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40-man deadline: Which prospects made it?

November 23, 2020

All 30 Major League organizations had some serious decisions to make by Friday. They had until 6 p.m. ET to decide what they would do with their 40-man rosters. Some prospects have earned a coveted spot, some have not and will thus be eligible to be taken by the other

All 30 Major League organizations had some serious decisions to make by Friday.

They had until 6 p.m. ET to decide what they would do with their 40-man rosters. Some prospects have earned a coveted spot, some have not and will thus be eligible to be taken by the other 29 teams in the Rule 5 Draft, which will take place on Dec. 10.

Players first signed at age 18 or younger must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $100,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. If that player doesn't stay on the MLB roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $50,000.

For this year, that means an international or high school Draft pick signed in 2016 -- assuming he was 18 or younger as of June 5 of that year -- had to be protected. A college player taken in the 2017 Draft were in the same position.

There were seven players on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list who needed to be protected or become exposed to the Rule 5 Draft.

+ 17) Forrest Whitley, RHP (Astros)
+ 20) Matt Manning, RHP (Tigers)
+ 38) Nolan Jones, 3B (Indians)
+ 51) Taylor Trammell, OF (Mariners)
+ 73) Brandon Marsh, OF (Angels)
+ 79) Geraldo Perdomo, SS (D-backs)
+ 81) Jordan Balazovic, RHP (Twins)

+ Indicates that a player has been added to his team's 40-man roster

Over the past six seasons, all 59 Top 100 prospects who were eligible got roster spots.

2020: 7
2019
: 13
2018
: 8
2017
: 8
2016
: 12
2015
: 11

Obviously, many more players than the handful of Top 100 prospects listed above are eligible to be added to their team’s 40-man roster. There were more than 1,800 players who were eligible this year, including 174 ranked among their team's Top 30 prospects -- a significant increase over the past several years:

2020: 86 of 174 (49.4 percent)
2019: 87 of 149 (58.3 percent)
2018: 71 of 149 (47.6 percent)
2017: 85 of 153 (55.6 percent)
2016: 84 of 144 (58.0 percent)
2015: 75 of 156 (48.0 percent)

Here's a list of all 30 teams' Top 30 prospects who needed to be protected to avoid being exposed to the Rule 5 Draft:

Arizona Diamondbacks:
+ 3) Geraldo Perdomo, SS
+ 8) Luis Frias, RHP
+ 10) J.B. Bukauskas, RHP
+ 13) Stuart Fairchild, OF

Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Rogelio Armenteros, RHP
Matt Peacock, RHP

Atlanta Braves:
+ 6) Kyle Muller, LHP
25) Thomas Burrows, LHP

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Jack Mayfield, 2B

Baltimore Orioles:
+ 8) Yusniel Diaz, OF
+ 9) Michael Baumann, RHP
+ 11) Zac Lowther, LHP
+ 19) Alexander Wells, LHP
+ 25) Rylan Bannon, 2B/3B

26) Cody Sedlock, RHP
27) Brenan Hanifee, RHP

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Isaac Mattson, RHP

Boston Red Sox:
+ 4) Bryan Mata, RHP
+ 7) Jay Groome, LHP
+ 16) Jeisson Rosario, OF
+ 19) Connor Wong, C/2B/3B
+ 20) Hudson Potts, 3B/2B
+ 23) Connor Seabold, RHP

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Eduard Bazardo, RHP

Chicago Cubs:
+ 11) Christopher Morel, 3B
+ 12) Cory Abbott, RHP
+ 26) Keegan Thompson, RHP

30) Brendon Little, LHP

Chicago White Sox:
+ 10) Gavin Sheets, 1B
+ 14) Jake Burger, 3B
+ 24) Tyler Johnson, RHP

25) Lenyn Sosa, SS
28) Luis Mieses, OF
29) Will Kincanon, RHP

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Emilio Vargas, RHP

Cincinnati Reds:
+ 16) Riley O'Brien, RHP
+ 17) Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP

18) Jacob Heatherly, LHP
19) Alfredo Rodriguez, SS
20) TJ Friedl, OF
23) Joel Kuhnel, RHP
24) Mariel Bautista, OF
+ 28) Jared Solomon, RHP

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Brandon Bailey, RHP

Cleveland Indians:
+ 1) Nolan Jones, 3B
+ 6) Gabriel Arias, SS
+ 22) Carlos Vargas, RHP

25) Luis Oviedo, RHP
30) Will Benson, OF

Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Ernie Clement, INF
Eli Morgan, RHP

Colorado Rockies:
+ 7) Colton Welker, 3B
+ 15) Helcris Olivarez, LHP

19) Daniel Montano, OF
26) Riley Pint, RHP
30) Ever Moya, LHP

Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Bret Boswell, INF/OF
Lucas Gilbreath, LHP

Detroit Tigers:
+ 3) Matt Manning, RHP
+ 9) Joey Wentz, LHP
+ 10) Alex Faedo, RHP

16) Wenceel Perez, SS
30) Elvin Rodriguez, RHP

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Alex Lange, RHP

Houston Astros:
+ 1) Forrest Whitley, RHP
+ 2) Freudis Nova, INF
+ 8) Jairo Solis, RHP
+ 12) Tyler Ivey, RHP

14) Jose Alberto Rivera, RHP
19) Luis Santana, 2B/3B
+ 27) Peter Solomon, RHP
29) Ronnie Dawson, OF
30) J.J. Matijevic, 1B/OF

