Major league baseball held it’s annual rule 5 draft on Thursday.
While many teams passed on their selections, the Cleveland Indians selected 25-year old Trevor Stephan on the New York Yankees in Round 1 of the draft.
2 Indians players were also selected as Ka’ai Tom was selected by the Oakland Athletics and Luis Oviedo was selected by the New York Mets.
Who is Trevor Stephan?
Stephan, 6-5, and 225 pounds, is a right handed pitcher out of Arkansas.
He split the 2019 season between Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton for New York.
In 20 outings he had a 4-7 record with a 4.73 ERA.
In 3 minor league seasons, he is 11-17 with a 3.70 ERA in 55 games.
Stephan was ranked as high as the No.7 Yankee’s prospect in 2018 was ranked No.15 in 2019.
The Indians signed Oviedo as an international free agent from Venezuela in July of 2015.
Oviedo missed parts of 2018 and 2019 with injuries after being rated the Indians No 2. prospect by Baseball Prospectus and No. 8 by Baseball America.
He was selected by the Mets, but is expected to be traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash according to a report.
The Mets did not select Luis Oviedo to keep for themselves. He will go to the Pirates in a trade for cash considerations, per source.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) December 10, 2020
MLB has the following rules for the Rule 5 Draft:
“Held each December, the Rule 5 Draft allows clubs without a full 40-man roster to select certain non-40-man roster players from other clubs. Clubs draft in reverse order of the standings from the previous season. Players signed at age 18 or younger need to be added to their club’s 40-Man roster within five seasons or they become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. Players who signed at age 19 or older need to be protected within four seasons.”
“Not every club will make a selection, but those that do pick a player must pay $100,000 to the club from which said player was selected. Rule 5 Draft picks are assigned directly to the drafting club’s 26-man roster and must be placed on outright waivers in order to be removed from the 26-man roster in the subsequent season. Should the player clear waivers, he must be offered back to his previous team for $50,000 and can be outrighted to the Minors only if his original club does not wish to reacquire him. A Rule 5 Draft pick can be placed on the Major League injured list, but he must be active for a minimum of 90 days to avoid being subject to the aforementioned roster restrictions in the next campaign.”
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