In Case You Missed it
Every year the rule five draft comes and goes without much notice from many fans.
It seems like an uneventful and useless rule, but it is in place to help maintain movement for players that may be trapped in the farm system of a team.
Teams have to add eligible players onto the 40 man roster to protect them from being “drafted” by other teams.
In his three years in the minors, Luetge has yet to advance beyond the AA threshold.
Perhaps the most important thing about Luetge is not that he is a ground ball / strike out pitcher with a 3.48 ERA, but that he was drafted by the brewers in 2008 by the Brewers under the supervision of none other than… Jack Zduriencik.
Jack is known for his ability to spot young talent so the fact that he would pursue Luetge made the move more interesting.
The M’s were looking to add a left-handed relief option out of the bullpen for the 2012 season, however now that a contract has been signed with George Sherrill Luetge may be blocked yet again.
However Luetge will get a shot in spring training and the way that the rule five draft pick works is that he either makes the big league club for the season or he is returned to the Brewers.
An important thing to remember is that Safeco field plays as an advantage to left hander pitchers, so lefties that don’t do as well in other places may find a promising career ahead of them in the pacific northwest.
It may be a dud move, as most rule five picks are, but occasionally it is possible to strike gold as is the case with Josh Hamilton – a rule five pick who became the 2010 American League MVP.
It can happen.