While this year saw many changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including delaying the start of the 2020-21 international signing period to January of next year, the annual Rule 5 Draft is scheduled to proceed as usual next month.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and all other clubs have until 3 p.m. PT on Friday to protect eligible Minor League players. They are those who were signed at age 19 or older and have played professional baseball for four years.
Also eligible for the Rule 5 Draft are players who were signed at 28 and have played five years. If a team wishes to protect any eligible players from possibly being selected, they must be added to the 40-man roster ahead of Friday’s deadline.
Last year the Dodgers placed DJ Peters, Zach McKinstry, Mitchell White and Victor Gonzalez, on their 40-man roster to protect against losing them. All but Peters went on to make their MLB debut this season.
Jair Camargo, Parker Curry, Starling Heredia, Nolan Long, Brayan Morales, Jake Peter, Carlos Rincon, Errol Robinson, Cristian Santana, Jordan Sheffield, Shea Spitzbarth, Cody Thomas, Leonel Valera and Nick Yarnall were also among those in the Dodgers organization that were eligible for last year’s Rule 5 Draft but did not get selected.
Camargo, Heredia and Peter are no longer with the organization.
Dodgers prospects eligible for 2020 Rule 5 Draft
Excluding Camargo, Heredia and Peter, the following group is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, along with the aforementioned Minor Leaguers: Gerardo Carrillo, Donovan Casey, Brett de Geus, Omar Estevez, Andre Jackson, Marshall Kasowski, Jeren Kendall, Zach Reks, Logan Salow, Edwin Uceta, Justin Yurchak, Guillermo Zuniga
The Dodgers have eight openings on their 40-man roster.
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