Kansas City Royals:
+ 8) Khalil Lee, OF
14) Seuly Matias, OF
18) Brewer Hicklen, OF
+ 22) Daniel Tillo, LHP
24) Yefri Del Rosario, RHP

Non-Top-30 prospects added:
Sebastian Rivero, C
Angel Zerpa, LHP

Los Angeles Angels:
+ 1) Brandon Marsh, OF
+ 6) Chris Rodriguez, RHP

12) Packy Naughton, LHP
13) Jose Soriano, RHP
17) Oliver Ortega, RHP
19) Livan Soto, SS
23) Orlando Martinez, OF
24) Kevin Maitan, 3B/SS/2B
26) Leonardo Rivas, SS

Los Angeles Dodgers:
+ 16) Gerardo Carrillo, RHP
21) Omar Estevez, 2B/SS
+ 22) Edwin Uceta, RHP
27) Brett de Geus, RHP
+ 28) Andre Jackson, RHP
30) Cody Thomas, OF

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Zach Reks, OF

Miami Marlins:
+ 13) Jose Devers, SS
+ 17) Jerar Encarnacion, OF

Milwaukee Brewers:
+ 4) Mario Feliciano, C
14) Zack Brown, RHP
15) Payton Henry, C
+ 24) Alec Bettinger, RHP
+ 25) Dylan File, RHP

28) Lucas Erceg, 3B/1B
29) Pablo Abreu, OF

Minnesota Twins:
+ 4) Jordan Balazovic, RHP
9) Wander Javier, SS
13) Akil Baddoo, OF
22) Jose Miranda, INF
25) Yunior Severino, 2B
+ 27) Benjamin Rortvedt, C
30) Gabriel Maciel, OF

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Bailey Ober, RHP

New York Mets:
14) Shervyen Newton, INF
18) Dedniel Nunez, RHP
22) Michel Otanez, RHP
27) Tony Dibrell, RHP
29) Daison Acosta, RHP
30) Luis Carpio, INF

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Sam McWilliams, RHP

New York Yankees:
+ 4) Oswald Peraza, SS
+ 8) Alexander Vizcaino, RHP
+ 9) Yoendrys Gomez, RHP
+ 19) Roansy Contreras, RHP

24) Trevor Stephan, RHP

Oakland Athletics:
12) Jordan Diaz, 3B
+ 13) Greg Deichmann, OF
18) Lazaro Armenteros, OF
23) Buddy Reed, OF
24) Brian Howard, RHP
+ 25) Miguel Romero, RHP
26) Parker Dunshee, RHP

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Wandisson Charles, RHP

Philadelphia Phillies:
+ 4) Francisco Morales, RHP
9) Enyel De Los Santos, RHP
+ 11) Simon Muzziotti, OF
+ 13) Nick Maton, SS
+ 15) Damon Jones, LHP

19) Jhailyn Ortiz, OF
20) Rodolfo Duran, C
21) David Parkinson, LHP
26) Arquimedes Gamboa, SS
+ 27) Kyle Dohy, LHP
29) Daniel Brito, 2B

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Bailey Falter, LHP

Pittsburgh Pirates:
19) Santiago Florez, RHP
21) Kevin Kramer, 2B
23) Lolo Sanchez, OF
+ 24) Max Kranick, RHP
+ 26) Rodolfo Castro, INF

30) Travis MacGregor, RHP

San Diego Padres:
+ 8) Tucupita Marcano, INF
+ 10) Reggie Lawson, RHP

17) Tirso Ornelas, OF
19) Esteury Ruiz, 2B
23) Lake Bachar, RHP
26) Pedro Avila, RHP
28) Eguy Rosario, INF
29) Jordy Barley, SS

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Mason Thompson, RHP

San Francisco Giants:
+ 7) Alexander Canario, OF
+ 17) Gregory Santos, RHP
+ 25) Camilo Doval, RHP

Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Kervin Castro, RHP
Jason Vosler, INF

Seattle Mariners:
+ 5) Taylor Trammell, OF
+ 14) Juan Then, RHP
+ 20) Sam Delaplane, RHP

21) Joe Rizzo, 3B
+ 23) Wyatt Mills, RHP

St. Louis Cardinals:
+ 4) Ivan Herrera, C
+ 13) Angel Rondon, RHP
15) Julio Rodriguez, C
24) Juan Yepez, OF/1B/3B
27) Roel Ramirez, RHP
30) Alvaro Seijas, RHP

Tampa Bay Rays:
+ 10) Josh Lowe, OF
15) Moises Gomez, OF
+ 17) Taylor Walls, SS
24) Paul Campbell, RHP

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Drew Strotman, RHP

Texas Rangers:
+ 14) David Garcia, C
+ 20) Yerry Rodriguez, RHP
+ 21) A.J. Alexy, RHP

Toronto Blue Jays:
+ 8) Gabriel Moreno, C
+ 13) Otto Lopez, SS/2B

19) Kevin Smith, SS/3B
+ 22) Riley Adams, C
26) Josh Winckowski, RHP
30) Chavez Young, OF

Washington Nationals:
+ 12) Yasel Antuna, SS/3B
14) Israel Pineda, C
+ 16) Joan Adon, RHP
24) Sterling Sharp, RHP
27) Raudy Read, C
28) Cole Freeman, OF/2B
29) Nick Banks, OF

Non-Top 30 prospect added:
Sam Clay, LHP