Teams set 40-man rosters ahead of Rule 5 Draft

November 20th, 2017

With only 40 spots on each organization's roster, there were some very tough decisions for teams to make this time of year as to which prospects to protect.

The deadline to make those choices has come and gone. Some players were protected with a coveted 40-man spot, while the others will be exposed to selection by the 29 other teams in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.

Players first signed at age 18 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 25-man 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 2013 -- assuming he was 18 or younger as of June 5 of that year -- has to be protected. A college player taken in the 2014 Draft is in the same position.

There were eight players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list who needed to be protected. All eight joined their organization's roster as the deadline passed.

Rank, Name, Position, Organization

*1. , SS, Yankees

4. , OF, White Sox

*11. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Rays

*16. Austin Meadows, OF, Pirates

*63. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Twins

*72. , OF/1B, Rays

*86. , OF, Cardinals

*97. Jorge Mateo, SS/OF, A's

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

Last year, there were 12 Top 100 players who needed to be protected. In 2015, there were 11. And every one of those 23 players were added to 40-man rosters.

There are obviously many more Minor Leaguers under consideration. There were 153 prospects on organizational Top 30 lists hoping to get added to a 40-man roster. That's up from last year, when there were 144 hoping to be protected. A total of 85 of them (55.6%) were protected. That's down a touch from last year, when 58% (84 of 144) were protected. In 2015, 75 of 156 (48%) Top 30 prospects landed on rosters.

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, along with non-Top 30 prospects who were given coveted roster spots.

Arizona Diamondbacks (4)

12. Brad Keller, RHP

*17. Jared Miller, LHP

19. , OF

26. Jose Almonte, RHP

Atlanta Braves (3)

13. , 2B/3B

15. , OF

*23. , LHP

Non-Top 30 prospects added:

Grant Dayton, LHP

Adam McCreery, LHP

Baltimore Orioles (4)

*7. Hunter Harvey, RHP

19. Randolph Gassaway, OF

*28. David Hess, RHP

29. John Means, LHP

Non-Top 30 prospects added:

Austin Wynns, C

Boston Red Sox (7)

*16. Jalen Beeks, LHP

*20. , LHP

*21. Chandler Shepherd, RHP

24. Jake Cosart, RHP

25. , RHP

28. Hildemaro Requena, RHP

30. Jhonathan Diaz, LHP

Non-Top 30 prospects added:

Ty Buttrey, RHP

Chicago Cubs (7)

*1. Oscar De La Cruz, RHP

*3. Adbert Alzolay, RHP

9. Trevor Clifton, RHP

16. Chesny Young, 2B/SS/OF

22. Charcer Burks, OF

26. Erling Moreno, RHP

29. Jose Paulino, LHP

Non-Top 30 prospects added:

Matt Carasiti, RHP

David Bote, INF

Chicago White Sox (7)

*1. Eloy Jimenez, OF

*11. , 1B

*14. Micker Adolfo, OF

*17. , OF

21. Jordan Guerrero, LHP

*22. , LHP

29. , RHP

Cincinnati Reds (6)

*7. Shed Long, 2B

20, Gavin LaValley, 1B

*22. Jose Siri, OF

*25. Alex Blandino, 2B/SS

26. Nick Longhi, 1B/OF

28. Michael Beltre, OF

Non-Top 30 prospects added:

Jose Lopez, RHP

Jesus Reyes, RHP

Zack Weiss, RHP

Cleveland Indians (3)

*4. Yu-Cheng Chang, SS

*9. Willie Castro, SS

*12. Julian Merryweather, RHP

Non-Top 30 prospect added:

, C

, INF

Colorado Rockies (5)

*12. Sam Howard, LHP

15. Dom Nunez, C

21. , RHP

24. Harrison Musgrave, LHP

*28. , OF

Non-Top 30 prospect added:

Yonathan Daza OF

Chris Rabago C

Jesús Tinoco RHP

Detroit Tigers (7)

*10. Michael Gerber, OF

*12. Gregory Soto, LHP

21. Jose Azocar, OF

*24. , SS

*25. Gerson Moreno, RHP

26. Adam Ravenelle, RHP

*28. Spencer Turnbull, RHP

Non-Top 30 prospects added:

Grayson Greiner, C

Eduardo Jimenez, RHP

Gregory Soto, LHP

Ryan Carpenter, LHP

Houston Astros (4)

*7. Cionel Perez, LHP

16. Jason Martin, OF

*26. Dean Deetz, RHP

Kansas City Royals (3)

14. Ryan O'Hearn, 1B

*17. Meibrys Viloria, C

19. Marten Gasparini, OF

Non-Top 30 prospect added:

