Pirates Draft LHP Jose Hernandez, Lose Blake Sabol in Rule 5 Draft

The MLB Rule 5 draft takes place today at 5:00 PM EST. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the third overall pick in the draft. We’ve looked at some of the players available, as well as names of Pirates players who could be lost in the draft today.

Here are some names that might interest the Pirates.

Here’s a look at the top available names from the Pirates.

Tim Williams looked at the importance of the Rule 5 draft earlier today.

On average, teams have a player selected every other year. However, teams have a player that sticks with another team every three years.

In most cases, the Rule 5 draft is boring for teams, but the Pirates left some decent prospects unprotected AND they have two open spots on the 40-man roster to make 1-2 selections.

The minor league portion of the draft is usually busier. A look at the list of names that need to be protected on the 38-man roster of the Triple-A squad showed more than 38 interesting names for the Pirates. There’s a chance they could lose some lesser prospects on the minor league side.

Whether or not they decide to pick someone will be seen when the Triple-A current roster number is announced. If there are 38 players on the roster, they can’t make any picks.

We will post live updates below as the picks are made.

With the third overall pick, the Pirates selected lefty pitcher Jose Hernandez from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With the fourth pick, Blake Sabol went to the Cincinnati Reds.

Pirates passed in the second round.

Minor League portion

Pirates lost RHP Joelvis Del Rosario with the first pick

Pirates took RHP Wei-Chieh Huang with their first pick from the San Francisco Giants. He had big league experience in 2019

Pirates lost LHP Joe Jacques to the Boston Red Sox

Pirates lost RHP Wilkin Ramos to the New York Mets

Pirates lost RHP Domingo Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves

second round

Pirates selected Josh Palacios from the Washington Nationals. He has played in the majors each of the last two seasons.

Pirates lost RHP Austin Roberts to the Miami Marlins

Pirates lost OF Jared Oliva to the Los Angeles Angels

Pirates lost LHP Trey McGough to the Baltimore Orioles

Pirates lost RHP Enmanuel Mejia to the Tampa Bay Rays

third round

Pirates lost RHP Cristian Charle to the Miami Marlins

Pirates lost RHP Peter Solomon to the Arizona Diamondbacks

Pirates lost INF Yoyner Fajardo to the Minnesota Twins

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hoffmark83

Lose a few bums, sign a few bums. Nothing to see here.

dr p

My problem with losing all the minor leaguers was that the announced AAA roster had only 31 out of 38 spots used. Why so many open slots?

capirate

One drawback to losing so many minor leaguers is that they won’t be available to trade as part of a package deal. For example, one of them might have been included if/when the Pirates trade Reynolds.

madlock5

I like Sabol and am sorry he’s gone. I think he could be a useful major leaguer. I’m not too broken up about it though. If he does well, then it’s just one more thing to complain about. As a Pirates fan, there’s a pretty long list.

I could think of it as a trade for the lefty reliever we picked. I haven’t even looked into him yet. We’ll see if he sticks.

b mcferren

in 1999 Scott Sauerbeck had a 2.00 era across 67 innings pitched

jaygray007

I don’t understand preferring “holding hernandez on mlb team” to “holding sabol on the 40 man but in AAA” but whatever. Idgaf.

robertkasperski

I see that 2 former Buccos were signed to minor league deals today. Cole Tucker to the Rockies and Austin Brice to the Dbacks. Other teams even want guys that stunk with us as well. lol!

jon6er

I actually like Tucker’s personality and his athletic *ability, lol. But I’m beginning to think he’s avoiding getting a real job.

TNBucs

Sabol was traded to the Giants for cash or a PTBNL.

agent00

higher chance he gets returned now imo

Wilbur Miller

I dunno. The Giants aren’t as dumb as the Reds.

jon6er

The Giants will get a couple bombs from him in the Bay someday, lol.

agent00

well no. but i expect they want to win. so idk if they’d want to carry a rookie outfielder the entire year.

reds are rebuilding, and don’t care to win, so it wouldn’t be a problem to keep sabol on the roster.

