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Teams set 40-man rosters ahead of Rule 5 Draft

November 20, 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

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'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. Gleyber Torres, SS, Yankees
*4. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox
*11. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Rays
*16. Austin Meadows, OF, Pirates
*63. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Twins
*72. Jake Bauers, OF/1B, Rays
*86. Tyler O'Neill, 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)

  1. Brad Keller, RHP
    *17. Jared Miller, LHP
  2. Victor Reyes, OF
  3. Jose Almonte, RHP
    Atlanta Braves (3)
  4. Travis Demeritte, 2B/3B
  5. Dustin Peterson, OF
    *23. Ricardo Sanchez, LHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Grant Dayton, LHP
    Adam McCreery, LHP
    Baltimore Orioles (4)
    *7. Hunter Harvey, RHP
  6. Randolph Gassaway, OF
    *28. David Hess, RHP
  7. John Means, LHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Austin Wynns, C
    Boston Red Sox (7)
    *16. Jalen Beeks, LHP
    *20. Williams Jerez, LHP
    *21. Chandler Shepherd, RHP
  8. Jake Cosart, RHP
  9. Kyle Martin, RHP
  10. Hildemaro Requena, RHP
  11. Jhonathan Diaz, LHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Ty Buttrey, RHP
    Chicago Cubs (7)
    *1. Oscar De La Cruz, RHP
    *3. Adbert Alzolay, RHP
  12. Trevor Clifton, RHP
  13. Chesny Young, 2B/SS/OF
  14. Charcer Burks, OF
  15. Erling Moreno, RHP
  16. Jose Paulino, LHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Matt Carasiti, RHP
    David Bote, INF
    Chicago White Sox (7)
    *1. Eloy Jimenez, OF
    *11. Casey Gillaspie, 1B
    *14. Micker Adolfo, OF
    *17. Luis Alexander Basabe, OF
  17. Jordan Guerrero, LHP
    *22. Ian Clarkin, LHP
  18. Luis Martinez, RHP
    Cincinnati Reds (6)
    *7. Shed Long, 2B
    20, Gavin LaValley, 1B
    *22. Jose Siri, OF
    *25. Alex Blandino, 2B/SS
  19. Nick Longhi, 1B/OF
  20. 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:
    Eric Haase, C
    Eric Stamets, INF
    Colorado Rockies (5)
    *12. Sam Howard, LHP
  21. Dom Nunez, C
  22. James Farris, RHP
  23. Harrison Musgrave, LHP
    *28. Noel Cuevas, 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
  24. Jose Azocar, OF
    *24. Sergio Alcantara, SS
    *25. Gerson Moreno, RHP
  25. 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
  26. Jason Martin, OF
    *26. Dean Deetz, RHP
    Kansas City Royals (3)
  27. Ryan O'Hearn, 1B
    *17. Meibrys Viloria, C
  28. 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. Jesus Castillo, RHP
    *21. Jake Jewell, RHP
  29. Osmer Morales, RHP
  30. Damien Magnifico, RHP
    Los Angeles Dodgers (2)
    *12. Dennis Santana, RHP
    *14. Trevor Oaks, RHP
    Miami Marlins (7)
    *6. Merandy Gonzalez, RHP
  31. Jeff Brigham, RHP
    *22. Pablo Lopez, RHP
  32. Ricardo Cespedes, OF
  33. Isael Soto, OF
    *25. Caleb Smith, LHP
  34. John Norwood, OF
  35. Austin Dean, OF
    Non-Top 30 prospect added:
    Miguel Del Pozo, LHP
    Garrett Cooper, INF
    Braxton Lee, OF
    James Needy, RHP
    Milwaukee Brewers (4)
    *9. Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B
    *11. Freddy Peralta, RHP
    *15. Marcos Diplan, RHP
    *19. Jacob Nottingham, C/1B
    Minnesota Twins (7)
    *3. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP
  36. Kohl Stewart, RHP
  37. Lewin Diaz, 1B
    *15. Lewis Thorpe, LHP
    *16. Zack Littell, RHP
  38. Jake Reed, RHP
  39. Nick Burdi, RHP
    New York Mets (7)
    *11. Luis Guillorme, SS
  40. Wuilmer Becerra, OF
  41. Jhoan Urena, 3B
  42. Luis Carpio, SS
  43. Ali Sanchez, C
    *27. Corey Oswalt, RHP
    *30. Gerson Bautista, RHP
    Non-Top 30 prospect added:
    Tyler Bashlor, RHP
    New York Yankees (6)
    *1. Gleyber Torres, INF
    *6. Domingo Acevedo, RHP
    *7. Albert Abreu, RHP
    *17. Thairo Estrada, SS/2B
    *18. Jake Cave, OF
    *23. Billy McKinney, OF/1B
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP
    Oakland A's (4)
    *4. Jorge Mateo, SS/OF
    *13. Yairo Munoz, INF/OF
    *18. Ramon Laureano, OF
    *20. Heath Fillmyer, RHP
  44. Casey Meisner, RHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Lou Trivino, RHP
    Philadelphia Phillies (5)
    *7. Franklyn Kilome, RHP
    *14. Ranger Suarez, LHP
  45. Jose Gomez, INF
  46. 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
  47. Yeudy Garcia, RHP
  48. Tyler Eppler, RHP
    *29. Dario Agrazal, RHP
  49. Adrian Valerio, SS
    San Diego Padres (0)
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Jose Castillo, LHP
    Brad Wieck, LHP
    San Francisco Giants (5)
    *3. Tyler Beede, RHP
    *8. Aramis Garcia, C/1B
  50. Sam Coonrod, RHP
  51. Jordan Johnson, RHP
  52. Kelvin Beltre, 2B
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Tyler Herb RHP
    D.J. Snelten LHP
    Seattle Mariners (5)
  53. Luis Liberato, OF
  54. Anthony Jimenez, OF
  55. Greifer Andrade, OF
  56. Ian Miller, OF
  57. 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. Justin Williams, OF
    *19. Yonny Chrinos, RHP
    *23. Ryan Yarbrough, LHP
  58. 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
  59. Michael De Leon, SS
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Isiah Kiner-Falefa, INF
    Ronald Herrera, RHP
    Toronto Blue Jays (9)
  60. Max Pentecost, C/1B
    *11. Conner Greene, RHP
    *12. Rowdy Tellez, 1B
    *17. Danny Jansen, C
  61. Jordan Romano, RHP
    *21. Thomas Pannone, LHP
  62. Francisco Rios, RHP
  63. Patrick Murphy, RHP
  64. Angel Perdomo, LHP
    Non-Top 30 prospect added:
    Reese McGuire, C
    Washington Nationals (4)
    *12. Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B
  65. Drew Ward, 3B
  66. Taylor Gushue, C
  67. Osvaldo Abreu, SS/2B
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Wander Suero, RHP
    Jefry Rodriguez, RHP

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