tends to play firmer than it looks on the gun."
Tommy Kahnle picked in Rule 5 draft
"We had a couple of above-average reports on him as it relates to projection," Rockies director of professional scouting Jon Weil told MLB.com. "He pitches at 96-98 [mph], a big strong right-hander, good slider, attacks the zone very aggressively. He has a big, strong durable build [listed at 6-foot-1, 230 pounds]. We felt with the power he brings, he could bring a nice complement to compete for our bullpen."
Philllies give Kevin Munson a shot
"He's a power reliever, a two-pitch power guy," Phillies scouting director Mike Ondo told MLB.com. "A big fastball with a hard slider. He's a guy that can create some depth in our bullpen. Get him in the mix. In the past, he's been capable of giving you a two-inning outing. He's also a guy that can come in with that stuff and get a strikeout."
White Sox add Adrian Nieto to catcher mix
"Any time you take a guy in Rule 5, you are rushing his development a little bit, so it's a longer shot of it working out," general manager Rick Hahn told MLB.com. "But this kid made some real nice strides in 2013 in terms of development. We figure bring him in and give him the shot and have some competition. It doesn't mean by any means we are done in terms of our search for potential upgrades. This is another avenue to try to bring in some talent."
Nieto hit .285 with 11 homers and an .821 OPS in 390 at-bats at Class A Potomac last season.
Patrick Schuster the other half of Anthony Bass deal
"I have a little history with him," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes told MLB.com. "We drafted him with Arizona. He's progressed through professional ball. The last two years he's been a reliever and we had a really good report on him this summer from the Cal League. He's gotten some lefties out and actually has pitches for right-handed hitters and also keeps the ball on the ground. He was worth a shot in the Rule 5."
Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero both available
Justin Smoak looked like he was having a breakout season in 2013, hitting .273 with an .821 OPS as late as Aug. 16, but he hit just .152 with a .562 OPS the rest of the way. After another failed attempt to secure the starting catcher job, Montero was sent to the minors to learn first base before getting hit with a 50-game suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic. He also had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Braves making strong push for Jeff Samardzija
The Blue Jays, Orioles and Diamondbacks have also been linked to the 28-year-old right-hander this offseason. Samardzija went 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings in a career-high 213 2/3 innings last year.