Rule 5 Draft

Mets select RHP Seth Rosin in 2013 Rule 5 draft, traded to Dodgers

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, Contributor

I’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)

42 comments
hankypanky
hankypanky

Hmm. Anybody breaking down the doors for Toxicspin?

Bob Wolfe
Bob Wolfe

He was traded to the Dodgers!

nolrog
nolrog

>>> 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.

Yes, the Mets are so loaded with stars that they couldn't possibly find a spot on the active roster for a Rule V guy. 

John Doe
John Doe

Why do I get the feeling like the Wilpons were cheering the 150k they get for losing the three players in the draft?

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

volquaz takes 1 year deal for 5 million - Id much rather him then colon.  Also Morse just signed with the giants

The Feels
The Feels

Steven Matz makes me drool. I have a great feeling about him. He's gonna be special in a Mets uniform. 

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

Velasquez, Vasques, Fuller, and Arias...gone...salary relief to sign Drew.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

For what it's worth Rosin wasn't one of the Phillies Top 30 prospects, per BA.

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

I just fail to see how this organization brags about pitching depth and prospects and continues to pick up pitching while we have no bats worth mentioning in the minors.

Calamity Francis
Calamity Francis

We picked up Seth Rogan so Colon isn't the only fat guy on the team.

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Why Rosin unless a pitching prospect is getting traded

anymos
anymos

Vaughn just isn't that good.

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

SS- Hernandez or OF Eibner get it done.

oleosmirf
oleosmirf

The Mets currently have 36 people on the 40-man as Colon has not been officially signed. Then factor in the future trade of Ike and likely Murphy plus the addition of a SS and a RP or two and you have 38 on the roster leaving 2 spots open for guys that need to be added after ST.

nyijkm
nyijkm

Cutting Brown would be stupid unless one of the Rule 5 guys, FA signings or trades make the opperunity too good to pass up. Brown has great power off the bench, is a good enough corner OF defender and came through a lot of us last year.

Cut Kirk, we've had enough sample size that shows he will always be a AAAA player. How long are we going to string him along as the future CF stud? Lagares was projected lower than him and Den dekker, and passed them both up by a ton.

Glad to see Matz finally make it (local LI guy), everyone they protected was smart but Vaughn could be something in two years. I hope he doesn't get drafted, and that Sandy also has his sights set on some diamonds in the rough.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@John Doe It's not even that much for the minor leaguers. $12k for AAA portion, $4k for AA, so they get $36k for some org filler. Free money is free money.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@Mlb GM Volquez was the worst full-time starter in baseball last year. The ONLY reason he's even on the big-league map is because of his breakout 2008, when he was the other end of the Josh Hamilton trade. Then injuries set in, it was revealed he was using PEDs, and he hasn't been able to get outs since. I mean, he gets outs SOMETIMES, but not before he's made sure the opposition has the lead. Seriously, no thanks on the Volquez end, and Morse is not someone I'm investing in, especially since he's a first baseman. He has no tools except raw power, but he hurts you big-time with his terrible defense, and he hasn't been good in a while. I'll take Chris Young over him any day.

stretm
stretm

@Mlb GM yeah volquez - the guy with an era 3 runs higher than colon


xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@Mlb GM Volquez has a 5.09 ERA over the last three seasons and has a 4.8 BB/9 rate in that span. No thanks.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@BringBackDaveTelghe Likely because he's 24 and still in AA. Although his numbers seem like he'd make for a decent swingman if you could use him for a year, but I think Torres is far superior.

sylow59
sylow59

@Bo Beck because you  can hide a flamethrower in the pen for a year while the coaches work with him.  It is much more difficult to hide a position player for a year unless there is a specific need.

John Doe
John Doe

So we should stop acquring pitchers because we have some, I am all for acquiring bats, but that doesn't mean you don't go after pitchers.

John Doe
John Doe

When has anyone on any planet, team, forum or anywhere said Kirk was a Future CF stud?  He got a look as maybe being servicable in one of the worst OFs ever fielded last year and that was about it.

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

@Zach Ripple @Mlb GM my point isn't just "volquez" its 10 million bucks.  With limited dollard the money could of been spent better imo

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

@stretm @Mlb GM hes ALOT younger, eats up innings also - and has better stuff, a real goot shot at having a good year.  As a stop gap measure to synderguard and Montero id rather roll the dice with volquex for 5 million and have money for more offence.

mingo
mingo

@oleosmirf @Bo Beck It wouldn't be a prospect since he is Rule 5. He would have to be on the Major League roster and a prospect wouldn't. We can't take this guy and ship him off to Binghampton to fill in for a prospect and we sure enough wouldn't select him simply to trade another prospect since we would have to keep him on the roster.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@mets1973 Agreed. Let's just hope they don't emulate some of his other habits. I'm not sure whoever stocks the clubhouse spread could handle that much work

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

@mets1973 the young guys we have throw strikes already,  Also 10 mill a year ugh couldn't we have taken that 10 mill and done something better?   

mets1973
mets1973

Yes, but Colon THROWS STRIKES. They hope that the young guys will take notice an emulate the practice.

stretm
stretm

@Mlb GM @stretm

colon 190 ip 2.65 era whip 1.17 war of 5.1

volquez - 170 ip 5.71 era 1.59 whip war of -2.4