The annual Rule 5 Draft marked the end of the baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando Thursday morning, and due to already having a full 40-man roster, the Los Angeles Dodgers were not able to take anyone in the Major League portion of the draft.
They did add someone in the Minor League portion though, as they selected second baseman Angelo Mora, formerly of the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles organizations.
The Dodgers did not lose any players from their organization in either portion of the draft.
Mora signed with the Phillies out of Loma de Cabrera in the Dominican Republic in 2011. The soon-to-be 25-year-old hit .291/.334/.435 with 24 doubles, nine home runs and 55 RBIs in 107 games between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley this past season in the Phillies organization.
In seven career Minor League seasons he has hit .258/.311/.365 while hitting 24 home runs and stealing 58 bases. While he has mainly played second base, he has also seen time at shortstop and third base in his career.
The switch-hitter signed a Minor League deal with the Orioles on Nov. 28 but obviously did not play a single game for the organization. He has spent the winter playing with Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Winter League.
Mora will look to become a player in the Dodgers organization to reach the Majors after being selected in the Minor LEague portion of the Rule 5 Draft for the second straight season, with left-handed reliever Edward Paredes doing so last year.