Rule 5 Draft: Previous 5

One of the last things to take place in Orlando during this year’s Winter Meetings was the annual Rule 5 Draft. This year’s draft took place on Thursday, December 12.

rule-5-draftBefore we take a look at how this year’s draft unfolded (I’ll save that for my next blog), let’s take a look back at the previous five drafts and how it went for the White Sox and the Charlotte Knights. (I am just analyzing the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft).


1st Overall Pick:
Terrell Young, drafted by the Washington Nationals, from the Cincinnati Reds.

White Sox Pick:
No pick in the Major League portion of the draft.

The Charlotte Knights originally lost RHP Derek Rodriguez, who was drafted 19th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays. Rodriguez, who was a 14th round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft, appeared in parts of two seasons with the Knights from 2008-09.

In 2008, Rodriguez went 0-1 with one save and a 3.19 ERA in 20 games for the Knights. He struck out 44 batters over 36.2 innings pitched. It was a solid season for Rodriguez, who also posted a 5-1 record with one save and a 3.38 ERA. His solid season led to the Rays selecting him in the Rule 5 Draft.

His days with the Rays (yes, I know, that rhymes), did not last long however. On March 23, 2009, he was returned to the White Sox after he was not going to make the Rays out of Spring Training. Rodriguez had a 7.50 ERA in six games that spring.

He ended up posting an 0-3 record with two saves and a 3.49 ERA in 36 games for the Knights. It proved to be his final season in professional baseball.


One other player to mention, since later in his career he would become a Knights reliever, is Donnie Veal (pictured, right).

Veal was selected fourth overall in the Rule 5 Draft that season by the Pirates (from the Chicago Cubs). Veal pitched for the Knights in 2012 and 2013 and excelled on the mound. In 2012, he went 7-3 with two saves and a 2.08 ERA in 35 games. Last year, he was 2-2 with two saves and a 2.70 ERA in 17 games with Charlotte.


1st Overall Pick: Jamie Hoffmann was selected by the Washington Nationals from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hoffmann was later dealt to the New York Yankees as the player to be named later in the deal for Brian Bruney. Bruney would go on to play for the Knights in 2011 and 2012.

White Sox Pick:
No pick in the Major League portion of the draft.


1st Overall Pick:
Josh Rodriguez was selected as the first pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The young shortstop was taken from the Cleveland Indians organization.

White Sox Pick:
No pick in the Major League portion of the draft.


1st Overall Pick:
Rhiner Cruz was drafted by the Houston Astros as the first pick. Cruz, a right-handed pitcher, was taken from the New York Yankees system.

White Sox Pick:
No pick in the Major League portion of the draft. Charlotte Knights 4-2-2012 065

NOTABLE: With the second pick in the draft, the Minnesota Twins selected RHP Terry Doyle (pictured, right) from the White Sox. Doyle, was later offered back to Chicago and began the 2012 season with the Charlotte Knights. The product of Boston College had a terrific season with the Knights in 2012.

In 11 starts with the Knights (12 games), Doyle posted a 6-3 record with a 2.83 ERA. He had one complete game and was the anchor of a solid staff before opting out of his contract and signing a deal to play in Japan. He ended the 2012 campaign in Japan with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and appeared in three games. He compiled a 1-1 mark with a 3.55 ERA.

Last season, Doyle signed on with the Boston Red Sox organization and appeared in both Pawtucket (Triple-A) and Portland (Double-A). The Massachusetts native went 5-6 with a 5.60 ERA in 18 games with the PawSox. He also posted a 1-6 mark with a 4.06 ERA in 11 games for the Sea Dogs.


1st Overall Pick:
Josh Fields was selected by the Houston Astros — no, not the former Knights slugger and standout college football star Josh Fields. Fields, a right-handed pitcher, was taken from the Red Sox.

White Sox Pick:
With the 11th pick in the draft, the White Sox selected infielder Angel Sanchez (pictured, below right) from the Los Angeles Angels organization. Sanchez was coming off a solid year in 2012 in the Pacific Coast League.sanchez_full

Playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Sanchez hit an impressive .320 (107 G) with five home runs, 45 RBIs, 13 doubles, 48 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. Despite the solid season, Sanchez was left off of LA’s 40-man roster — giving the White Sox a chance to scoop up the infielder.

At the time of the draft, Sanchez was batting .344 (22-64) with two home runs and seven RBIs over 17 games with Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Sanchez began the season with the White Sox and appeared in just one game for the club before being placed on the DL on April 15 with a lower back strain. The Puerto Rican native began a rehab assignment with the Charlotte Knights on May 15 and ended up staying with the Knights after he was offered back to the Angels and they didn’t take him back.

He ended up playing in 43 games for the Knights and hit .189 with one home run and 16 RBIs. He played his last game with the Knights on July 28 before being released by the White Sox. Sanchez finished the year with Somerset (Independent) and hit .228 with one home run and 31 RBIs over 31 games.

Stay tuned for a recap of this year’s Rule 5 Draft…

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