The Rule 5 Draft took place on Thursday morning, and with the Marlins bargain shopping for players, they were expected to be active during the draft. Marlins fans remember the Rule 5 Draft from 2006, in which the Marlins landed all-star second baseman Dan Uggla. The Marlins have not had much success in the draft since.
Rule 5 players, obtained for $50,000 each, must open the season on a team’s 25-man roster or be returned to their original club. But Miami hopes both players can stick and produce.
On Thursday, the Marlins selected three players in the Rule 5 Draft. The team selected two players in the MLB Phase of the draft, outfielder Alfredo Silverio from the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcher Braulio Lara from the Tampa Bay Rays. The team selected Tyler Kehrer from the Los Angeles Angels in the Triple-A phase.
Alfredo Silverio is the most intriguing pick for the Marlins. Silverio had a breakout season in 2011 for the Dodgers Double-A team, posting an impressive .306/.340/.542 line with an impressive .382 wOBA. Silverio also scored 90 runs and collected 42 doubles, 18 triples, 16 home runs and 85 RBI in 132 games with double-A Chattanooga in 2011, earning Southern League All-Star honors.
On Jan. 23 of this year, he was involved in a one-car accident in the Dominican Republic. Silverio in the accident suffered injuries to his back, shoulder, elbow, and neck. He was reportedly suffering from concussion-like symptoms six weeks after the car crash.
“The Dodgers just showed me pictures of the car. He’s lucky he’s alive,’’ said Marty Scott, the Marlins’ vice president for player development.
The good news for the Marlins, Silverio was recently taking batting practice in the Domincan Republic. Hopefully that is a positive sign for his career going forward. Silverio has not been cleared to throw the ball, as of yet, as a result of his Tommy John Surgery.
“If we get him healthy as quickly as we can, not rush him, he’s a possible DL guy to start the year,” Scott said.
“He’s a project and you bring him in but tool-wise and the grades we had on him and the fact that he has recovered from the concussions and the Tommy John, it’s very promising.’’
This is what Baseball America had to say about the Marlins pick:
Showed the potential for five average or better tools, but missed all of 2012 after a car accident resulted in a concussion and an elbow injury. If healthy, could be the safest bet to stick on big league roster.
Silverio will likely start the season on the disabled list, but will have to be active for at least 90 days for the Marlins, or they will have to return him to the Dodgers.
The Marlins also selected Braulio Lara from the Tampa Bay Rays. Lara is an intriguing prospect, as he is a left-hander with plenty of zip on his fastball. He has however struggled with command in the minor leagues. Last season, Lara, 23, was 6-10 with a 5.71 ERA (112.0 IP/71 ER) in 25 games, including 21 starts, with single-A Charlotte in the Tampa Bay Rays system. Lara has a career 4.41 ERA in his minor league career.
This is what Baseball America had to say about the Marlins pick:
Lara has a lean, athletic build that produces a mid-90s fastball and a hard, downer curveball. He went 6-10, 5.71 in high Class A in 2012 so while the stuff is excellent, he’s a long ways from being ready to help a big league club.
Lara is a solid pick, but he is a less likely candidate to stick with the Marlins. He has never pitched above High-A and it would be a stretch to see him succeeding in the Majors, but with the Marlins likely to be out of contention early, Lara will have a chance to make it work with the Marlins.
In the minor league phase, the Marlins selected left handed pitcher, Tyler Kehrer from the Angels Double-A team. I do not know as much about Kehrer as the other prospects, but his raw numbers in the minors do not look too good, as he walks way too many hitters.
The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly close to completing a deal that would send current Marlins third baseman Yunel Escobar to the Rays to fill their shortstop hole in return for prospect Derek Dietrich, tweets Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
Dietrich was ranked as the 15th best prospect on the Rays by Fangraphs, 9th by Baseball America, and graded out as a C+ prospect by Minor League Ball’s John Sickels before the season began. Dietrich would likely slot somewhere between 8-10 in the Marlins top prospect lists, due out later this off-season.
Dietrich was drafted as a shortstop, but most scouts see him moving over to third base as he moves up in the minors. Dietrich hit .282/.343/.468 (.367 wOBA) in High-A before earning a late-season promotion to Double-A. In Double-A, Dietrich continued his hot hitting .271/.324/.429 (.346 wOBA). He graded out as better than league average there.
Baseball America sees him as a second or third baseman long-term, and with his above-average power, Dietrich has a solid chance of becoming an above-average major leaguer in his career.
Escobar was recently acquired by the Marlins in the mega-trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was reportedly accommodating to move to third to play for the Marlins, but the Marlins were looking to trade Escobar even before the deal with the Jays was finalized.
Stay tuned to Marlins Daily for more updates.
Guys, it’s been a while since there has been a post on Marlins Daily. We apologize for that. I am just getting back into posting lately after a long hiatus and Dave Gershman is working on something big, on which he will have an announcement on very soon.
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Apparently all those rumors yesterday that the Miami Marlins and their top pick Andrew Heaney were done negotiating were false, as the two sides has come to terms on an agreement, for the $2.6 million the Marlins were offering.
I guess all the criticism that the Marlins met yesterday for being dumb and cheap for taking a hardball stance need to be renounced. But as you know with Marlins fans and baseball fans in general, people only remember the bad the Marlins front office does.
Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that they’ve agreed to a $2.6 million bonus. The left hander out of Oklahoma State will be a quick riser in the Marlins minor league system and should be ready to be a full-time starter sometime in 2014. Heaney projects as a 3/4 rotation pitcher. Heaney never had any leverage in the negotiations and probably realized that any injury or struggle he faced in 2012 without an MLB contract would hurt the amount of money he could potentially get next season.
The Marlins hardball stance, which saved them $200,000, will help them get their third round pick, Avery Romero. Romero, was committed to the University of Florida, but Joe Frisaro expects the two sides to agree to a bonus of at least $700,000.
The deadline for draft picks to sign is not until 5 PM EST Friday, but the Miami Marlins and Andrew Heaney are apparently done negotiating. Jim Callis of Baseball America first reported the news on his Twitter account and Juan Rodriguez, of the Sun-Sentinel, confirmed the news.
According to Rodriguez, the Marlins offered Andrew Heaney $2.6 million, he was seeking the slot amount for the ninth pick, at $2.8 million. The Marlins still have time to negotiate and work out a deal, but it does not seem likely at this point. As Rodriguez pointed out, per Marlins team policy, the require a physical and full bloodwork before consummating a deal. The likelihood of that getting done before Friday are slim.
The Marlins selected Andrew Heaney with the ninth overall pick out of Oklahoma State. If the team fails to sign Heaney, the Marlins will have the 10th pick in the 2012 draft.
Losing a pitcher like Heaney, who was ranked as the best college left hander in the draft, is not a good thing to happen for a Marlins team that has already one of the worst minor league talent in baseball.
As for Heaney, he can return to Oklahoma State for his senior year. Heaney can also go for a stint in Independent Baseball.