The Rule 5 draft took place this morning at 9:00 am ET at the Winter Meetings.
The Mets selected RHP Seth Rosin from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the Phillies organization, but traded him to the Dodgers for cash considerations (Mayo).
The Mets also selected RHP Jon Velasquez from Double-A New Britain in the Twins organization in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft.
Velasquez, 28, has spent the last three years in the Independent League. He went 6-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 61 relief appearances for Camden in the Independent Atlantic League in 2013, allowing 58 hits and 26 walks with 82 strikeout sin 73 2/3 innings.
They did not lose any players in the major league phase of the draft.
Last month, the Mets added pitchers Erik Goeddel, Steven Matz, Jeff Walters, and Jacob deGrom to their 40-man roster to protect them from Rule 5 draft eligibility, but left both Cory Vaughn and Darrell Ceciliani unprotected.
However, the Mets lost three pitchers during the minor league portion of the draft, surrendering three pitchers from Double-A Binghamton.
The Astros selected Mets’ LHP Carlos Vasquez, the Twins selected Mets’ RHP James Fuller, and the Nationals selected Mets’ RHP Martires Arias.
Vasquez, 22, went a combined 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 19 appearances and one start between Single-A St. Lucie and the Mexican League in 2013. He went 1-0 with a 2.29 ERA in ten relief appearances and one start with the St. Lucie Mets, allowing 15 hits and three walks with 13 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings.
Fuller, 26, went a combined 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 24 relief appearances between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton in 2013, allowing 33 hits and 25 walks with 58 strikeouts in 50 innings.
Arias, 23, went 1-7 with a 5.81 ERA in 12 appearances and 11 starts for Rookie Kingsport in the Appalachian League in 2013, allowing 51 hits, 28 walks with 36 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings.
Michael Baron, ContributorI’m not surprised by the results of the draft for the Mets. They don’t have the roster flexibility or the depth to be trying players out at the big league level who come from the Rule 5 draft. It would make more sense if they had a deeper bullpen and wanted to take a look at an arm or two during Spring Training, but they don’t have a lot of healthy, reliable major leaguers in their bullpen to begin with right now to take these chances.
I was a little concerned a team might take a flyer on Vaughn. But, it’s clear other teams felt he was unprepared to make the big leap from Double-A to the major leagues in 2014, and the Mets were clearly counting on that as well. He has a lot of power, but he has holes in his swing – his injury problems in 2013 prevented him from working out those problems consistently. He’s older, but there’s still time for him, and considering the dearth of position player talent in the Mets organization, being able to hold onto Vaughn can only help them going forward.
Read more: Rule 5 draft requirements (MetsBlog)