TheRays lost minor league pitchers Kyle Lobstein and Braulio Lara in this morning’s Rule 5 Draft. Lobstein was taken by the Mets with the 10th pick and Lara was drafted by the Marlins in the second round (via MLBTR). The Rays did not draft any players in the draft.
Lobstein was originally drafted by the Rays in the second round of the 2008 draft. He spent the 2012 season in double-A where he posted a 4.06 ERA in 27 starts, striking out 129 in 144 innings. Lara was signed as an undrafted free agent and spent the 2012 season in single-A, with a 5.71 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 112 innings.
In the Rule 5 draft, teams can select minor leaguers from other organizations that are not on that team’s 40-man roster and who have been in the minors for an extended period of time. The idea is to protect minor leaguers from getting “stuck” in one organization while they may have a better shot at the big leagues in another organization. The catch is, once selected in the Rule 5 Draft, that player must stay in the big leagues all season or be offered back to the original team. The Rays famously lost Josh Hamilton in the 2006 Rule 5 Draft.