June 22, 2021

The Ultimate Mariners 2019 Rule-5 Draft Primer (Lookout Landing)

Yesterday/today was the deadline for teams to add players to their 40-man rosters or risk losing them in the Rule 5 draft. For an explanation of the Rule 5 draft, along with which Mariners prospects are eligible for the draft and who we think will be protected, click here. For an even more detailed explanation of the Rule 5 draft, click here.

The Mariners have made selections in each of the past two Rule 5 drafts: in 2017 they took Mike Ford from the Yankees’ system, but returned him before the 2018 season began (Ford eventually worked his way up to the big-league club this past season and hit .259/.350/.559 in 163 MLB plate appearances in 2019). In 2018 the Mariners took reliever Brandon Brennan after he signed an MiLB deal with the Rockies after spending the bulk of his career in the White Sox system. Brennan remained with the club all season and is now officially part of the organization, becoming one of just three of last year’s 14 Rule 5 selections who remained with their selecting club (It’s worth noting the Mariners had attempted to sign Brennan in MiLB free agency prior to the draft). The Mariners, with only 35 players currently on their 40-man roster, have…

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