The Rays did not make any selections in today’s Rule 5 draft. They did lose two minor leaguers in the minor league portion of the draft. Catcher Gerardo Olivares was taken by the Red Sox in the triple-A portion of the draft. And Matt Sweeney was selected by the Orioles in the double-A portion of the draft.
Sweeney is a bit of a loss for the Rays, but more because he has failed as a prospect. Sweeney was one of the key pieces received by the Rays in the trade that sent Scott Kazmir to the Angels. At the time, Keith Law of ESPN.com ranked Sweeney as the 68th best prospect in baseball.
But in two seasons, Sweeney hit a total of 15 home runs. That’s not going to cut it for a corner infielder with no glove. And now the Rays didn’t even think enough of him to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.