PiratePrimate

One thing I’ve learned living out west and following the Giants. They know what they’re doing.

agent00

i’m sure. they were smart enough to grab sabol, after all!

robertkasperski

Well they did need someone to play the outfield since they lost out on Judge πŸ™‚

forkball

I’m impressed that all you other commenters know all these players. I guess you can thank Pirates Prospects! Reminder – maybe only two out of every 40 taste the majors.

leefieux

Who said we knew all of these players? πŸ€“πŸ˜

robertkasperski

Sssshhhhhh!! You are supposed to politely say thanks and appreciate the admiration! It’s good to look intelligent and you have to keep the story going so you keep looking intelligent! Never let on that it is anything different than they think 🀣🀣

roberto

My management approach was to announce my ignorance and ask colleagues to educate me.

robertkasperski

Hey, the Nuke Laloosh approach, play the game with fear and ignorance!

joesolo6181

I guess the pirates had more quality than I thought they had. I am glad Bolton, Alveres and Gorski were not selected.

leefieux

And Nunez?

emjayinTN

That’s our future 1B. The P2 people liked him to be on the 40, but BC gambled because he had very little AAA experience, is very young, and is a 1B. Then one of the first picks is a 26 year old power hitting 1B, Ryan Noda. Glad to see Malcom Nunez still with the Pirates.

The LHRP, Jose Hernandez, will help the Pirates. Another kid from the DR with good size at 6’3″ 205, big arm (upper 90’s), VG K/BB/9 numbers of 10.9/4.2 in 39 IP at AA, 9.4/3.0 in 21 IP at A+, and 8 Saves. Turns 25 New Years Eve.

leefieux

Well, all of the excitement is over. NOW what do we have to look forward to until Spring Training? Who gets DFA’d? What placeholder catcher do we sign? Some backend roster tinkering?

Life as a Pirate fan is mucho exhilarating!! 🀩🀩

hoffmark83

International signing period.

leefieux

Did you ever read John’s articles on top Latin prospects? I used to save them to check out how they did five yrs down the line. I got depressed, so I quit doing it. 😫😫

roberto

Maybe muy emocionante

robertkasperski

Well, it’s over. Lost a Sabol and and handful of lower level minor leaguers that only really heard of a couple of the names. Definitely not gonna lose any sleep. πŸ™‚

leefieux

Well, at least we kept Gorski and Nunez. Life is good for me now!

bianco599

And the first pick next summer. Who cares about a bunch of failed picks or returned players? That seems to be what comes of these dudes. Or so I have read.

leefieux

Agree 100%.

robertkasperski

Ditto!

KirkV12

Ok, ok, ok, I’ve heard the 1,000 disclaimers about how unimportant the Rule V draft is (especially the minor league portion). But losing 11 players in 3 rounds of the minor league phase seems problematic. The only ones I have concern about are Joelvis, Meijia and Charle. But the quantity seems to be the issue. How do we explain being pilfered for so many guys other teams seem to feel interested in? I imagine at least one of the players taken will become a solid major league reliever, at least. Del Rosario was an exciting part of last year’s Bradenton rotation and seemed like he could have a future as a starter even.

Oh well on Sabol. Maybe they’ll get him back, maybe not. Worth a dice roll to get a lefty reliever. But the minor league phase seems like it was poorly protected against by management.

leefieux

Were any of them even in our Top 30 prospect list? We lost minor league depth, that is all. We’ll just have to do some aggressive promoting. The odds of ANY of those in the minor league portion doing anything of consequence in the majors is slim. I doubt that anybody outside of their families and us know their names.

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TNBucs

In a sense, we traded Sabol for Hernandez. Just looking at Hernandez’s minor league record and age, I don’t think I’d make that trade. But Fangraphs does have the two ranked comparably (35+).

leefieux

I’d do it. I liked Sabol, but he was going to be nothing more than a bench bat. Hernandez has the potential to be a halfway decent lefty RP. Or he might get returned to LA by June, lol.

