With Rule 5 deadline looming, Brewers have decisions to make | Disciples of Uecker

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The deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft is Tuesday, and the Brewers will have some decisions to make when it comes to some of their better minor leaguers. There are six available spots on the team’s 40-man roster, but recently assistant GM Gord Ash was quoted as saying the team will likely only protect “four or so” players.

Eligibility for the Rule 5 draft depends on a player’s age when they signed. If the player was age 18 or younger on June 5th of the year they signed, they’re Rule 5-eligible after five years in the minors. If they were 19 or older on June 5th of the year they signed, they’re eligible after four years. Players on a 40-man roster are ineligible for the draft.

Courtesy of Brewerfan.net, the Brewers could lose the following players if left unprotected:

RHP Jairo Asencio
C Dayton Buller
RHP Hiram Burgos
OF Khris Davis
RHP Frankie De Los Santos
2B Eric Farris
1B Sean Halton
RHP Donovan Hand
LHP Zach Kroenke
C Blake Lalli
RHP Rob Wooten

RHP Darren Byrd
OF Kentrail Davis
2B Scooter Gennett
OF Lee Haydel
RHP Kyle Heckathorn
OF Brock Kjeldgaard
RHP Andre Lamontagne
RHP Johnnie Lowe
LHP Daniel Meadows
OF/INF Josh Prince
RHP Cody Scarpetta
RHP R.J. Seidel

A or lower
RHP Hitaniel Arias
RHP Eric Arnett
RHP Nick Bucci
RHP Tyler Cravy
C Jose Garcia
SS Carlos George
SS Hector Gomez
OF Yonki Hernandez
RHP Maverick Lasker
C Joey Paciorek
C Emmanuel Quiles
LHP Jose Ramos
RHP Francisco Rivero
OF Franklin Romero, Jr.
RHP Manuel Ruiz
OF Chadwin Stang
RHP Stosh Wawrzasek
C Shawn Zarraga

Doug Melvin has already said in radio interviews that Hiram Burgos will be one of the players protected. Burgos won the organization’s Pitcher of the Year award after putting up a 1.95 ERA across three levels in 2012, with a K/9 of 8.1 and a 3.12 K/BB ratio.

Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis seem like locks to be added as well. Gennett keeps hitting for average as he climbs through the system (.293 in Double-A as a 22-year-old in 2012), while Davis has a career .914 OPS in the minors, and put up a 1.055 OPS across three levels (mostly Double-A and Triple-A) this year. 2009 first round sandwich pick Kentrail Davis is another possibility to be added, although he’s struggled to hit for much power while putting up some impressive OBP numbers. Josh Prince could be added after an insanely hot stint in the Arizona Fall League, but his minor league performance (career .253/.333/.335 line) may be such that the Brewers could roll the dice on leaving him unprotected.

Injuries have held right-hander Nick Bucci back, but the Brewers still love him and he has stuff that could work out of a major league bullpen right now. Really, Bucci is the kind of guy who gets picked in the Rule 5 draft — a guy with good stuff who’s lost a year or two of development due to injury, who could be stashed in the bullpen for a year with eyes set on someday being a starter again. Given Melvin and Ash’s fondness to him, though, it’s hard to see the Brewers leaving him unprotected.

The deadline to add players isn’t until Tuesday, but the Brewers are expected to make their moves on Monday. The Rule 5 draft will take place on December 6th.

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