2010 Rule 5 Draft Live Blog

2010 Rule 5 Draft Live Blog

The 2010 Rule 5 Draft is today at 9:00 AM.  The Pittsburgh Pirates own the first pick in the draft, with plenty of rumors surrounding how they could use the selection.  I will be following all of the draft news leading up to the draft, along with the draft itself.  For a preview of the draft, check out my notebook from last night.

8:00 AM: One hour until the draft.  Check out the latest Rule 5 buzz from John Manuel at Baseball America.

8:30 AM: Jennifer Langosch reports that the Pirates are likely to take shortstop Josh Rodriguez with the first pick.  Rodriguez, who turns 26 in about a week, hit for a .293/.372/.486 line in 317 at-bats in AAA this past year in the Cleveland farm system.  He played most of his games at shortstop, and also played second base.  Langosch mentions that he would fill the backup infield role if the Pirates went with Ronny Cedeno as their starting shortstop.  That’s kind of surprising, since I figured Pedro Ciriaco would play that role.

8:35 AM: I just want to revisit last year’s Rule 5 live blog to point out that pre-draft announcements aren’t always concrete.  Last year we heard that the Washington Nationals were expected to draft Zach Kroenke for the New York Yankees.  They ended up drafting Jamie Hoffmann, who they did send to the Yankees. 20 minutes before the draft, the Pirates were expected to take pitcher Craig Baker from the Colorado Rockies.  Five minutes later it was announced that the Yankees would take Hoffmann.  Then, seven minutes before the draft, John Raynor was said to be the Yankees’ pick.  The Yankees ended up taking Hoffmann, and the Pirates took Raynor.

8:43 AM: Interesting note on Rodriguez: while playing for the Rice Owls, he lost his starting shortstop position to none other than Brian Friday.

8:54 AM: Paul Hoynes mentions that Rodriguez and Adam Miller are drawing interest in the Rule 5 draft.

8:57 AM: You can watch the stream of the draft here.

8:59 AM: Jonathan Mayo just said the Pirates were going with Josh Rodriguez on the broadcast.

9:03 AM: The Pirates have selected Rodriguez.  You can read the write up here.

9:04 AM: The Royals selected Nathan Adcock from the Pirates.

9:06 AM: Aneury Rodriguez just went off the board to the Houston Astros.  Bad Emaus went to the New York Mets.

9:07 AM: A lot of teams passing on picks now.  Adam Miller is still on the board.  The San Diego Padres selected George Kontos from the Yankees.

9:10 AM: The Pirates pass in round two.  Adam Miller still hasn’t been selected.  Makes sense, as the Pirates will have a full 40-man roster after the Scott Olsen, Kevin Correia, and Matt Diaz signings are official.

9:13 AM: The major league portion has completed.  The Pirates add Rodriguez and lose Adcock.

9:14 AM: Jonathan Mayo just mentioned that Rodriguez can play second, third, and short, plus the corner outfield positions.  He describes Rodriguez as a very cheap free agent addition.

9:16 AM: The AAA portion of the draft will begin in a few minutes.  Last year the Pirates selected Rodolfo Cardona in this phase.  Keep in mind that any pick is likely just going to be used as minor league depth.

9:21 AM: The AAA phase has begun.  The Pirates take Bradley Chalk, an outfielder from San Diego’s AA roster.

9:23 AM: Some information on Chalk, he spent time in high-A, AA, and AAA in 2010.  In 2009 he hit for a .301/.357/.398 line in 525 at-bats in high-A.  He struggled in high-A and AA this year, and had success in 80 at-bats in AAA.  Probably won’t be more than a bench player.

9:28 AM: No one taken from the Pirates in round one.  The Pirates select Travis Scott, a catcher from the Los Angeles Angels in round two.

9:29 AM: Scott only has 11 at-bats above the high-A level, and turns 26 in April.  He has a career .276/.353/.485 line in parts of four seasons in high-A.  The Pirates are thin at catching depth in the upper levels of the minors, especially if they manage to trade Ryan Doumit (which would move Jason Jaramillo from AAA as a starter to the majors as a backup).

9:33 AM: The Pirates pass in round three.

9:34 AM: The AAA phase is complete.  No Pirates selected.  The Pirates pass in the AA portion, so their day is done.  Still a chance they could lose someone, although it’s not going to be important at this phase.

9:36 AM: The Pirates selected Cesar Valdez from the Arizona Diamondbacks as the player to be named later in the Zach Duke trade.

9:38 AM: The Rule 5 draft is complete.  Pirates select Josh Rodriguez in the major league phase, and Bradley Chalk/Travis Scott in the AAA phase.  The only player they lost was Nathan Adcock to the Royals.

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  • Anonymous

    “8:43 AM: Interesting note on Rodriguez: while playing for the Rice Owls, he lost his starting shortstop position to none other than Brian Friday.”

    Because of Injuries, this is the only reason hes not in the bigs by age 26…Injuries has derailed his career…In college he was the pre-season top SS, until he had a serious elbow injury…when he came back he played DH and moved to 3B…Still was thought highly enough to be drafted in the 2nd round. The kids got talent, hes just a injury risk.

  • Todd Smith

    Disappointing to miss out on Hardy and Bartlett and end up with this.

  • Todd Smith

    Can’t really see Adcock staying on a major league roster all year…have a feeling we’ll end up getting him back, hopefully.