SBRO

Palacios is basically another Oliva. Hits for average, modest power, decent speed, roughly the same age (Palacios is 4 months older). That’s a wash.

But otherwise, man that minor league phase thinned the herd a lot. I’m bummed about Charle, McGough and del Rosario.

Last edited 1 month ago by SBRO
leefieux

Meh. Let’s see if any of them ever do anything, first. I recognize a few names, but none were top prospects. We’ll be fine.

njbucster

Given the caliber of players protected, there was NO reason to lose Sabol.
Other than ineptitude of course.

NMR

He’ll be back.

leefieux

That’s what Ahnold said and he didn’t disappoint!

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Wilbur Miller

NMR

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

So yeah, it looks like it’s Teng and not Huang from the Giants

https://twitter.com/justdelossantos/status/1600626353908293632?s=20&t=UKfQ_ULE4xLM2GicDwGXYA

Wilbur Miller

MiLB.com has Huang listed with Indy.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I noticed last night he deleted the tweet I linked, and updated with Huang.

Wilbur Miller

Ha. Couldn’t blame anyone considering how badly the Pirate staffer garbled the name.

robertkasperski

Looks interesting at least πŸ™‚

SBRO

That’s definitely better, high K% at AA as a 23 year-old, but wild.

leefieux

If he wasn’t wild, he wouldn’t have been available. πŸ€“πŸ€“

1979andCounting

OK, let the betting begin on who gets DFAed. One spot is needed. Vilade?

leefieux

Diego C or Underwood?

SBRO

They tendered Underwood. If I’m not mistaken the rules changed in this CBA, so they can no longer get away with paying 45 days severance, they have to guarantee his salary. I think it might be Kranick or Ramirez.

leefieux

Diego or Tucu, then, maybe even Shelton. 😎😎😎

Wilbur Miller

maybe even Shelton

ο»Ώ

TNBucs

Longenhagen’s brief summary of Hernandez”

“Hernandez sat 94-96 mph during spring viewings and his fastball has backspin and tough-to-hit angle that make it a weapon at the top of the strike zone. His mid-80s changeup has enough bottom-out action to miss the occasional bat, while his breaking ball has added significant power, averaging 80 mph in 2021 but bending in in the 83-86 mph range this spring. Though projecting solely in relief, Hernandez is a lefty in the mid-90s with potential for three average or better pitches.”

Wilbur Miller

If Hernandez can live up to this, or come close, it easily wipes out the rest of the day.

TNBucs

Seems like a shockingly high number to lose in the minor league phase, not that those players are likely to be more than replacement level.

Wilbur Miller

Lost a ton of mid-level pitching depth. Sorry to see a lot of them go, but the only one I think they may regret is Charle. Maybe McGough.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Baltimore taking McGough worries me. They seem to know what they’re doing now, so it’s like the Rays and their, “Yeah, sure, we’ll take that bad pitcher….”

JimEastTennessee

My dislikes were McGough, Jacques, and Charle.

Wilbur Miller

Jeez, some of these folks need a home to go to.

Phillies drafted a whole team.

Last edited 1 month ago by Wilbur Miller
robertkasperski

Just think of the guys that were on the rosters with Philly…..They will be fearing the Reaper………..

agent00

really no reason to not use the full allotment of players you can keep right? i don’t get it

1979andCounting

Geesh…..are all these guys due to Dellicarri’s team of scouts?? Says something.

Wilbur Miller

Lot of ’em are int’l guys, so Vizcaino.

patrick_kelly

9 MiL guys lost so far?

patrick_kelly

Make that 10.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

What is going on? lol

Is that 20 players we’ve lost?

Wilbur Miller

Well, Solomon doesn’t count.

