Mariners and the 2011 Rule 5 draft

Lots of talent to be had

The winter meetings will end with the rule 5 draft.  Any team who has space on their 40 man roster may draft an eligible player from another team’s minor league system for a $50,000 fee.


This is a great way for some of the potential players stuck in a farm system to get a shot at making it in the big leagues.

The catch is that the drafted player must have a spot on the 25 man roster for 180 days not counting September or time on the DL, or they have to be offered back for with a $25,000 price tag.

The Mariners added three of their own prospects to the 40 man roster to prevent them from being snatched up by other teams.  Get to know these players as it is likely we could see them make an appearance in Safeco this upcoming season.

Carlos Triunfel:

This Dominican Republic native was once considered to be one of the top prospects in the all of baseball, but he has been plagued with injury. The worst injury came in the form of a broken leg in 2009 which has continued to plague him since.

In fact it was the leg injury which prevented him from appearing in any more than 8 games in the Arizona Fall League.  Perhaps he will break out during spring training in Peoria, but it likely that he will land in Tacoma under the tutelage of Darren Brown for at least one more season.

Carlos Triunfel

Carlos Triunfel was protected by the Mariners from the Rule 5 draft

Francsico Martinez:

Felix has left a good taste in the Mariner’s mouths for players coming out of Venezuela, such as Francisco Martinez.  Martinez in a third basemen who was brought over in the Doug Fister trade with Detroit in 2011.

Francisco  has show quality numbers in his time in AA hitting .281 in his four minor league seasons with an OPS of .702.  There is no doubt the M’s could use a few more quality bats in the organization.

However, his defensive efforts will hold him back from making an appearance too quickly to the big leagues. That and he is blocked by Seager, Liddi and Figgins.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Seattle try to move him around the field for a better fit.

Chih-Hsien Chiang:

Coming out Taiwan, this young outfielder was a part of the Boston organization until he came over in trade with Trayvon Robinson for Erik Bedard.  He had been hitting a .340 and slugging 1.050 in AA Portland.

When he moved to the Seattle farm system his numbers dropped significantly, though it takes time to adjust to new surroundings.

The M’s will likely give him some time to adjust in the 2012 Season, though if his bat stays that hot, he wont be in the minors for long no matter how full the outfield is.

With these move the Mariners currently only have 37 players on their 40 man roster, meaning that Jack Z likely has his eyes on a possible rule 5 prospect to draft to the team. Remember though that whatever player that is would have to be on the 25 man roster for the season for the Mariners to keep them.

The success rate of this move is practically nil, but then again Jack Z could find the next Josh Hamilton that way.

Watch for it.

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