Two things to note about the Yankees’ list of first-time Rule 5 eligible players.
College players drafted in 2006 are eligible for the first time.
That means, had they not been called up in their first full season, this would be the first year Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain would have to be protected. Gives you a good feel for just how quickly those two were brought to the major leagues. David Robertson and Mark Melancon would also have to be protected for the first time if they weren’t already on the 40-man.
High school players from the 2005 draft are also eligible this year.
The Yankees took shockingly few high school players in 2005. Of their first 20 picks, 18 came out of college. The only exceptions were ninth-round pick Austin Jackson and first-round pick C.J. Henry. In a draft that may go down as one of the best in baseball history — the first round alone included Upton, Zimmerman, Braun, Tulowitzki, Maybin, McCutchen, Bruce, Ellsbury, Garza and Rasmus — the Yankees got a dud in Henry, who’s disappointing career has led him out of baseball.