Who Did The Yankees Lose in the 2013 Rule V Draft?
Last year, the Yankees laid low when the Rule V Draft came around, and that probably wasn’t one of their best decisions. They lost five players in the process, some of which could have made huge impacts during this past frustrating season. Let’s take a blast in the past and see who are the important players that the Yankees lost in 2013. Also, to help you better understand the Rule V Draft and how players are taken and possibly sent back to their original teams, or demoted, this is what MLB.com states in the following link.
1. Tommy Kahnle – Pitcher
With four out of five starting pitchers landing on the disabled list this past season, it looks like the Yankees could have used this right-hander. After going 1-3 with a 2.85 ERA for Double-A Trenton, the Rockies decided to jump the bandwagon and sign him. Although he has somewhat of a control problem, he didn’t too bad this season for the Rockies. He finished the year with a 2-1 record with a 4.19 ERA, and recorded 63 strikeouts.
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2. Mikey O’Brien – Pitcher
This righty was originally an eighth-round draft pick by the Yankees back in 2008. Last year, O’Brien was part of the Rule V Draft, but with Triple-A by Cincinnati. During the 2013 season, he posted a 7-8 record, and had a respectable 4.12 ERA with the Thunder. He spent a lot of time in Double-A this season, and went 4-5 with a 4.40 ERA. He spent his time between other Double-A organizations, but finally found a home with the Orioles on Nov. 20.
3. Felipe Gonzalez – Pitcher
Gonzalez pitched for five years in the Dominican Summer League before coming to the states in 2013. He was part of the Yankees(2) squad in 2013, in which he went 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA. During the Rule V Draft, Pittsburgh picked him up, and he spent time between Class-A West Virginia and Class-A Advanced Bradenton. That year, he went 3-4 with a 2.73 ERA.
4. Ravel Santana – Outfield
Although Santana was battling an ankle injury, he still was very much part of the Rule V Draft in the Triple-A process. He played 13 games for Tri-City Short-Season Class-A-New York-Penn League last season. He averaged out a .125 batting average, which included one run and eight RBI.
5. Kelvin Castro – Pitcher
Castro was just one of two players selected during the Double-A phase. He had been part of the Yankees farm system since 2006, playing outfield for the first six years, before finding his home on the mound. He spent a small amount of time with Miami, before they shortly released him. In 20 appearances between Staten Island and Charleston in 2013, Castro went 2-2 with a 3.21 ERA. This year, he only had one outing with the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Atlantic League. He allowed six runs in just 2 1/3 innings.