The Rule 5 Draft took place on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Annual MLB Winter Meetings. The Rule 5 Draft allows Major League teams to draft players from other MLB team’s Minor League System. The rule was started to prevent teams from having an abundance of younger players. Players who have been signed for approximately four to five years and aren’t currently on a 40-Man Roster are all susceptible to being drafted in the Rule 5.
On Thursday, the New York Yankees’ system lost 5 players to the Rule 5 Draft. Former Tampa Yankee pitchers RHP Mikey O’Brien , RHP Thomas Kahnle and Kelvin Castro as well as Felipe Gonzalez and Ravel Santana were all drafted.
O’Brien was taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the Triple-A Round and Kahnle was taken 4th overall by the Colorado Rockies. Kelvin Castro, who played with the Tampa Yankees in 2011 and 2012 and played infield, has since converted to pitching. Castro was playing with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs in 2013; he was taken by the Florida Marlins in the Draft.
Ravel Santana was taken by the Houston Astros and Felipe Gonzalez was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
With a lot of off-season to go before Spring Training begins, more roster moves are sure to happen.