Orioles add two in Rule 5 Draft
The Orioles added two pitchers to their 40-man Major League roster during Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft, selecting right-hander Logan Verrett from the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate and trading for Astros’ selection right-hander Jason Garcia.
Verrett was 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014 and it was widely speculated that he could be selected in the Rule 5 draft. The Met’s third-round pick in ’11, Verrett made 28 starts for Las Vegas and posted a 4.33 ERA over 162 innings, allowing 78 earned runs on 188 hits and 34 walks. He struck out 119.
“Outstanding control and a very good slider,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of Verrett. “He’s an accomplished pitcher. He’s won at Baylor, at Double-A and Triple-A and he should be ready to compete for a major league job. Where he ends up in the big leagues, who knows, but he’s got excellent control and really good slider than can out right and left-handed hitters.”
Garcia was picked by Houston with the fourth selection in the Rule 5 Draft, with the O’s acquiring him for cash considerations. The 22-year-old went 3-2 with three saves and a 3.67 ERA in 14 combined games (seven starts) with Class-A Lowell and Greenville. He struck out 9.4 batters per nine innings and held right-handed hitters to a .189/.275/.236 line in 121 total plate appearances.
“One of our scouts, Danny Haas, had some history with Garcia,” Duquette said. “He pitched very effectively against us in the instructional league. We saw him a lot. He pitched against 18 of our hitters and struck out 14 of them this fall.
“He’s a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher with a nice delivery and good secondary pitches. And, although he has only pitched in Class-A ball he has very good equipment and skills to be a major league pitcher. He’s 21, he’ll pitch at 22 next year.
The Orioles also picked outfielder/first baseman Sean Halton from Milwaukee in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. They passed in the Double-A portion.
The Orioles didn’t lose any players in the Major League portion of the Draft. The Dodgers took Santana Alexander off Baltimore’s Double-A roster while Tampa Bay selected O’s right-handed pitcher Michael O’Brien.