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Blue Jays take three in Triple-A phase of Rule 5 Draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Blue Jays passed on making a selection during the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

Toronto didn't have any open spots on its 40-man roster and therefore was unable to make a pick. The club also didn't lose any players during the Major League portion of the Draft.

The Blue Jays did make three selections in the Minor League section: Outfielder Sawyer Carroll, right-hander Alvido Jimenez and left-hander Efrain Nieves.

The 26-year-old Carroll has spent the past five seasons in the Padres' system. He hit .263 with eight homers and 56 RBIs while posting a .737 OPS in 112 games at Triple-A Tucson. He was originally selected in the third round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by San Diego.

"Going to miss all of my boys in the Padres organization but excited for a new opportunity with the Blue Jays," Carroll wrote on Twitter.

Jimenez, 21, was selected from the Cubs' organization. He went 3-4 with a 2.64 ERA while striking out 30 in 30 2/3 innings in the Rookie level Arizona League last season.

The 23-year-old Nieves went 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 42 innings in the New York-Penn League. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft but has yet to advance past Class A.

The Blue Jays lost only one player during the Minor League portion of the Draft. Third baseman Mark Sobolewski was selected by the Twins after a season in which he split time between Triple-A Las Vegas and Double-A New Hampshire. The 25-year-old is a career .263 hitter with 43 homers and 220 RBIs in parts of five seasons in the Minors.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB.
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