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Rule 5 Draft

Capra held its 3rd annual Rule 5 draft a couple days ago. The Pawtucket Patriots kicked off the festivities by selecting 23 year-old centerfielder Peter Phillips, formerly of the Minnesota North Stars. Phillips was a 3rd round pick in the S4 draft and has been an All-Star, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove winner in the minor leagues, but he'll need to learn to drive the ball a little better to stick in the big leagues.

The Cleveland Brewdogs made shortstop Del Fuentes the 2nd overall pick. Fuentes is an excellent baserunner and skilled with the leather. He could be moved around the infield very comfortably.

Overall, 35 previously unprotected players were snatched up by other teams. The North Stars lost the most players, four, and didn't themselves draft anyone. Boston lost three and didn't select any. Pawtucket drafted the most players in the draft, seven, followed by the Brewdogs, who snatched up SS Fuentes and three subsequent pitchers.

Other intriguing players selected include pick #6(Las Vegas), SP Willie Hernandez, a 22 year-old with a 40-15 career minor league record; pick #11(Jacksonville), RP Shawn Broome, a short reliever who throws in the mid to high 90s and could become an effective short reliever; pick #19(San Juan), 2B Don Torres, a 22 year-old slugger who's averaged over 53 home runs over three full minor league seasons; and the 34th pick of the draft(Pawtucket), 3B Santiago Cruz, another pure masher who won't hit for average but, with patience, could knock 40 bombs a season.


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