Astros’ Rule 5 Draft eligible players

Rule 5 Draft explained:

Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, slated to take place on Thursday, Dec. 12. If that player doesn’t stay on the 25-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000.

In other words, an international player or high school draftee signed in 2009, assuming they were 18 or under as of June 5 of that year, must be protected. A college player taken in the 2010 Draft is in the same boat.

Here are Astros players eligible to be taken in Rule 5 Draft:

Alaniz, Ruben
Berger, Eric
Borchering, Robert
Buchanan, Jake
Cain, Colton
Castro, Erik
Cotton, Jamaine
De Leon, Jorge
Doran, Robert
Fernandez, Jose
Franco, Enderson
Garcia, Rene
Genoves, Ernesto
Gomez, Edwin
Gonzalez, Alfredo
Gonzalez, Jose
Heidenreich, Matt
Heredia, Angel
Hernandez, Enrique
Marte, Ydarqui
Martinez, J.D.
McCurdy, Ryan
Mejia, Yonathan
Meyer, Jonathan
Mier, Jiovanni
Minaya, Juan G
Moon, Chan
Morales, Jobduan
Musick, Wes
Nash, Telvin
Perdomo, Carlos
Perez, Carlos
Quezada, Euris
Ramirez, Francis
Rivera, Darwin
Rivera, Raul
Robinson, James
Rodriguez, Richard
Seaton, Ross
Shirley, Thomas
Simunic, Andrew
Sogard, Alex
Stoffel, Jason
Tiburcio, Frederick
Torrez, Raoul
Urckfitz, Patrick
Wates, Austin
Weiland, Kyle
Wikoff, Brandon


Later J.D…..

What are the chances JD Martinez avoids being selected in the Rule 5 draft and ends up in Kissimmee this spring? He strikes me as a player who is really on the verge of consistently finding his timing at the plate and stepping up his defense. And his winter ball numbers are solid.

Every team already passed on him for free when he was placed on waivers and out-righted to Oklahoma City. I assume they will still pass on him at the rule 5 draft,

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