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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