Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros selected
left-handed pitcher Patrick Schuster of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization
with the first pick in Major League Baseball's annual Rule 5 Draft on
The Astros then immediately shipped him to San Diego as the player to be named
later in the Anthony Bass deal the two teams completed on Wednesday.
Schuster went 0-1 with a 1.83 ER, 45 strikeouts against 18 walks and a .191
opponents batting average over 55 relief appearances for High Single-A Visalia
this past season.
Originally signed by Arizona as a 13th-round selection in the 2009 First-Year
Player Draft, Schuster has gone 16-14 with a 3.55 ERA, 262 strikeouts against
129 walks and a .240 opponents batting average in 149 games, 31 starts, over
parts of five minor league seasons in the Diamondbacks (2009-13) organization.
There were nine players taken in the major league phase of the draft on
Thursday. If those players do not sign with their new team, they must be
offered back to their original team, effectively canceling the Rule 5 draft
However, once they spend an entire season on their new team's 25-man roster,
their status reverts to normal and they may be optioned or designated for
The same rules apply to players who are selected then traded, like Schuster.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, whose rights were held by the
Colorado Rockies, was taken in the Triple-A phase of the draft by the Texas
It's the third time that he has been drafted.
Of course, several players have succeeded through the Rule 5 Draft in the
past, most notably Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, two-time Cy Young Award
winner Johan Santana and 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton. Other prominent
players selected through the Rule 5 Draft include pitchers Joakim Soria,
Matt Mantei and Antonio Alfonseca, as well as second baseman Dan Uggla and
outfielders George Bell, Willy Taveras and Shane Victorino.
Players who are not currently on their team's 40-man roster are eligible to be
taken in this draft, but only after a standard exemption period has elapsed.
Also, only teams whose rosters are under the 40-man limit are eligible to
A player who is 18 when he's signed can spend five seasons in an organization
before he has to be protected. Anyone who is 19 or older must be protected
after four years. Once past that time of service, a player must be put on the
40-man roster if that team wants to keep him from becoming eligible for the
Rule 5 Draft.
MAJOR LEAGUE PHASE
HOUSTON: Patrick Schuster, LHP, Reno (ARI) -- Sent to SD to complete trade for
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: Adrian Nieto, C, Syracuse (WAS)
PHILADELPHIA: Kevin Munson, RHP, Reno (ARI)
COLORADO: Thomas Kahnle, RHP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY)
TORONTO: Brian Moran, LHP, Tacoma (SEA)
NEW YORK METS: Seth Rosin, RHP, Lehigh Valley (PHI)
MILWAUKEE: Wei-Chung Wang, LHP, Indianapolis (PIT)
ARIZONA: Marcos Mateo, RHP, Iowa (CHC)
BALTIMORE: Michael Almanzar, 3B, Pawtucket (BOS)
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