Sattler, Rasner selected in Rule 5 Draft
I still have been unable to stay at the Winter Meetings long enough to witness a Rule 5 Draft, as this year my 6 AM flight home was cause to keep me away. The list is out, and only two former LumberKings were taken.
Right-hander Daniel Sattler (’07) was chosen off the Oakland roster by the Los Angeles Angels in the triple-A phase of the draft. Sattler, a 44th round pick by the Texas Rangers in 2006 out of Purdue, went 0-0 with a 0.90 ERA and three saves in 13 appearances with the LumberKings in 2007. He found his way to the Athletics’ system after getting released sometime prior to 2009 and was 1-2 with a 4.17 ERA in 33 appearances at double-A Midland last year. Sattler has struck out 167 batters over 162 career innings and carries a career opponent average of .246, it will be interesting to see what the Angels get from him at Salt Lake.
Right-hander Jake Rasner (’06, pictured), who was traded by the Rangers to the Chicago White Sox as part of the Brandon McCarthy deal in 2006, was selected by Baltimore in the double-A phase this morning. Rasner, a seventh-round pick out of high school in 2005, has always had promise with little statistical results. I witnessed his first full season in Clinton in 2006, a year that featured a near no-hitter at Wisconsin (the infamous Curtis Ledbetter walk-off homer to end the no-hit bit and hand us a 1-0 loss) and a solid 117 strikeouts in 144 innings, but also saw him go 6-16 with a 5.41 ERA. Those 16 losses are still a franchise record (although the six wins also led the club that year), but it’s not like Rasner was the only one struggling. Fellow prospects Zach Phillips, Omar Poveda and Michael Kirkman all had unremarkable stats in the instantly-forgettable ’06 season.
Rasner went a combined 2-8 between high-A Winston-Salem and double-A Birmingham last season, logging a mid-5.00 ERA. That’s about on par with his 25-54, 5.43 ERA career numbers. Maybe the change of scenery with the Orioles will do him good.
The Mariners had the #2 pick in the Major League phase of the draft and chose right-hander Jose Flores, a Cleveland prospect and former member of the 2010 Midwest League Champion Lake County Captains. That’s right…the same Jose Flores that allowed Clinton’s eight-inning comeback in Game 4 of the MWLCS. Flores, despite being listed as a member of triple-A Columbus on the “2010 Club” column of the draft list, did spend all of last year with the Captains, going 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA and six saves in seven opportunities over 28 regular-season relief outings. Remember, because the Mariners chose him in the Major League phase, he’s got to make the Seattle 25-man roster and stay there all year, otherwise he’ll be offered back to the Indians at half the $50,000 claiming fee. The Mariners are rebuilding, yes, but it might be a leap to see Flores at the big leagues all year.
Check out the rest of the Rule 5 selections here: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/minorleagues/rule_5.jsp?season=2010
Now, I’m going back to sleep. Plenty more on the 2010 Baseball Winter Meetings coming up tomorrow.