Thursday, December 12, 2013

Reds lose a player, gain a player in Rule 5 Draft

There were a couple Reds-related moves in Major League Baseball's Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.

With a full 40-man roster already intact, Cincinnati chose not to pursue any players in the major league portion of the draft, however, they did dip into the Triple-A round by selecting RHP Mikey O'Brien from the New York Yankees with the 14th pick. O'Brien went 8-10 with a 4.17 ERA in 25 starts between Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2013. The 23-year-old is a native of Roanoke, Virginia and was drafted in the 9th round of the 2008 Draft by the Yanks.

Meanwhile, the Reds also lost a player to the Rule 5 Draft. The Washington Nationals plucked speedy outfielder Theo Bowe from the Reds with the 13th pick in the Triple-A round. In 99 games with Double-A Pensacola last season, Bowe hit .206/.260/.307 with 19 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. As putrid as those statistics seem, Bowe did have a solid season in 2012, posting a .314/.391/.383 line with 58 stolen bases at Single-A Bakersfield. So obviously the Nationals are hoping Bowe returns to that kind of form.

To read more about the Rule 5 Draft, click here.

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