The Yankees weren't expected to make any selections in this morning's Rule 5 draft. With a full 40-man roster and Carlos Beltran still waiting to be added, there was no wiggle room to snag anybody. They were expecting to lose a few of their unprotected players, however, and the rest of MLB did not disappoint there.
In all, 5 Yankee MiLers were selected this morning, 4 of them from the Double-A Trenton Thunder. Right-handed relief pitchers Tommy Kahnle and Felipe Gonzalez, righty starter Mike O'Brien, and outfielder Ravel Santana were the Double-A casualties, along with righty reliever Kelvin Castro from High-A Tampa.
Kahnle and Santana are the biggest losses. Both have previously been on a few top prospects list and Kahnle was the type of high-velocity bullpen arm the Yanks have become adept at drafting and developing. Santana was a toolsy OF prospect with a potentially high ceiling a few years ago, but has had his development severely compromised by a David Adams-esque ankle injury. It's doubtful he sticks on the Houston roster all season, but props to them for taking a low-risk shot.
The good news? Guys like Chase Whitley, Dan Burawa, Fred Lewis, and Zach Nuding escaped and will remain with the organization.
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