Yesterday morning was the annual Rule 5 draft which happens every Thursday morning during the Winter Meeting. The Astros had the first overall pick in the draft, but there was not one name that stood out from the others. The Astros were also expected to lose a few players in this year’s draft. With such great depth in the farm system, there was no way to protect all the prospects they liked.
Astros lost: Enderson Franco
On Wednesday, the Astros acquired Anthony Bass from the San Diego Padres in exchange for a PTBNL. The PTBNL ended up being Patrick Schuster. The Astros received the Padres pick in the draft as well, but chose to pass on the pick once their player was off the board. The Astros passed in the second round of the MLB portion of the draft as well.
In the Triple-A phase, the Astros selected two players, both from New York teams. Ravel Santana, 21, slashed .265/.365/.436 in 749 career at-bats in the minor leagues, none above Low-A ball for the Yankees farm system. His career has been derailed by injuries to this point, and he hasn’t played from 2013. Here’s what a PinStripe Alley had to say about him.
Ravel Santana was one of the Yankees’ more promising prospects at one time, but freak injuries derailed his career. He had a 172 wRC+ between the 2009 and 2010 seasons and became one of the organization’s top players until a severe ankle injury and a broken arm cost him a lot of playing time. Now 21, and having missed the entire 2013 season, Santana still has the potential to make it, though he has only reached Short Season-A. Hopefully he can overcome his surgically repaired ankle.
Ben Badler had some intriguing things to say about him in 2011.
He’s an advanced hitter for his age, has good plate discipline and shows above-average power. He has above-average speed and could play CF/RF. Even with success at the plate, Santana’s best tool is his plus-plus arm.
Carlos Vazquez was also selected in the Triple-A phase, and comes over from the New York Mets farm system. Vazquez, 22, has a 3.20 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 289.1 IP in 5 seasons around the Mets organization.
In the Double-A phase, the Astros selected Blaine Sims from the Atlanta Braves organization. Sims, 25, had an 8.44 ERA in 53.1 innings pitched in 2013. Sims is a knuckleballer, which makes him somewhat intriguing.
The Astros were expected to lose a few players, but ended up just losing one. Enderson Franco (who?), 20, has a career 4.57 ERA in 183 innings, none at any level above rookie ball. The Astros may have lucked out with teams passing on Carlos Perez, Jake Buchanan, and others.
Thursday was a solid day for the Astros, adding a few intriguing prospects without having to spend a single 40-man roster spot.