Every Rule 5 Draft pick in Angels history

December 11th, 2020

ANAHEIM -- The Rule 5 Draft can be a creative way for teams to add talent, as it was created to keep teams from hoarding players in the Minor Leagues. Eligible players must be protected by adding them to the 40-man roster ahead of the Draft.

Historically, stars such as Roberto Clemente, Johan Santana and Josh Hamilton have been Rule 5 selections, although finding that kind of talent can be difficult. The Angels haven’t had much success with the Rule 5 Draft but here’s a look at every Angels selection since 1970:

2020: Astros RHP -- Rivera has a fastball that has reached as high as 101 mph and the Angels are excited about getting a look at him in Spring Training of 2021.

2017: Twins RHP -- Bard has remained with the Angels and has posted a 5.05 ERA in 46 appearances over the last three seasons. He remains under team control through 2025.

2016: Red Sox RHP -- Haley was immediately traded after the Rule 5 Draft to the Padres for cash.

2015: Pirates RHP -- Guerra pitched two seasons with the Angels, posting a 3.68 ERA in 63 appearances. He had a 3.21 ERA in 44 appearances in his first year with the club.

2015: Orioles 1B -- Choi played 54 games with the Angels, batting .170/.271/.339 with five homers and 12 RBIs. He's now with the Rays and played in the 2020 World Series.

2001: Mariners LHP -- He was sold to the Rays four days after the Rule 5 Draft.

2000: Blue Jays LHP Rendy Espina -- Never reached the Majors and was returned to the Blue Jays the following April.

1999: Phillies RHP -- Turnbow pitched three seasons with the Angels, posting a 3.17 ERA and was claimed off waivers by the Brewers before the 2005 season. He was an All-Star with Milwaukee in 2006.

1994: Expos SS Tomás Pérez -- Pérez was sold to the Blue Jays immediately after the draft.

1991: Phillies RHP David Holdridge -- Holdridge never reached the Majors with the Angels. He later pitched one season with Seattle in 1998.

1991: Brewers LHP Tim Fortugno -- Fortugo posted a 5.18 ERA in 41 2/3 innings as a rookie for the Angels in 1992. His most memorable moment was giving up the 3,000th career hit to Hall of Famer George Brett before promptly picking him off at first base.

1987: Blue Jays RHP Joe Johnson -- Johnson never reached the Majors for the Angels but did spend the 1988 season in the organization at Triple-A Edmonton, going 11-11 with a 5.96 ERA in 27 starts.

1985: Reds RHP Carl Willis -- Willis was returned to the Reds in April and never pitched for the Angels. He went on to pitch parts of nine seasons in the Majors, helping the Twins to the World Series title in 1991.

1981: Padres 2B Jose Moreno -- Moreno played in 11 games with the Angels in 1982, going 0-for-3 at the plate and getting caught stealing twice.

1979: Mets RHP Alfredo Martinez -- Martinez, who also went by Freddie, went 7-9 with a 4.52 ERA in 149 1/3 innings as a rookie in 1980 and made two appearances in 1981, posting a 3.00 ERA.

1975: Tigers 1B Ed Kurpiel -- Kurpiel never reached the Majors and played 83 games with the club's Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake in 1976, batting .262 with five homers and 37 RBIs.

1973: White Sox C Tom Egan -- Egan hit .263 in 18 games as a rookie with the Angels in 1965 and was traded to the White Sox in 1970. The Angels then brought him back by selecting him in the 1973 Rule 5 Draft. He hit .186 with 10 homers and 48 RBIs in 238 games over eight seasons with the Angels. Egan notably caught Nolan Ryan's third career no-hitter on Sept. 28, 1974.

1972: Orioles RHP Terry Wilshusen -- Wilshusen made one appearance with the Angels on April 7, 1973, allowing three runs while recording just one out in a relief appearance. He was traded to the Reds on June 19 for outfielder Richie Scheinblum, who hit .328/.417/.428 in 77 games with the Angels that season.

1971: Dodgers LHP Bruce Ellingsen -- Ellingsen was returned to the Dodgers on April 3 and never pitched for the Angels. The Dodgers sent him to the Indians that same day in a lopsided deal that netted them future five-time All-Star Pedro Guerrero, as Ellingson pitched just one season in the Majors with Cleveland in 1974.

1971: Orioles C/OF Jim Hutto -- Hutto never reached the Majors with the Angels and was traded in June back to the Orioles for right-hander Dave Leonhard, who also never pitched for the Angels.