Yesterday, the New York Mets added seven minor league players to the 40-man roster to shield them from December’s Rule 5 draft.
Players are eligible to be taken in the draft if he is not on a Major League 40-man roster and:
- signed at 19 or over as part of the 2008 draft class or earlier
- signed at 18 or younger during 2007 or earlier.
The Mets added lefthanded pitcher Robert Carson, righthanded pitcher Jeurys Familia, infielder Wilmer Flores, infielder Reese Havens, outfielder Juan Lagares, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and outfielder Cesar Puello to the 40-man roster.
Some of the more interesting names on the draft-eligible list:
Brad Holt – A first round draft pick in 2008, the hard-throwing righthander has struggled with his command in recent years. In 2011, he walked 5.5 batters per nine innings at Double-A Binghamton… and that was actually an improvement over his 2010 numbers (7.5 batters per nine innings in a season split between Single-A St.Lucie and Binghamton.
Jefry Marte – A 20-year-old third baseman, Marte hasn’t put together a breakout year yet. He’s shown flashes of potential, but probably not enough to make another team want to take a chance. He broke his wrist this week while playing in the Arizona Fall League.
Collin McHugh – Another team might very well take a chance on McHugh, a 24-year-old righthander who went 8-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings for the Double-A Binghamton Mets this season. McHugh is on Twitter as @Collin_McHugh
Sean Ratiliff – The Mets’ fourth round pick in 2008, Ratliff had a great half-season for the Binghamton Mets in 2010 after being promoted from St. Lucie. He hit .317 with 16 home runs and a .933 OPS in 73 games. Unfortunately, this spring Ratliff was struck in the right eye by a foul ball. He needed multiple surgeries, and who knows whether he will be able to continue his baseball career.
Tobi Stoner – You may remember Stoner, a 26-year-old righthander, from his cups of coffee with the New York Mets in 2009 and 2010. Stoner split this season between Binghamton and St. Lucie, and struggled at both levels.