Washington Nationals Rule V Draft results
Major League Baseball’s Rule V Draft was held today. Washington had no selections in the Major League phase of the draft due to the fact they have a full 40 man roster. The Nats did lose one prospect, but gained two players in the Triple AAA phase of the Draft.
For background purposes, for the MLB phase, eligible players can be selected and placed on the 25-man roster for a $50,000 fee. In the Triple-A and Double-A phases, players can be selected for a fee if they are not on the protected list, but in this phase, they do not need to go to the 25-man roster.
Here is movement for the Washington Nationals.
C Adrian Neito was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the major league phase of the Rule V Draft. Nieto was selected by the Nationals in the fifth-round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Nieto had one of his better minor league seasons in 2013, batting .285 and adding a .373 on base percentage and a .449 slugging percentage. Nieto was among the system leaders with 29 doubles and hit 11 homers with 53 RBIs at Class A Potomac in 2013. The Nationals liked Nieot and were impressed, but Jhonatan Solano and Sandy Leon are ahead of Nieto in the minor league system. Nats also have prospects Erick Fernandez, Spencer Kieboom, and Craig Manuel in the system that are highly regarded.
The White Sox will pay the Nationals $50,000 for the pick. Nieto must stay on Chicago’s 25-man roster for the entirety of the 2014 season, or else he must be offered back to the Nats for $25,000.
In the Triple A Phase of the Rule V Draft, the Nats selected OF Theodis Bowe from the Reds. Bowe was selected by the Reds in the 2008 MLB Draft and has been in the Reds system since then. Bowe played in 99 games last season for AA Pensacola and batted .206 with 4 homers, 16 RBIs and swiped 13 bases. Two season ago Bowe batted .290 with a .371 on-base percentage and stole 70 bases. Bowe provides some minor league depth in the outfield and provides speed ont he base paths, helping replace OF Billy Burns, who was traded yesterday to Oakland for reliever Jerry Blevin. Bowe provides depth in the fact he plays all three outfield positions.
The Nationals also selected P Martines Arias in the AAA Phase. Arias is a tall 6’7″ undrafted prospect out of the Dominican Republic. The 23-year-old has been assigned to the Mets rookie league at Kingsport (Tenn.) Last season was an off-year for Arias, as he posted a 1-7 record with an unimpressive 5.81 ERA in 12 games, including 11 starts. I suspect the Nats will use Arias as a reliever.