Tim Hill, LHP

Eric Stout, LHP

Los Angeles Angels (6)

*8. Jaime Barria, RHP

*12. Michael Hermosillo, OF

*14. , RHP

*21. Jake Jewell, RHP

27. Osmer Morales, RHP

30. , RHP

Los Angeles Dodgers (2)

*12. Dennis Santana, RHP

*14. Trevor Oaks, RHP

Miami Marlins (7)

*6. , RHP

10. Jeff Brigham, RHP

*22. , RHP

23. Ricardo Cespedes, OF

24. Isael Soto, OF

*25. Caleb Smith, LHP

26. John Norwood, OF

27. Austin Dean, OF

Non-Top 30 prospect added:

, LHP

Garrett Cooper, INF

Braxton Lee, OF

James Needy, RHP

Milwaukee Brewers (4)

*9. , SS/2B

*11. , RHP

*15. , RHP

*19. , C/1B

Minnesota Twins (7)

*3. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP

9. Kohl Stewart, RHP

10. Lewin Diaz, 1B

*15. Lewis Thorpe, LHP

*16. , RHP

23. Jake Reed, RHP

28. Nick Burdi, RHP

New York Mets (7)

*11. Luis Guillorme, SS

12. , OF

15. Jhoan Urena, 3B

17. Luis Carpio, SS

20. Ali Sanchez, C

*27. Corey Oswalt, RHP

*30. , RHP

Non-Top 30 prospect added:

Tyler Bashlor, RHP

New York Yankees (6)

*1. Gleyber Torres, INF

*6. Domingo Acevedo, RHP

*7. , RHP

*17. Thairo Estrada, SS/2B

*18. Jake Cave, OF

*23. , OF/1B

Non-Top 30 prospects added:

Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP

Oakland A's (4)

*4. Jorge Mateo, SS/OF

*13. , INF/OF

*18. Ramon Laureano, OF

*20. Heath Fillmyer, RHP

26. Casey Meisner, RHP

Non-Top 30 prospects added:

Lou Trivino, RHP

Philadelphia Phillies (5)

*7. Franklyn Kilome, RHP

*14. Ranger Suarez, LHP

16. Jose Gomez, INF

23. Carlos Tocci, OF

*28. Seranthony Dominguez, RHP

Non-Top 30 prospect added:

Jose Taveras, RHP

Pittsburgh Pirates (6)

*1. Austin Meadows, OF

*16. Luis Escobar, RHP

19. Yeudy Garcia, RHP

26. Tyler Eppler, RHP

*29. Dario Agrazal, RHP

30. Adrian Valerio, SS

San Diego Padres (0)

Non-Top 30 prospects added:

Jose Castillo, LHP

, LHP

San Francisco Giants (5)

*3. Tyler Beede, RHP

*8. Aramis Garcia, C/1B

20. Sam Coonrod, RHP

21. Jordan Johnson, RHP

24. Kelvin Beltre, 2B

Non-Top 30 prospects added:

Tyler Herb RHP

D.J. Snelten LHP

Seattle Mariners (5)

12. Luis Liberato, OF

13. Anthony Jimenez, OF

14. Greifer Andrade, OF

22. Ian Miller, OF

28. Chuck Taylor, OF

St. Louis Cardinals (3)

*4. Tyler O'Neill, OF

*15. Austin Gomber, LHP

*18. Oscar Mercado, OF

Non-Top 30 prospect added:

Derian Gonzalez, RHP

Tampa Bay Rays (6)

*1. Brent Honeywell, RHP

*5. Jake Bauers, OF/1B

*10. , OF

*19. Yonny Chrinos, RHP

*23. , LHP

25. Nick Cuiffo, C

Non-Top 30 prospect added:

Diego Castillo, RHP

Jose Mujica, RHP

Texas Rangers (6)

*9. Ariel Jurado, RHP

*10. Brett Martin, LHP

*12. Joe Palumbo, LHP

*13. Jose Trevino, C

*21. Jonathan Hernandez, RHP

28. Michael De Leon, SS

Non-Top 30 prospects added:

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, INF

, RHP

Toronto Blue Jays (9)

8. Max Pentecost, C/1B

*11. Conner Greene, RHP

*12. Rowdy Tellez, 1B

*17. Danny Jansen, C

19. Jordan Romano, RHP

*21. Thomas Pannone, LHP

23. Francisco Rios, RHP

24. Patrick Murphy, RHP

30. Angel Perdomo, LHP

Non-Top 30 prospect added:

Reese McGuire, C

Washington Nationals (4)

*12. Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B

18. Drew Ward, 3B

23. , C

26. Osvaldo Abreu, SS/2B

Non-Top 30 prospects added:

, RHP

Jefry Rodriguez, RHP