2020 Rule 5 Draft

Astros take RHP Joe Record from the Twins org in minor league phase.

Record was a 28th round pick of Minnesota in 2017 (he and current Astros minor leaguer Shea Barry were teammates that year at UC-Santa Barbara).

Record had TJS and did not pitch in 2017 or 2018. Saw his first action in 2019. In time split that season between lo and hi A, whiffed 68 versus just 16 walks in 55 IP. Scouting report (prior to surgery) said he touched 95 on the heater.

Also in minor league phase the Astros select RHP Seth Martinez out of the A’s organization.

Martinez was a 17th round pick out of Arizona State in 2016. Used exclusively out of the bullpen in 2018 and 2019. At time split between hi-A and AA in 2019, he posted an 0.95 WHIP in 71.2 IP with 74 Ks.

And the Astros lose catcher Chuckie Robinson to the Reds in the minor league phase.

Summing up:

Lost
RHP Jose Alberto Rivera (major league phase–could be returned)
OF Drew Ferguson (minor league phase–gone forever)
C Chuckie Robinson (minor league phase–gone forever)

Added
RHP Joe Record (minor league phase)
RHP Seth Martinez (minor league phase)

Unless Rivera shows tremendous progress in his command, he will end up being returned.

Or the Angels only plan on pitching him against the Astros and other AL West contenders to “take out the competition”

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Latest update on Jose Alberto Rivera in Angels’ camp:

Rule 5 Draft pick Jose Alberto Rivera, a right-hander, was late to camp, which has limited his exposure to the coaching staff. He’s not expected to see enough action to make the club. Rivera will have to be placed on waivers, and if no team claims him, he must be offered back to the Astros for $50,000. “It’s difficult for him right now,” [Joe] Maddon said. “I’m not saying it’s impossible. It’s just difficult.”

The usual visa issues were the reason for his lateness. Rivera has thrown one clean inning for the Angels in “A” games with one whiff.

I would love to see him back in the org.

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Hopefully not an injury issue here…

Agent Rivera