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Blue Jays Organization Rule 5 Draft Eligibility


Earlier this week when the Jays were making roster moves, I was thinking about roster space on the 40 man and which players needed to be added to be protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. I had previously seen a list for the Rangers that listed all their players according to when they were Rule 5 eligible, but couldn't find a similar one for the Jays, so I decided to create one for future reference.   

 Quick Primer on the Rule 5 Draft:

The Rule 5 Draft exists to prevent teams from stockpiling prospects in their minor league system without giving them a Major League opportunity. At the Winter Meetings, teams draft from the available players in reverse order of finish. To prevent a player from being claimed, his team has to add him to the 40 man roster. A claim costs $50,000 and the player has to stay on the Major League roster for the entire year or be offered back to his original team

Players who were 18 and under when they signed can’t be claimed for the first 4 Rule 5 drafts and players who were 19 and older can’t be claimed for the first 3 Rule 5 drafts from the time they first sign. So for 2011, this generally means high schoolers drafted in 2007, college players drafted in 2008, and international free agents signed in 2006/07 (depending when they signed - if they sign after the minor league season ends, it can be a contract for the following season, so the Rule 5 clock is delayed a year).

Notes:

1) I have endeavoured to include every player in the Blue Jays organization. I started with a list of all pitchers and hitters who played in 2011 (thanks to Gerse for pointing this out to me), and then cross-referenced it against all Blue Jays drafts from 2005-11, Baseball America's phenomenal minor league transactions pages, and the Blue Jays' transactions page. I'm hopeful that I got everyone, but it's possible that I missed a few of the Latin American players. Please point out any omissions (subject to notes 2 and 3) so I can include them in my list.

2) On the lists below, I have generally not included any international free agent signing who has not yet played in North America. For a lot of these guys, signing info is generally unavailable. I did include recent high-profile signings since they are obviously of interest.

3) I have uploaded the Excel file I used to compile the list. Other than the Rule 5 list, it has my comprehensive list of all players, as well as a Draft tab which summarizes the status of all 2005-11 draftees. If anyone wants any of this data, it's easily available. If you do use it, there is some data missing for some players, and if anyone knows any of the blanks, I'd appreciate if you left a comment so I can update my file (same goes for any errors).

http://www.fileserve.com/file/TSBq8xm/Blue Jays Organization Rule 5 Eligibility v1.0.xls

4) Some of the international players are difficult to pin down in terms of when their Rule 5 clocks started - as outlined above, depending on their age and exactly when they sign, it can be set back a year (which is good for the club). When unsure of the status, I have assumed the earliest eligibility, but italicized the player. For players where I am sure this is the case, I noted this with the letter "a" after the year (ie, 2007a for Carlos Perez

5) NFDA is Non-Drafted Free Agent. This includes both international players as well as North American players the Jays signed who weren't drafted.

