Before I had a chance to settle in at work this morning, Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 Draft was about half complete. If you are unfamiliar with this proceeding, it is a draft held toward the end of the Winter Meetings where teams have the opportunity to select players who were left off of 40 man rosters. An excellent explanation can be found here as written by Alan Schwarz at Baseball America. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected one player and lost two others, all of them pitchers.
Marcos Mateo: The right hander selected from the Chicago Cubs underwent Tommy John surgery, missing all of 2012. The 29 year old Mateo has actually appeared in 44 games for the Cubs during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. His record is 1-3 with a 5.04 ERA in 44 2/3 innings pitched. Mateo spent time at three different Minor League levels in 2013, appearing in 24 games and posting a 2-0 record with a 1.74 ERA in 31 innings. He walked 13 and struck out 30 and is currently pitching in the Dominican Winter League.
Kevin Munson: The 24 year old Munson was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies. He was taken in the 4th round of the 2010 draft out of James Madison. Munson pitched in a total of 53 games between AA Mobile and Triple A Reno in 2013. His record was 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 54 2/3 innings pitched. Over the course of his Minor League career, Munson has averaged more than one strikeout an inning.
Patrick Schuster: The lefty eventually found his way back to Josh Byrnes, the man who drafted him as General Manager of the D’backs. Schuster was selected in the 13th round of the 2009 draft out of J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, FL. Schuster has never pitched past Class A ball but had an outstanding 2013 at Visalia. He went 0-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 55 games covering 44 innings pitched. The 23 year old Schuster was selected by the Houston Astros and then was promptly traded to Byrnes’s San Diego Padres.