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Luis Gil was acquired by the Yankees for Jake Cave and has quickly made himself into a top prospect. (Robert M. Pimpsner)

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2019 Rule 5 Draft: Looking at the Roster

Note: This article is part of a series looking at the 2019 Rule 5 draft and which Yankees minor leaguers it will affect. 

The annual Rule 5 draft is a couple of months away as part of the Baseball Winter Meetings.  The Yankees have many players that are likely to be selected in either the major league phase or the minor league phase of the draft.

The Bronx Bombers already protected one player by adding him to the roster during the season, which was right-handed pitcher Michael King.  However, there are several more prospects that the Yankees are in danger of losing if not protected.  That list includes top pitching prospects Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Nick Nelson, Luis Medina, and Miguel Yajure.  Also eligible for the draft is the Yankees top position player prospect, Estevan Florial.

Estevan Florial is the top position player prospect in the system and is eligible for the Rule 5 draft this year. (Mark LoMoglio / Tampa Tarpons)

Last year in the major league phase of the draft the Yankees lost RHP Nick Green and five players in the minor league phase of the draft. Green did end up returning to the Yankees just prior to the start of the 2019 season and will be eligible once again.

The Yankees do not have as many open spots on their 40-man roster to add everyone, which leaves the question, who do you protect?

While there are many prospects that the Yankees could “hide” on the Triple-A reserve roster for the draft, there are a few that have a legitimate chance of being selected.  But the question remains would the Yankees feel the need to protect them in November?

Miguel Yajure had a breakout season and could be lost in the annual draft in December. (Mark LoMoglio / Tampa Tarpons)

Before we get into which prospects the Yankees may want to consider protecting in the Rule 5 draft let’s look at all the players who are eligible to be selected.  Below you will find the list of players that are eligible for the Rule 5 draft in 2019 and those who remain from other classes.

2019 Rule 5 Eligible Players

PlayerPositionAcquiredSigning DateFree Agent YrMLB 40-Man
Brian KellerRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/15/20162023NO
Nick NelsonRight-Handed PitcherDraft06/13/20162023Yes
Carlos EspinalRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT2/27/20152021NO
Antonio AriasOutfielderFree Agent05/29/20152021No
Carlos GallardoCatcherFree Agent02/12/20152021No
Oswaldo CabreraThird BasemanFree Agent07/02/20152022No
Braden BristoRight-Handed PitcherDraft06/15/20162023No
Mandy AlvarezThird BasemanDraft6/14/20162023No
Trevor LaneLeft-Handed PitcherDraft6/12/20162023No
Deivi GarciaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20152022Yes
Rony GarciaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20152022No
Sandy MotaSecond BasemanFree Agent07/09/20152022No
Ben RutaOutfielderDraft06/15/20162023No
Luis GilRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 3/16/2018 Minnesota2/12/20152021Yes
Jio OrozcoRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 8/31/201606/11/20152022No
Brooks KriskeRight-Handed PitcherDraft06/12/20162023No
Isiah GilliamFirst Baseman, OutfielderDraft06/30/20152022No
Jefry ValdezRight-Handed PitcherTrade-11/20/20185/5/20152021No
Luis MedinaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/08/20152022Yes
Miguel YajureRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent03/05/20152021Yes
Wellington CaceresRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent01/18/20162022No
Brayan JimenezSecond BasemanFree Agent07/02/20152022No
Estevan FlorialOutfielderFREE AGENT3/19/20152021Yes
Edward ParedesRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/05/20152022No
Michael KingRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 11/20/20176/20/20162023Yes
Matt FrawleyRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 7/14/20176/16/20162023No
Paul YoungRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent - 8/30/20177/8/20162023No
Nelvin CorreaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent7/2/20162023No
Brian TrieglaffRight-Handed PitcherDraft7/5/20162023No
Jean LunaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent8/15/20162023No
Chase HodsonRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent06/20/20162023No
Freicer PerezRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent12/15/20142021No
Luis OjedaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20152022No
Andres ChaparroThird BasemanFREE AGENT7/2/20152022NO
Jesus BastidasShortstopFree Agent07/02/20152022No
Elvis PegueroRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20152022No
Pedro BarriosRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT7/2/20152022NO
Alex MejiasRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT7/2/20152022NO
Jhonatan MunozRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT8/10/20152022NO
Argelis HerreraLeft-Handed PitcherFree Agent7/2/20152022No
Deivi DiazLeft-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20152022No
Meure RodriguezCatcherFree Agent07/02/20152022No
Carlos NarvaezCatcherFREE AGENT7/2/20152022NO
Greg WeissertRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/15/20162023No

Note: some players on these lists may have been traded or released. 