                     2011 FIRST TIME ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
Name Pos DOB Acquired
Kevin Ahrens 3B 4/26/1989 2007 (1)
John Anderson LHP 11/9/1988 2008 (28)
Yeico Aponte RF 12/17/1988 2007 NDFA
Daniel Arcila 2B 7/4/1990 2007 NDFA
Matt Daly RHP 8/14/1986 2008 (13)
Scott Gracey RHP 10/15/1986 2008 (15)
Leo Hernandez C 2/22/1990 2007 NDFA
Chris Hopkins CF 9/10/1987 2008 (24)
Justin Jackson RF 12/11/1988 2007 (1s)
Bryan Kervin SS 3/23/1985 2008 (27)
Andrew Liebel RHP 3/22/1986 2008 (3)
Brad McElroy LF 4/24/1986 2008 (25)
Luis Mendez RHP 10/14/1989 2007 NDFA
Carlos Pina LHP 3/5/1990 2007 NDFA
Jared Potts LHP 7/4/1985 2008 NDFA
Milciades Santana RHP 1/20/1989 2008 NDFA
Mark Sobolewski 3B 12/24/1986 2008 (4)
Jon Talley 1B 2/18/1989 2007 (13)
John Tolisano LF 10/7/1988 2007 (2)
Brian Van Kirk LF 8/10/1985 2008 (21)
Jose Vargas  LHP 7/19/1990 2007 NDFA
Marcus Walden RHP 9/13/1988 2007 (9)
Matt Wright LHP 5/7/1987 2008 (12)
                  2011 PREVIOUSLY ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
Name Pos DOB Acquired
Sean Shoffit RHP 6/9/1985 2005 (15)
Casey Beck RHP 3/28/1987 2009 NDFA
Scott Campbell SS 9/25/1984 2006 (10)
Jonathan Diaz SS 4/10/1985 2006 (12)
Luis Hurtado C 11/4/1988 2005 NDFA
Randy Boone RHP 8/6/1984 2007 (7)
Oliver Dominguez 2B 4/23/1989 2006 NDFA
Aleson Escalante RHP 8/29/1988 2006 NDFA
Balbino Fuenmayor 3B 11/26/1989 2006 NDFA
Frank Gailey LHP 11/18/1985 2007 (23)
Alex Ramirez RHP 2/11/1990 2006 NDFA
Alexys Rodriguez C 11/23/1988 2006 NDFA
Roan Salas 3B 6/9/1990 2006 NDFA
                      2012 FIRST TIME ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
Name Pos DOB Acquired
Dustin Antolin RHP 8/9/1989 2008 (11)
Markus Brisker RF 8/21/1990 2008 (6)
Michael Crouse RF 11/22/1990 2008 (16)
Misaul Diaz RHP 12/20/1989 2008 NDFA
Matt Fields RHP 7/10/1986 2009 (22)
Brad Glenn RF 4/2/1987 2009 (23)
Ryan Goins SS 2/13/1988 2009 (4)
Yan Gomes C 7/19/1987 2009 (10)
Anthony Gose CF 8/10/1990 2010 Trade
Shawn Griffith RHP 5/24/1987 2009 (37)
Yudelmis Hernandez 1B 5/18/1987 2009 (38)
Sony Javier RF 6/15/1991 2008 NDFA
Chad Jenkins RHP 12/22/1987 2009 (1)
A.J. Jimenez C 5/1/1990 2008 (9)
Brandon Kaye RHP 8/16/1988 2011 NDFA
Aaron Loup LHP 12/19/1987 2009 (9)
Jack Murphy C 4/6/1988 2009 (31)
Kevin Nolan SS 12/13/1987 2009 (20)
Matt Nuzzo 2B 3/18/1987 2009 (24)
Sean Ochinko DH 10/21/1987 2009 (11)
Garis Pena SS 3/10/1992 2008 NDFA
Alex Pepe LHP 4/14/1987 2009 (36)
Carlos Perez C 10/27/1990 2007a NDFA
Gustavo Pierre SS 12/28/1991 2008 NDFA
Carlos Ramirez RF 4/24/1991 2008 NDFA
Ryan Schimpf 2B 3/11/1988 2009 (5)
Randy Schwartz 1B 1/25/1986 2009 NDFA
Brian Slover RHP 6/10/1988 2009 (8)
Egan Smith LHP 3/16/1989 2009 (7)
Sam Strickland LHP 6/9/1987 2009 (25)
Ryan Tepera RHP 11/3/1987 2009 (19)
