The Rule 5 draft is about to begin. The Yankees can’t pick anyone — their 40-man is full — but they’re expecting to lose some pitchers.
UPDATE, 9:04 a.m.: Houston just took a left-handed pitcher from the Diamondbacks as the first selection, and the White Sox took a catcher from the Nationals. Another Diamondbacks pitcher went third.
UPDATE, 9:05 a.m.: The Rockies just took Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle with the fifth pick.
UPDATE, 9:05 a.m.: The Blue Jays selected left-handed pitcher Brian Moran, who’s from Westchester and was in the Mariners system.
UPDATE, 9:07 a.m.: Round One just ended. So far the Yankees have lost only Kahnle.
UPDATE, 9:08 a.m.: Well, the Yankees basically knew they’d lose Kahnle. Only nine players were selected overall, and Kahnle is the only Yankees player lost. He now has to try to stick with the Rockies.
UPDATE, 9:13 a.m.: The minor league phase of the Rule 5 is about to begin. This is when the extremely fringe players change organizations. These moves are almost always extremely insignificant.
UPDATE, 9:15 a.m.: Oh, but Houston swoops in and takes Ravel Santana with the top pick of the minor league phase! Not so long ago, Santana was considered a very good prospect, but injuries have almost completely derailed his career. The Yankees did not protect him even from the minor league phase of the Rule 5, which says a lot about how far he’d fallen.
UPDATE, 9:20 a.m.: Yankees pass in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.
UPDATE, 9:21 a.m.: Mike O’Brien was just taken by the Reds in the Triple-A phase. Kind of surprised the Yankees didn’t have him on their preliminary Triple-A roster to keep him from being available in the minor league phase. Not a big prospect, but not a bad one either.
UPDATE, 9:25 a.m.: Worth a reminder that players selected in the minor league phase do not have to stick on a specific roster. Those guys are pretty much gone for good.
UPDATE, 9:30 a.m.: The Yankees also lost RHP Felipe Gonzalez in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5. I’ve honestly never heard of him.
UPDATE, 9:31 a.m.: Kelvin Castro just went in the Double-A phase of the Rule 5. He’s a right-handed pitcher who used to be a light-hitting infielder. Very little chance of reaching the big leagues, but at least he’s a guy I’ve heard of.