2018 Rule 5 Eligible Players

PlayerPositionAcquiredSigning DateFree Agent YrMLB 40-Man
Jeff HendrixOutfielderDRAFT6/16/20152022NO
David SosebeeRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/14/20152022NO
Billy FlemingSecond BasemanFREE AGENT7/23/20142021NO
Kyle HolderShortstopDraft6/11/20152022No
Jason LopezCatcherFree Agent7/2/20142021No
Nelson GomezThird BasemanFree Agent7/2/20142021No
Danienger PerezSecond BasemanFree Agent7/2/20142021No
Daniel AlvarezRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent3/14/20142020No
Andy DiazOutfielderFree Agent1/27/20142020No
Welfrin MateoThird BasemanFree Agent10/12/20132020No
Griffin GarabitoThird BasemanFree Agent07/02/20142021No
Carlos TatisFirst BasemanFree Agent02/17/20142021No
Miguel FlamesFirst BasemanFree Agent07/02/20142021No
Adonny RojasRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent7/2/20152022No
Alex VargasRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20142021No
Christian MorrisRight-Handed PitcherDraft07/07/20152022No
Garrett MundellRight-Handed PitcherDraft06/13/20152022No
Brandon WagnerFirst BasemanDraft06/12/20152022No
Carlos VidalOutfielderFree Agent05/05/20142020No
Ricardo FerreiraOutfielderFree Agent01/27/20142020No
Spencer MahoneyRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent11/16/20152022No
Alex RobinettRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/11/20152022No
Pedro EspinolaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20152022No
Reiver SanmartinLeft-Handed PitcherTrade - 11/20/201707/02/20152022No
Hobie HarrisRight-Handed PitcherDraft06/12/20152022No
Alexander RosarioRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent2/12/20152021No
Rafael LaraRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT3/5/20152021NO
Kenlly MontasRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT4/17/20152021NO
Gilmael TroyaRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO
Juan De LeonOutfielderFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO
Frederick CuevasOutfielderFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO
Raymundo MorenoOutfielderFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO
Nelson AlvarezFirst Baseman, Right-Handed PitcherFree Agent03/16/20152021No
Jairo GarciaRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT-2020NO
Trey AmburgeyOutfielderDraft6/13/20152022No
Dermis GarciaFirst BasemanFree Agent07/02/20142021No
Will CarterRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/12/20152022NO
Wilkerman GarciaShortstopFree Agent7/2/20142021No
Donny SandsCatcherDraft6/12/20152022No
Jhalan JacksonOutfielderDRAFT6/9/20152022-
Zack ZehnerOutfielderDRAFT6/16/20152022NO
Hoy Jun ParkOutfielderFree Agent7/2/20142021No
Pablo OlivaresOutfielderFree Agent07/02/20142021No
Brody KoernerRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/13/20152022NO
Daniel RamosRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent10/26/20132019No
James ReevesLeft-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/13/20152022NO
Diego CastilloShortstopFree Agent07/02/20142021No

2017 Rule 5 Eligible Players

#PlayerPositionAcquiredSigning DateFree Agent YrMLB 40-Man
DLDevyn BolaskyOutfielderDRAFT6/15/20142021NO
Justin KamplainLeft-Handed PitcherDraft6/17/20142021No
60Adonis RosaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent12/19/20132020No
DLAustin DeCarrRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/13/20142021No
DLLeonardo MolinaOutfielderFree Agent8/1/20132020No
25Mike FordFirst BasemanFree Agent7/17/20132020No
20Anderson SeverinoLeft-Handed PitcherFree Agent06/01/20132019No
Jerry SeitzCatcherFree Agent5/16/20132019No
20Eduardo NavasCatcherFree Agent07/20/20132020No
Abel DuarteRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent10/14/20132020No
Yoiber MarquinaRight-Handed PitcherTRADE-5/5/20177/2/20122020NO
Bringnel MendezRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT6/15/20142020NO
Anyelo GomezRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent11/20/20122019No
19Gosuke KatohThird BasemanDraft6/19/20132020No
34Chris GittensFirst BasemanDraft6/24/20142021No
47Jose Mesa Jr.Right-Handed PitcherDraft7/3/20132020No
6Ryan McBroomFirst Baseman, OutfielderTRADE FROM TOR-7/23/20177/11/20142021NO
62Mark PaytonOutfielderDraft6/23/20142021No
18J.P. FeyereisenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 7/31/20166/9/20142021No
12Junor SotoOutfielderRule 5 Draft - 12/14/20177/2/20132020No
45Nick GreenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 8/1/201606/13/20142021No
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