2021 Rule 5 draft

Macuare is one to watch (IMO). And Valdez also plays 3B well. Hensley is versatile, but I doubt he has MLB talent. And I doubt anyone will pick Matijevic (or miss him much if he is picked).

I’ll hazard a guess as to roster moves with just a short bit left until the deadline:

  • Jeremy Pena gets added, taking the place of a dropped Freudis Nova;
  • Jonathan Bermudez gets added;
  • Shaw Dubin gets added;
  • To make room for the pitchers, they’ll drop a pitcher, with the three most likely candidates being Enoli, Josh James, Rafael Montero, and Jairo Solis. Solis had Tommy John in June last year, so he’s my guess.

My guess is it will not be Montero.

Verlander has not been added to the roster, and I don’t know when he will be

But if these 3 get added then an additional player will need to be jettisoned as well. But not necessarily by the rule 5 deadline.

Per mlbtraderumors, the Astros put Kent Emanuel on waivers and the Phillies claimed him.

Well that sucks

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It looks like:

Bermudez, Dubin. Pena, and Perez are added to 40.

Emanuel and Nova waived.

Emanuel was claimed Nova wasn’t.

Roster is at 40 but Verlander will still need to be added at some point.

Surely his parents were philosophy majors

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Per JJ Cooper tweets, they also lost Manny Ramirez (Yankees) and Brett Daniels (Former Indians).

Dawson is no big deal. I do not know about the other two.

Ramirez showed some promise a few years ago but has not progressed. Maybe injuries? Daniels does not seem to be much of a loss, and I agree on Dawson.

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So teams could protect up to 38 players on their AAA roster in order to prevent them from being taken in this minor league portion of the Rule 5. The Astros were not one of the organizations who had fully utilized all 38 spots entering the draft today. That more than anything should tell you how Click and company viewed Dawson, Ramirez and Daniels.

For some reason I thought you could only lose a max of two players in the Rule 5 draft.


Not in recent years at least. Neither in the major or minor league phase.

The Astros did add one player–RHP Ruben Garcia who was in the Tigers organization.

Originally drafted by Baltimore in the 14th round on 2016. Spent all or parts of his first 4 seasons in short season leagues. The Tigers claimed him on waivers prior to the 2020 season. Reached AA for the first time in 2021 where he K’d 51 in 41 IP but also walked 29. Age 25 and listed at 6’4" 220 lbs. FB up to 97 says BA.

In other words, exactly the type of pitcher whom the Astros have had great success working with.

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MLB portion will not happen…

Released last month after appearing in just 5 games for the Hooks and struggling badly.