Rule 5 picks

The Rockies plucked Dan Rosenbaum from the Nationals team. The analysis by John Sickels on www.minorleagueball.com:

“This 25-year-old southpaw was drafted out of Xavier University in the 22nd round in 2009, but has performed well throughout his career. He posted a 3.94 ERA with a 99/39 K/BB and a 2.29 GO/AO in 155 innings for Double-A Harrisburg this year. His velocity is average but his fastball sinks and he gets plenty of grounders. He also has a solid curveball and average changeup. He could be useful as a fifth starter or a relief option. CHANCE TO STICK: High.”

I read the other Rule 5 picks’ bios and most of them have either low or moderate chance to stick with the MLB team. To me, he is basically a replacement for Matt Reynolds. Good pick for once, Rockies.

Rockies’ own Coty Woods was taken by the Rangers in Rule 5 and his chance to stick is “moderate.”

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Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Obviously this guy will take up a 40-man roster spot until he is sent back to the Nationals at the end of ST. The bottom line is this- would we rather have this guy on the roster or Josh Roenicke?

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

Anybody have any sense as to whether this guy is better or worse than Coty Woods?

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Never heard of him, but when has that ever stopped me from having an opinion? Stats show a really, really low HR rate, a really low BB rate, but a low K rate too. He’ll be 25 and he’s been stuck at AA, so there’s a reason the Nats didn’t protect him. Still, he actually pitched better in the minors than his new competition – Friedrich – although Friedrich clearly has a higher upside. So why not? You take a… Read more »

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
7 years ago

I view the Rosenbaum positively because: it is the equivalent of just taking Ryan Wheeler from Arizona for nothing as Rosenbaum has a better chance to do better at Coors while taking Reynolds spot; Coty Woods did well in AA Tulsa which is more sea level and did poorly in Springs which explains why the Rox would rather do away with flyball and/or wild pitchers. So as Ag pointed out, we are looking for pitchers with command and keeping the… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago

I think he is a good pickup. There are several upsides to getting him, although he does have to stay on the 25 man roster (or DL) the entire season or we lose him back to the Nats. – Groundball Pitcher – “Outstanding command of sinker, curveball, and cutter make him a sleeper” – He is older, age wise, so possibly more mature in his approach – He has a 2.84 ERA over four minor league seasons (89 appearances, 84… Read more »

IggyRox
IggyRox
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Or on the DL, eh? Hmmmm…..

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

My thoughts exactly!

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

Anybody know where he ranked among the Nationals’ prospects?

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago

Rosenbaum was rated the 23rd best prospect in the Nationals organization.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

I think John Sickels at minorleagueball.com had him at # 11 in the Nats organization at the start of the year, and he didn’t do anything to cause him to drop this year. I’d like to see them give him a chance at earning that 5th starter job. That would put Outman where he belongs, as a lefty specialist out of the pen. Assuming Francis sticks and Pomeranz shows some consistency, the big question marks will then be the health… Read more »

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

Agbayani, in your dream December scenario, what do you do with Friedrich?

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Julian, I think Friedrich needs some more AAA time. To be honest, the same is true for Chatwood and for Pomeranz, and the same was true for White. All of them were rushed, which is one reason why I think they remain better “prospects” (although technically no longer prospects) than many people think. Someone asked about Coty Woods. Interesting sidearming righthander. We’ve seen a few of these guys succeed over the last decade — Chad Bradford, Darren O’Day, Brad Ziegler,… Read more »

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

Agbayani, isn’t Friedrich out of options? I agree that all of these guys (Friedrich, Chatwood, and Pomeranz) are a little raw and could use more time in AAA and that they have all been rushed due to the need for starters last year. Hopefully, with the new pitching coaches in the system, maybe they can get what they need to get better. So, in my perfect world, DLR, Chacin, and Nicasio would all be healthy, Francis would start, and there’s… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Friedrich and Pomeranz each have two options remaining and Chatwood has one option left.

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