Wednesday was the deadline to add select non-roster players to the 40-man roster, thus protecting them from the Rule 5 draft in December. Here’s a breakdown of the news.
Players added to the 40-man roster
- LHB Ben Bowden
- RHP Ashton Goudeau
- RHP Antonio Santos
- IF Tyler Nevin
Bowden and Nevin are the least surprising of these. Bowden was dominant when he was in Double-A before getting exposure at Triple-A, so he was already viewed as a bullpen piece for 2020. Nevin had a rough year in Double-A, but his potential is way too high to expose to the Rule 5 draft.
Goudeau and Santos were maybes. They both pitched well in this year’s Arizona Fall League. Goudeau didn’t allow a run in 13 innings of work. Santos struck out about 11 batters per nine innings and posted a 2.77 ERA, also in 13 innings pitched. It wouldn’t have been too surprising to leave them unprotected, but that they’ve been added isn’t a big surprise either.
Players unprotected, unlikely to be taken
- RHP Mike Nikorak
- OF Daniel Montano
- IF Vince Fernandez
Montano and Fernandez are too far away. Montano played 2019 in Asheville, and he didn’t even play that well. He has a lot of potential, but it’s doubtful…