Eddie Morlan was taken by the Brewers with the 16th pick of today’s Rule 5 Draft. The Rays were the last team to make a selection in the first round, taking Derek Rodriguez from the White Sox with the 19th pick. Both players must stay on the major league roster for the entire season or be offered back to their original franchise.
Rodriguez, a right-handed relief pitcher, will be 26 in May. In 2008, he was 5-2 with a 3.29 ERA in 49 appearances, split between double-A and triple-A. He struck out 10 batters per 9 innings and a decent 2.7 strikeouts-to-walk ratio. He was a 14th round selection by the White Sox in the 2005 draft.
The Rays did not make a selection, or lose any players, in the triple-A phase of the draft.