The expectation around Major League Baseball was that the Rule 5 draft would be much different in 2020 than in years past. That was based on the fact that there was not a minor league season in 2020, so teams could not see players develop in other organizations. That turned out to be very wrong, as the Dodgers alone lost out on 8 of their own prospects.
The Rule 5 draft opens up non-40-man rostered players to be taken by other organizations. Clubs must pay $100,000 per player selected in the Major League portion of the draft. If he does not stay on the MLB roster for the full season, then he must be offered back to his team for half of that cost. There are no roster restrictions for the minor league picks. The Dodgers lost 2 in the Major League phase.
In the first round of the Major League phase, the Rangers took RHP Brett de Geus from the Dodgers with the second pick. De Geus was Los Angeles’ number 27 prospect with 2 professional seasons under his belt. They also lost prized 2017 first-round pick Jordan Sheffield to the Rockies a few picks later.
In the minor league rounds, the Dodgers lost a few more arms in Shea Spitzbarth and Tyler Gilbert. They also lost shortstop Errol Robinson, outfielder Chris Roller, infielder Drew Jackson, and infielder Marcus Chiu. Aside from de Geus, the Dodgers did not lose any players rated out in their top 30 prospects.
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