The MLB's Rule 5 draft took place Thursday morning, and the White Sox had the number three overall pick. They selected switch-hitting 24 year-old catcher Adrian Nieto from the Washington Nationals' organization, so we thought we'd tell you a little bit about him and what this means.
From MLB.com …
"Here's a quick refresher on how it works: Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. If that player doesn't stay on the selecting team's 25-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000. It costs $12,000 to take a player in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 and $4,000 in the Double-A portion. In these phases, there are no rules about what level the selected prospect must play to remain with his new organization."
So basically, Nieto is a name which, at the very least we will hear quite a bit throughout the 2014 campaign. He'll certainly be apart of the competition with Phegley and Flowers (barring any moves) throughout March.
Last season was easily the best offensive year of his career, as he hit .285 in high-A ball with 41 extra-base hits and a nice .821 OPS in 110 games. He's also solid behind the plate and has a formidable arm.
Like we've said we'll probably see him at some point, and if we don't, it just means a different option worked out better than expected. So options at the position are definitely a good thing.
Nieto served a 50-game suspension to start the 2011 season for testing positive for banned substances.
Here's a breakdown of Nieto and him being plucked out of the Nationals' system from their perspective.