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Decision time: Which prospects got 40-man spots?

November 20, 2018

Decision time has come for all 30 Major League organizations in terms of what to do with their 40-man rosters. Space was limited, so not all prospects were able to find a home on a roster when the deadline passed on Tuesday night.Those Minor Leaguers who were not put on

Decision time has come for all 30 Major League organizations in terms of what to do with their 40-man rosters. Space was limited, so not all prospects were able to find a home on a roster when the deadline passed on Tuesday night.
Those Minor Leaguers who were not put on a 40-man roster are now eligible to be taken by the other 29 teams in the Rule 5 Draft, which will take place at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, on Thursday, Dec. 13.
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 2014 -- assuming he was 18 or younger as of June 5 of that year -- has to be protected. A college player taken in the 2015 Draft is in the same position.
There were just eight players on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list who need to be protected or become exposed to the Rule 5 Draft. All of them were added to their organization's respective rosters.
16. Mitch Keller, RHP, PIT
*25. Dylan Cease, RHP, CWS
*33. Jesus Sanchez, OF, TB
*35. Chris Paddack,RHP, SD
*39. Keibert Ruiz, C, LAD
*64. Adonis Medina, RHP, PHI
*67. Franklin Perez, RHP, DET
*69. Michael Chavis, 3B, BOS
Indicates that a player has been added to his team's 40-man roster.
That's nothing new, as Top 100 prospects tend to get protected. Over the past four seasons (2017: 8; 2016: 12; 2015: 11), all 39 Top 100 prospects got roster spots when eligible.
There were obviously many more Minor Leaguers under consideration. There were 149 prospects on organizational Top 30 lists hoping to get added to a 40-man roster, and a total of 71 (47.6 percent) were added to 40-man rosters.
That's down from last year, when there were 153, 85 of whom (55.6%) were protected. In 2016, there were 144 total, and 58% of them (84) 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 (5)