Wilbur Miller

Well, losing Cristian Charle does annoy me.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Wait, what? lol did the Pirates try to take a restricted guy, and then not allowed?

Wilbur Miller

Probably they thought that meant they wouldn’t have to pay him, but got corrected.

agent00

rule v draft has been gone for so long the pirates forgot how it works

Scam likely

Wow that cleared out some minor league pitching real quick.

agent00

losing all these players

pittcat90

As a Northwestern alum and a Pirate fan, I know just how that GIF feels…

Wilbur Miller

Man, McGough now?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Another lowkey guy I liked.

Wilbur Miller

Interesting, I think they’re going to need to promote pitchers aggressively. Or sign a ton of MiL FAs, which I’d hate to see.

patrick_kelly

Altoona getting hammered.

Wilbur Miller

Pirates losing a lot of depth guys. Even Oliva.

Wilbur Miller

Josh Palacios from the Nats, whose system sucks.

Wilbur Miller

Not enthused about losing Wilkin Ramos or Domingo Gonzalez. Usual caveat about how they’ll probably top out at AA.

SouthernBuc

Pirates have lost 4 so far? Sorry, I am watching the live streaming of the Pirates vs Astros Tucker Barnhart bidding war.

Wilbur Miller

“The Pirates have interest . . . .”

Pirate expression of interest:

If you want to play for free
Nutland is the place to be.

If your kids don’t need to eat
Our special pay plan is a treat

Wilbur Miller

At least six.

agent00

domingo nooooo

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

One way to thin the lower level arms lol

NMR

Who remembers the outlet that called this? Somebody has some connections?

Wilbur Miller

You mean called it as a likely flop? I remember the article but can’t remember where it was. Just that the main point was that teams were mostly over it.

NMR

Sorry, no, my drug-addled memory thought that some national outlet was the first to mention that Blake Sabol was being targeted by other teams. Came as a surprise to me, and sure enough…

Wilbur Miller

Oh, yeah, don’t know about national but Stumpf quite some time ago said Sabol would get picked.

There WAS a national guy who wrote that teams just don’t see much percentage in R5 any more.

Last edited 1 month ago by Wilbur Miller
NMR

Ah, Stumpf, thanks Wilbur!

Wilbur Miller

He seems to have some pretty good scout contacts.

patrick_kelly

Losing Sabol sucks, but IMO better than losing Gorski. Would have loved seeing his bat reach the bigs next year. Hard for me to root against him to the point that he is offered back, in which case, he’s probably not an ML player.

Wilbur Miller

Rats, the submariner gone.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

There goes goofy LHP Joe Jacques

PirateRican21

Playing time for Sabol was gonna hard to come by, hope he gets them in Cincy

1979andCounting

I really thought Shelton would squash any pick, after what happened with Oviedo.

Wilbur Miller

Pirates select somebody somebody.

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Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

A very big kid

Wilbur Miller

And he’s 28

Wilbur Miller

Well, wait, I’m not sure who they picked.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

The pitcher the Pirates just took? He’s 24

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Ohhh, wait. I’m looking at the wrong guy

Wilbur Miller

Teng or Huang? The Pirate staffer was incomprehensible.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Stumpf says Teng

Wilbur Miller

Not sure how he’d even know.

1979andCounting

Dreker has it above in story……Huang. Age 29.

Wilbur Miller

Weird

1979andCounting

An Asian……unusual unless it’s Darvish

tmcgowan

There goes Polamalu’s cousin to Cincy…Wish you a good career except against us Blake Sabol

Wilbur Miller

Del Rosario gone.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

There’s one right off the bat.

Wilbur Miller

The Pirates only have 31 on the AAA roster?

voteforpedro

AAA PHASE begins. Yankees won’t shut up lol

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I apologize in advance for Friday’s Weekly Discussion that’ll just be: “I’m depressed”

Wilbur Miller

May be over.

Damn, unless you’re the Dodgers, that was uneventful.

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