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The Winter Meetings is coming to an end and one of the final events of the meetings is the Rule 5 draft. It is set to begin in about a minute, and if the Tiwns lose any players or add any players, I will be posting here. The Twins have 37 on their 40 man roster, so if they choose to be, they could be active.
- Twins selected Scott Diamond, a left-handed pitcher from the Atlanta Braves organization. He began 2010 in AA Mississippi where he went 4-6 with a 3.52 ERA in 17 starts. In 102.1 innings, he gave up 113 hits, walked 39 and struck out 90. He moved up to AAA Gwinnett where he made ten starts and went 4-1 with a 3.36 ERA. In 56.1 innings, he gave up 53 hits, walked 15 and struck out 33.
- No Twins players were taken in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft. Kyle Waldrop, Steve Singleton and others that were eligible will be back with the organization. Only 19 players were drafted.
- Teams can have 38 players on their AAA rosters. The Twins have 37, so they could make one pick. Note that these players do not have to be AAA players. Typically they are from A or AA rosters.
- Michael Allen split time between AA New Britain and Hi-A Ft. Myers in 2010. He has a great arm, but really struggled. In 2009, he had a 50 game suspension. The Nationals took him in the AAA portion of the Rule 5 draft.
- Jean Mijares, who pitched for the Elizabethton Twins, was lost (I didn’t catch the team live). Pitched well after a slow start. No relation to Jose Mijares. Jean is small and very skinny.
- Eliecer Cardenas was taken by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the Rule 5 draft. This one kind of hurts. Saw him pitch at Beloit. Throws hard, good slider.
- 24 total players were drafted in the AAA portion of the Rule 5 draft, the AA portion starts right away and usually goes quite quickly.
- The Twins did not make a selection in the AA portion. Only four players were selected.
There will be more on these players at SethSpeaks.net. Any thoughts?