  • HamburgBucco

    Somehow I can’t see Appel signing for “only” 3.8 million or so after all that has gone on…

  • F Lang

    If Appel doesn’t sign it would only figure that the Pirates would be the first team to get burned by the new rules. How do you tell a kid with Appel’s talent “Sorry, we want to sign you, but the rules that are supposed to create fairness won’t let us.” It is embarrassing for all parties involved. Not surprising from the mlb, where a one game exhibition decides home field advantage in the World Series, and blackout rules date back to when Roberto Clemente was still playing.

  • Henduck

    I still think your opinion on Marte is affecting the Pirates’ decision on when to bring him up. Jerk!

    • Lee Young

      I hope to heck you’re not serious about calling Tim a jerk!

      • Ian Rothermund

        You mess with Tim, you mess with all of us, pal. Lol

        • Lee Young

          Ian….seriously….can’t believe ANYONE would call Tim a jerk.

          • Ian Rothermund

            The nerve of some people…

  • salempirate

    The things you apologize for are common to your readers. I’d guess I agree with about 1/2 your apologies and disagree with about as many. While I don’t really like people losing jobs, it’s afact of life in baseball and if Gregg Ritchie doesn’t return next season, I won’t miss him. Your 72-74 win season looked above and beyond what I realistically thought.
    My personal apology would go to Pedro Alvarez. He has really stepped up. I enjoy that he can deliver RBIs w/o having to hit HRs to do so. His HRs have added excitement too. But his recent evolution into a hitter who can draw a walk and not be a strikout machine has been excellent and I hope can continue.

  • Andrew Smalley

    Good stuff, Tim. Especially the apology on Allie, which I think is the only legit issue you were way off on.

    My request: Can we get WTM to apologize for him calling for Neal Huntington to be fired? He seemed to make that assertion on a weekly basis through the first month or two of the season on other sites.

  • Lee Young

    “**I apologize for saying this team was a 72-75 win team. Looking at
    their easy schedule to start the second half, they could reach that by
    the end of August.”

    I sure hope you aren’t apologizing for that win total. Because I would be doing cartwheels if they have that many wins by the end of August.


  • Andrew Smalley

    Getting into the apologizing spirit: I apologize for predicting that ZVR would be a breakout star this year and, you know, stop sucking. I’m now ready to officially declare him a bust.

  • Daryl Restly

    I apologize for not believing in the Power of Zoltan

  • Steve Dimmick

    never heard of that story, man he must be kicking himself right about now. I didnt know you can take insurance out on yourself because of “loss of skill”??? I could retire early and say it’s because of “loss of skill” of pushing papers.

  • john.alcorn

    Losing Appel is not something we should be hoping for. We will not get a better talent at #9 next year. This was a rare opportunity to get a top 5 talent at a later pick.

  • TonyPenaforHOF

    Great story…a good reminder for all athletes not to let it go to your head…

  • Lee Young

    I left out my sarcasm icon. He’s stupid to turn down $3mil.

  • Ian Rothermund

    If only Jesus would show him the way…

    Have either of you heard this guy talk? I’m always amazed by how religious some extremely talented, extremely white people are. If he’s thankful for the Lord allowing him to throw 97, should I be disappointed because I only ever topped off at 85? lol. Some people get all the breaks, lol.

    I just want Friday to come so at least there’s some answer, and we can all move past this annoyance. I don’t remember the Pedro, or even the Cole, negotiations being this irritating. They’re Boras guys too, right?

  • dcn3569

    Next years draft is supposed to be deeper and it gives them 2 first round picks and if the current team finishes better one is going to be late round pick. It is not the end of the world if he does not sign. In an ideal world he signs for the max that they can offer him and they assign him to Bradenton or he takes Cole’s route through the AFL.

  • Lee Young


  • dcn3569

    Morale of the story is don’t let greed get the better of you!!

  • Mike Brannagan

    Pretty sure that both Cole and Alvarez signed on the very last day, Alvarez for sure. He was signed at basically 11:59 pm (when the deadline was midnight), seem to recall MLB had to review the signing to verify that it occurred before midnight. Boras is a tool, he thinks he can break the system. What the Pirates are offering Appel is above and beyond the slot and they are offering the max they can without losing a draft pick next year. Another Boras client Almora (#6 of the Cubs) signed for over slot at 3.9 million, Pirates are offering somewhere between 3.5 – 3.8 million for the #8 pick, seems more than reasonable.
    Not sure what leverage he will have next year as a college senior, he could move up in the draft but he will only be offered slot (why give a bonus to a man with few options), may end up higher in the draft but make less money.
    The negatives for him are that he loses a year of being in a pro system, has a chance of hurting himself in college, has a chance of not being drafted higher.
    He will sign, if not hope he falls to #9 next year and the Pirates take him again and sign him for the slot amount.

  • john.alcorn

    Pedro’s was much worse, it went right to midnight and then after the draft Boras claimed we cheated the clock through Coonelly. The whole thing dragged on after the deadline.

  • maguro

    Pretty sure there are some extremely talented, extremely black people who are religious as well. Reggie White, anyone?

  • john.alcorn

    I don’t think that’s true regarding next year’s draft. Callis says its about the same as this year and Law says its worse. At any rate we will likely get a 9th overall talent next year instead of a top 5 guy, thus we do indeed lose the chance to get a more elite talent by not signing him. Its not a complete loss by any stretch, but we do lose something.
    Its not the end of the world but it would be disappointing. Now if we don’t sign him I’d sure like to see Brandon Thomas and Walker Buehler. Of course we will only have maybe half a million to work with since we lose the $2.9 million slot from our budget.


Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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