MLB Rule 5 Draft results 2020: Complete list of selections
Just as quietly as the 2020 baseball Winter Meetings have come and gone, the Rule 5 Draft did the same.
Largely uneventful year in and year out, the Rule 5 Draft typically is an overlooked part of the MLB calendar and this year it’s no different. With an exorbitantly slow offseason and Winter Meetings strictly digital this year, there’s even less of a buzz than usual.
In all, there were 16 selections in the first round of this year’s Rule 5 draft, in line with what we saw in 2019. So there wasn’t really much out of the ordinary, despite the oddness that we had in, well, all the rest of the 2020 season.
Here’s what you need to know about this year’s Rule 5 Draft, with results below:
What is the Rule 5 Draft?
There’s a bit of technical stuff that goes into the Rule 5 draft, but the gist is this: Players in a minor league system who are not placed on a team’s 40-man roster are eligible to be drafted by another team with a few qualifications:
— Players who signed with their current club at age 18 or younger and have five years of experience are eligible to be drafted if they aren’t on the 40-man roster.
— Players who are 19 or older and have four years of experience are eligible, as well.
Once a player is drafted, the team drafting the player must pay $100,000 to the club from which the player is drafted. The selected player must stay on a team’s 25-man roster for a year. If not, he reverts back to his original squad for $50,000.
When is the 2020 Rule 5 Draft?
The Rule 5 Draft occurs on the last day of MLB’s Winter Meetings. This year, that’s Dec. 10.
MLB Rule 5 Draft 2020 results
Teams indicated with “N/A” chose not to make a slection in this year’s Rule 5 Draft.
In Round 2 of the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, the Orioles selected RHP Tyler Wills (Minnesota) and the Athletics selected RHP Dany Jimenez (Toronto).