  1. Marcus Wilson, OF
    *11. Taylor Clarke, RHP
    *20. Kevin Cron, 1B
  2. Alex Young, LHP
  3. Cody Reed, LHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Joel Payamps, RHP
    Bo Takahashi, RHP
    Emilio Vargas, RHP
    Atlanta Braves (6)
    *20. Huascar Ynoa, RHP
    *21. Patrick Weigel, RHP
  4. Travis Demeritte, OF
    *27. Alex Jackson, C
  5. Josh Graham, RHP
    *29. Jacob Webb, RHP
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    Baltimore Orioles (2)
    *6. Dillon Tate, RHP
  6. Luis Gonzalez, LHP
    Boston Red Sox (8)
    *1. Michael Chavis, SS
    *7. Darwinzon Hernandez, LHP
  7. Josh Ockimey, 1B
    *15. Travis Lakins, RHP
  8. Jhonathan Diaz, LHP
  9. Roldani Baldwin, C
  10. Roniel Raudes, RHP
    *30. Denyi Reyes, RHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    LHP Josh Taylor
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    Chicago Cubs (4)
    *8. Justin Steele, LHP
  11. Trevor Clifton, RHP
  12. Jhonny Pereda, C
  13. Erling Moreno, RHP
    More »
    Chicago White Sox (5)
    *3. Dylan Cease, RHP
    *19. Kodi Medeiros, LHP
    *20. Jordan Stephens, RHP
    *22. Seby Zavala, C
  14. Spencer Adams, RHP
    More »
    Cincinnati Reds (2)
    *13. Jimmy Herget, RHP
  15. Michael Beltre, OF
    More »
    Cleveland Indians (3)
    *7. Bobby Bradley, 1B
    *8. Sam Hentges, LHP
  16. Oscar Gonzalez, OF
    Non-Top 30 Prospects added:
    Jean Carlos Mejia, RHP
    Tyler Krieger, SS
    Walker Lockett, RHP
    More »
    Colorado Rockies (7)
    *9. Sam Hilliard, OF
    *10. Ryan Castellani, RHP
    *17. Justin Lawrence, RHP
  17. Breiling Eusebio, LHP
  18. Roberto Ramos, 1B
  19. Brian Mundell, 1B
  20. Dom Nunez, C
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Josh Fuentes, 3B
    More »
    Detroit Tigers (4)
    *3. Franklin Perez, RHP
  21. Jose Azocar, OF
  22. Tyler Alexander, LHP
  23. Derek Hill, CF
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    Houston Astros (4)
    *12. Rogelio Armenteros, RHP
    *15. Garrett Stubbs, C
  24. Riley Ferrell, RHP
  25. Jonathan Arauz, SS
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Bryan Abreu, RHP
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    Kansas City Royals (6)
    *11. Josh Staumont, RHP
  26. Elvis Luciano, RHP
    *26. Scott Blewett, RHP
  27. D.J. Burt, SS
  28. Foster Griffin, LHP
  29. Ofreidy Gomez, RHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Arnaldo Hernandez, RHP
    More »
    Los Angeles Angels (5)
    *8. Jose Suarez, LHP
    *10. Luis Rengifo, IF
  30. Leonardo Rivas, SS
  31. Luis Pena, RHP
  32. Joe Gatto, RHP
    Non-Top 30 Prospects added:
    Luis Madero, RHP
    More »
    Los Angeles Dodgers (7)
    *2. Keibert Ruiz, C
    *10. Yadier Alvarez, RHP
    *13. Edwin Rios, 1B
  33. Drew Jackson, SS
    *21. Matt Beaty, 1B/3B
  34. Cristian Santana, SS
  35. Andrew Sopko, RHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Josh Sborz, RHP
    More »
    Miami Marlins (7)
    *2. Monte Harrison, CF
    *6. Jorge Guzman, RHP
    *9. Isan Diaz, SS
    *17. Jordan Yamamoto, RHP
  36. Christopher Torres, SS
  37. Brayan Hernandez, CF
  38. McKenzie Mills, LHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    RHP Jordan Holloway
    RHP Kyle Keller
    LHP Jose Quijada
    More »
    Milwaukee Brewers (5)
  39. Jake Gatewood, 1B
    *13. Trey Supak, RHP
    *15. Troy Stokes Jr., CF
  40. Cody Ponce, RHP
  41. Carlos Herrera, RHP
    More »
    Minnesota Twins (5)
    *4. Nick Gordon, SS
    *13. LaMonte Wade, OF
    *15. Luis Arraez, 2B
  42. Lewin Diaz, RF
  43. Tyler Jay, LHP
    More »
    New York Mets (4)
  44. Luis Carpio, SS
  45. David Thompson, 3B
  46. Ali Sanchez, C
  47. Patrick Mazeika, C
    New York Yankees (1)
  48. Dermis Garcia, 1B/3B
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Joe Harvey, RHP
    Oakland A's (5)
    *9. James Kaprielian, RHP
  49. Richie Martin, SS
    *15. Grant Holmes, RHP
  50. James Naile, RHP
    *30. Skye Bolt, CF
    Non-Top 30 Prospects added:
    Luis Barrera, OF
    Tanner Anderson, RHP
    More »
    Philadelphia Phillies (5)
    *3. Adonis Medina, RHP
    *11. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS
  51. Daniel Brito, SS
  52. Jose Gomez, SS
  53. Tom Eshelman, RHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    RHP Edgar Garcia
    More »
    Pittsburgh Pirates (6)
    *1. Mitch Keller, RHP
    *5. Cole Tucker, SS
    *13. Jason Martin, CF
  54. Gage Hinsz, RHP
  55. Brandon Waddell, LHP
  56. Domingo Robles, LHP
    Non-Top 30 Prospects added:
    J.T. Brubaker, RHP
    More »
    San Diego Padres (5)
    *5. Chris Paddack, RHP
    *12. Anderson Espinoza, RHP
    *25. Austin Allen, C
    *28. Edward Olivares, OF
    *29. Pedro Avila, RHP
    Non-Top 30 Prospects added:
    Ty France, 3B
    Gerardo Reyes, RHP
    Jason Vosler, SS
    More »
    San Francisco Giants (7)
  57. Sandro Fabian, OF
    *11. Logan Webb, RHP
  58. Juan De Paula, RHP
    *19. Melvin Adon, RHP
  59. Jordan Johnson, RHP
  60. C.J. Hinojosa, SS/2B
    *30. Sam Coonrod, RHP
    More »
    Seattle Mariners (9)
    *6. Braden Bishop, OF
    *9. Erik Swanson, RHP
  61. Art Warren, RHP
  62. Rob Whalen, RHP
  63. Ian Miller, OF
  64. Anthony Jimenez, OF
  65. Luis Liberato, OF
  66. Ronald Rosario, OF
  67. Anthony Misiewicz, LHP
    More »
    St. Louis Cardinals (6)
    *4. Ryan Helsley, RHP
  68. Max Schrock, 2B
    *13. Genesis Cabrera, LHP
  69. Junior Fernandez, RHP
    *20. Ramon Urias, INF
  70. Wadye Ynfante, OF
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Lane Thomas, OF
    More »
    Tampa Bay Rays (3)
    *4. Jesus Sanchez
    *17. Joe McCarthy, OF/1B
    *29. Ian Gibaut, RHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Kyle Bird, LHP
    Brock Burke, LHP
    More »
    Texas Rangers (4)
    *6. Taylor Hearn, LHP
  71. Pedro Gonzalez, OF
    *22. Scott Heineman, OF
  72. Edgar Arredondo, RHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Wei-Chieh Huang, RHP
    More »
    Toronto Blue Jays (4)
    *11. Hector Perez, RHP
    *22. Trent Thornton, RHP
  73. Forrest Wall, OF
  74. Jordan Romano, RHP
    Non-Top 30 prospects added:
    Yennsy Diaz, RHP
    Patrick Murphy, RHP
    Jacob Waguespack, RHP
    More »
    Washington Nationals (5)
  75. Telmito Agustin, OF
    *17. James Bourque, RHP
  76. Tomas Alastre, RHP
  77. Jose Marmolejos, 1B/OF
  78. Drew Ward, 3B/1B
    More »

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