2009 Draft starting to show returns in Brewers 40-man picks | Disciples of Uecker

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The deadline to protect minor league players from the Rule 5 draft is today, and with six open spots on the 40-man roster, the Brewers have protected five — none of which are a total surprise.

Burgos and Gennett were two additions that were a given. Burgos picked up the organization’s Pitcher of the Year award after putting up a 1.95 ERA in 171 innings that spanned three levels of the minors, striking out 153 and walking 49. Burgos will be 25 this season and figures to start the season back in Triple-A, with an outside chance to win a starting spot this spring. Burgos was a 6th-round pick in 2009 out of Bethune-Cookman.

Gennett remains one of the Brewers’ best offensive prospects after hitting .293/.330/.385 in Double-A as a 22-year-old. He continues to improve defensively and his plate discipline could still use some work, but all he’s done is hit at every level. He’ll likely head to Triple-A this season. Something to keep in mind as Gennett continues to climb the system: Rickie Weeks’ current contract ends after 2014, but the Brewers hold a team option for 2015. Gennett was a 16th round pick in 2009, mostly due to a strong commitment to Florida State, but the Brewers were able to sign him away.

Presumably, Prince’s spot on the 40-man is a result of his red-hot stint in the Arizona Fall League. Despite a career minor league line of .253/.333/.335, Prince took advantage of the hitter-friendly environment in Arizona, hitting over .400. Prince will be 25 next season, and is another that will probably play in Triple-A. A 2009 3rd-round pick out of Tulane, Prince is still probably best served as a utility guy, bouncing between the infield and outfield.

Khris Davis, like Gennett, has done nothing but hit in the Brewers’ system. Unlike Gennett, he’s also hit for power, putting up a career minor league line of .294/.400/.513. Davis only played in 82 games in 2012, but put up a 1.055 OPS, mostly between Double-A and Triple-A. Despite the gaudy numbers, most still project him as a 4th outfielder, confined to the corners due to defensive concerns. Unfortunately, that’s a bad spot for a Brewers prospect to be, with no starting spot open anytime soon. Davis was a 7th-round pick in 2009 out of baseball power Cal State-Fullerton.

Bucci missed a lot of time in 2012, only throwing 42.2 innings in 10 starts, but he’s long been a favorite of Doug Melvin and Gord Ash. Despite only reaching High-A this year, he has pure stuff that would have been worth taking in the Rule 5 draft, even if it meant stashing him in the bullpen as a long man. He’s still only 22 and could be out of options before he finally sticks on the big league roster, but has the potential to contribute as a starter. Bucci was an 18th-round pick out of high school in Ontario, Canada in 2008.

With limited spots available — the Brewers needed to keep at least one spot open if they wanted to make a Rule 5 pick of their own — there were some interesting names left unprotected. Among them: RHP Frankie De Los Santos, 2B Eric Farris, OF Kentrail Davis, RHP Kyle Heckathorn, RHP Cody Scarpetta, and former first-round pick RHP Eric Arnett. The Rule 5 draft takes place December 6th.

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  1. Cecil Cooper's Love Child says: November 20, 2012

    I think the Brewers made the right moves. I don’t think any of the names left unprotected worry me that they will hold down ‘regular’ MLB roster spots.

  2. Chris K in Sheboygan says: November 20, 2012

    Thanks Nic for keeping us informed!
    At my current knowledge that’s 39/40 on 40man roster. How will the designations work of these rule 5 if the Brewers sign 2FA before the draft? I would assume they have to remove one of the 5. But if that is the case then does that player get added to the draft pool?
    Also, with that assumption, can I assume the Brewers won’t be signing a FA until after the draft is held?
    Unless of course any Rule 5 player they see in the draft pool disinterests them.

    Any new rumblings of the Brewers in FA with the past week’s moves in baseball?

    • Jaymes Langrehr says: November 21, 2012

      If the Brewers were to remove anyone from the 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft that would fit the criteria, then yes, they’d be in the draft pool. An example of this would be Eric Farris, who’s been protected in recent years, recently being removed from the 40-man — he’s eligible to be picked this winter.

      The Brewers could still sign someone before the draft (it could be part of the reason why they left one spot open), and there’s always the chance they remove someone else from the 40-man before we get to the draft. Parra could be non-tendered, Stinson could be DFA’d…they have a few routes they could go to free up more room.

  3. Matt T says: November 21, 2012

    I would hate to see Kyle Heckathorn go; but I can’t put him in from of the others that were protected. I just get the feeling that he will click one day and be the dominant pitcher that his size and frame suggest.

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