Thursday, December 6, 2007

Rule V Draft: Mets Gain Two Pitchers With Upside

The Rule 5 draft was held earlier today and Omar Minaya was able to pluck two potentially important relievers:
  1. First there's 24-year-old righty, Steve Register. Register was the 13th overall pick. He led the Double-A Texas league in saves with 37 for Tulsa.
  2. Then they took 24-year-old righty, Gary Bakker. He had an ERA of 3.67 (despite a 2-7 record) for Class A Winston-Salem of the Carolina League last season.

In order to hold onto Register, the Mets have to keep him on their 25 man roster all year. So, basically, register is going to have to try to pitch his way off of the defending National League Champion, Rockies in Spring Training. This idea would be absurd if the Champs were any other team than the Rox, Nats, Bucks, or Giants. Then again, I guess it's better to play for a Major League team than an affiliate of a champion Major League team.

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