The annual Rule 5 Draft took place Thursday morning in Las Vegas. As the Winter Meetings come to a close, the Rule 5 Draft is a good way to put an end to a lackluster week. There were a number of Dodgers prospects and minor leaguers available for the Rule 5 Draft.
For those of you unaware of what the Rule 5 Draft is and what it entails, here is a pretty good explanation. With that said, there were two Dodgers chosen in the draft. Connor Joe, who played for both Tulsa and OKC this season, along with Drew Jackson, who played all season with the Drillers at the Double-A level, both picked up in the draft.
Connor Joe plays multiple positions, including the majority of his playing time spent at first base and third base. At the age of 26, Joe has yet to crack the big leagues. Connor had a solid 2018 season, spending time with both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. He hit .299 along with a .935 OPS, 17 home runs, and 55 RBI’s.
6. Reds. Connor Joe, C, from Dodgers. Conversion guy who has played a variety of positions. Didn't list a position but he has tried C lately.
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) December 13, 2018
The Reds held the number six pick overall in the 2018 Rule 5 draft, and chose Connor Joe. As you can see, JJ Cooper of Baseball America has Joe listed as a catcher here. Apparently Joe has been working at the catcher position. Connor Joe’s big upside is his ability to play multiple positions.
Not too far below the Connor Joe selection, middle infielder Drew Jackson was chosen by the Phillies at the eleven spot in the Rule 5 Draft. Drew Jackson ranks at number 19 in the Dodgers top 30 prospects list. Jackson is 25 years old and has played in the Dodgers organization for the past 4 seasons.
Appearing in 103 games at the Double-A level in Tulsa, Jackson split his time and both second base and shortstop. Our very own Tim Rogers broke down the Dodgers middle infield group of prospects. In that group contained young prospects such as Gavin Lux, Ronny Brito, as well as Drew Jackson. Tim notes that Jackson’s biggest asset is his strong arm and ability to throw across the diamond.
The Orioles have acquired Rule 5 selection INF Drew Jackson from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for International Signing Bonus Slot Money. pic.twitter.com/w05bDGgl7t
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) December 13, 2018
Following the Phillies decision to take Jackson, the Orioles announced that they have traded for Drew Jackson in exchange for International Signing Bonus Slot Money. The Orioles are in a rebuilding stage, and picking up someone like Jackson is a good move. Jackson could potentially make in to the big stage in the next few seasons, especially considering how scarce the Orioles big league potential is at this point.
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