Steve Turnbull RHP 11/25/1986 2009 (17)
Denny Valdez  RHP 5/8/1990 2008 NDFA
Daniel Webb RHP 8/18/1989 2009 (18)
Kenny Wilson CF 1/30/1990 2008 (2)
Tyler Ybarra LHP 12/11/1989 2008 (43)
                      2013 FIRST TIME ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
Name Pos DOB Acquired
Matt Abraham SS 1/27/1987 2010 (49)
Danny Barnes RHP 10/21/1989 2010 (35)
Brandon Berl RHP 4/9/1988 2010 (40)
Joe Bowen C 9/25/1987 2010 NDFA
Zack Breault RHP 12/6/1988 2010 NDFA
Julio Carmona RHP 10/10/1990 2009 NDFA
Art Charles 1B 11/10/1990 2010 (20)
Sam Dyson RHP 5/7/1988 2010 (4)
Drew Elliott LHP 8/2/1988 2010 NDFA
Deivy Estrada  RHP 8/22/1992 2009 NDFA
Wes Etheridge RHP 8/12/1984 2010 NDFA
Andy Fermin 3B 7/27/1989 2010 (32)
Christian Frias 2B 7/19/1989 2010 NDFA
Travis Garrett RHP 10/27/1989 2010 (19)
Jesse Hernandez RHP 8/23/1988 2010 NDFA
K.C. Hobson 1B 8/22/1990 2009 (6)
Drew Hutchison RHP 8/22/1990 2009 (15)
Matt Johnson SS 5/26/1988 2010 NDFA
Jonathan Jones CF 8/2/1989 2010 (29)
Marcus Knecht LF 6/21/1990 2010 (3s)
Casey Lawrence RHP 10/28/1987 2010 NDFA
Bryan Longpre RHP 7/13/1987 2010 NDFA
Garrett Maines C 2/7/1987 2010 NDFA
Jake Marisnick CF 3/30/1991 2009 (3)
Dayton Marze RHP 1/1/1989 2010 (14)
Deck McGuire RHP 6/23/1989 2010 (1)
Stephen McQuail LF 6/10/1989 2010 (30)
Ronald Melendez CF 9/29/1989 2010 (24)
Griffin Murphy LHP 1/16/1991 2010 (2)
Bryson Namba 3B 1/31/1991 2009 (12)
Santiago Nessy C 12/8/1992 2009 NDFA
Sean Nolin LHP 12/26/1989 2010 (6)
Drew Permison RHP 2/24/1989 2010 (42)
Tyler Powell RHP 2/16/1989 2010 (34)
Nicholas Purdy RHP 10/2/1989 2010 NDFA
Pierce Rankin C 4/26/1989 2010 (38)
Asher Wojciechowski RHP 12/21/1988 2010 (1s)
                      2014 FIRST TIME ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
Name Pos DOB Acquired
Zak Adams LHP 3/19/1992 2010 (15)
Eric Arce LF 11/29/1991 2011 (25)
Kenen Bailli RF 1/25/1985 2011 NDFA
Nicholas Baligod RF 9/28/1987 2011 (40)
Cody Bartlett SS 7/22/1988 2011 (41)
Jonathon Berti 2B 1/22/1990 2011 (18)
Eli Boike RF 12/26/1987 2011 NDFA
Colby Broussard RHP 5/8/1989 2011 (44)
Eric Brown RHP 2/23/1989 2011 (50)
Philip Brua RHP 4/3/1989 2011 NDFA
Andrew Burns 3B 8/7/1990 2011 (11)
Adonys Cardona RHP 1/16/1994 2010 NDFA
George Carroll 1B 4/17/1988 2011 NDFA
Gabriel Cenas 3B 10/16/1993 2010 NDFA
Kramer Champlin RHP 3/8/1990 2011 (33)
Taylor Cole RHP 8/20/1989 2011 (29)
Kevin Comer RHP 8/1/1992 2011 (1s)
Seth Conner 3B 1/29/1992 2010 (41)
Shane Davis LHP 4/19/1988 2011 (42)
Anthony DeSclafani RHP 4/18/1990 2011 (6)
Myles Duvall RHP 4/23/1989 2011 NDFA
Shane Farrell RHP 5/28/1989 2011 (46)
Melvin Garcia CF 9/17/1991 2010 (33)
Angel Gomez RF 1/12/1992 2010 (23)
Christopher Hawkins LF 8/17/1991 2010 (3)
Myles Jaye RHP 12/28/1991 2010 (17)
