The Los Angeles Dodgers added top prospects Chase De Jong (RHP), Kyle Farmer (C), and Jacob Rhame (RHP) to complete their 40-man roster. The deadline for all 30 MLB teams to add players to their 40-man roster was at 8 p.m. ET on Friday.
De Jong, 22, is the highest ranked Dodgers prospect at 17th after having a great 2016 season. He started off the year in Double-A Tulsa and finished at Triple-A Oklahoma City. With 26 combined starts, De Jong posted a 15-5 record and 2.82 ERA while striking out 133 batters and walking 40. He pitched 147.0 innings which is the most innings pitched by any Dodgers minor league player in the 2016 season.
During his time in Double-A Tulsa, Farmer was an All-Star hitting .256 with five homers and 31 RBIs in 74 games. The 26-year-old catcher joins Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes as the only catchers on the Dodgers 40-man roster.
Rhame, 23, is the Dodgers 19th-ranked prospect with a 1-7 record and 3.29 ERA at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He also collected seven saves and 70 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) November 19, 2016
According to MLB.com Rule 5 Draft:
“All players on a Major League Baseball team’s 40-man roster, regardless of other eligibility factors, are “protected” and ineligible for the Rule 5 Draft.”
The players that were not chosen for the 40-man roster will be selected in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 8, at the Winter Meetings. The Rule 5 Draft is the second player draft that the MLB holds, the first is the First-Year Player Draft.
Players can only be signed and are eligible are:
- Players that were 19 or older and have played in professional baseball for four years
- Players that are 18-years-old and have played for five years
Here are the Dodgers prospects that are left unprotected:
- Chris Anderson (RHP)
- Ralston Cash (RHP)
- Erisbel Arruebarrena (SS)
What do you think about the three newly added players to the roster?