Tucker Jensen RHP 8/3/1989 2011 NDFA
Ian Kadish RHP 8/29/1988 2011 NDFA
Adaric Kelly RHP 12/1/1992 2010 (28)
Jonathan Lucas RHP 12/12/1987 2011 NDFA
Luis Martin CF 2/12/1994 2010 NDFA
Blake McFarland RHP 2/2/1988 2011 NDFA
Ajay Meyer RHP 7/19/1987 2011 NDFA
Peter Mooney SS 8/19/1990 2011 (21)
Aaron Munoz C 12/24/1988 2011 (34)
Jorge Navarette LHP 9/25/1989 2010a NDFA
Matt Newman LF 9/20/1988 2011 NDFA
Justin Nicolino LHP 11/22/1991 2010 (2)
Shane Opitz SS 1/10/1992 2010 (11)
Kevin Patterson 1B 9/28/1988 2011 (30)
Chris Peters 2B 12/29/1988 2011 NDFA
Kevin Pillar CF 1/4/1989 2011 (32)
Dalton Pompey CF 12/11/1992 2010 (16)
David Rollins LHP 12/21/1989 2011 (24)
Chris Roman RHP 4/22/1989 2011 NDFA
Aaron Sanchez RHP 7/1/1992 2010 (1s)
Chris Schaeffer C 11/19/1987 2011 NDFA
Andrew Sikula RHP 12/21/1988 2011 (36)
John Stilson RHP 7/28/1990 2011 (3)
Kellen Sweeney 3B 9/14/1991 2010 (2s)
Noah Syndergaard RHP 8/29/1992 2010 (1s)
Mitchell Taylor LHP 5/11/1992 2010 (7)
Nico Taylor RF 2/9/1990 2011 (38)
Randall Thompson RHP 5/18/1989 2011 NDFA
Dickie Thon SS 11/16/1991 2010 (5)
Jorge Vega-Rosado SS 12/5/1991 2011 (28)
Ben White RHP 5/10/1989 2011 NDFA
Les Williams RHP 3/2/1989 2011 (37)
Luke Willson 1B 1/15/1990 2011 NDFA
                      2015 FIRST TIME ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
Name Pos DOB Acquired
Jacob Anderson RF 11/22/1992 2011 (1s)
Justin Atkinson 3B 7/24/1993 2011 (26)
Wilmer Becerra 10/1/1994 2011 NDFA
Mark Biggs RHP 5/10/1993 2011 (8)
Manuel Cordova RHP 1/17/1995 2011 NDFA
Matthew Dean 3B 12/22/1992 2011 (13)
Brady Dragmire RHP 2/5/1993 2011 (17)
Jeremy Gabryszwski RHP 3/16/1993 2011 (2)
Jesus Gonzalez OF 1/11/1995 2011 NDFA
Osman Gutierrez RHP 12/15/1994 2011 NDFA
Jairo Labourt LHP 3/7/1994 2011 NDFA
Christian Lopes IF 10/1/1992 2011 (7)
Derrick Loveless CF 3/7/1993 2011 (27)
Dawel Lugo SS 12/13/1994 2011 NDFA
Joseph Musgrove RHP 12/4/1992 2011 (1s)
Daniel Norris LHP 4/25/1993 2011 (2)
Roberto Osuna  RHP 2/7/1995 2011 NDFA
Thomas Robson RHP 6/27/1993 2011 (4)
Dwight Smith IF 10/26/1992 2011 (1s)
Alberto Tirado RHP 12/10/1994 2011 NDFA

Some Observations:

1) There's a catcher crunch coming next year unless there's a trade or someone is moved to a different position. Carlos Perez and A.J. Jimenez both have to be added next year, with Arencibia and d'Arnaud already there. Four catchers would be a lot to carry on the 40-man.

2) Kevin Comer is listed as eligible in 2014, while the rest of the 2011 high school drafted cohort is 2015. This is because his birth date is August 1, 1992, so he was already 19 when he signed at the August deadline. I don't know if there is an exception for this since he was right out of high school, but I'm assuming not.

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