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Tampa Bay’s prospect-focused approach means the club has an almost perpetual roster crunch. This year, as usual, there is a passel of intriguing arms who got left off the 40-man. RHP Joel Peguero is 23 and hasn’t pitched above A ball, but he has a 70-grade fastball that regularly hangs out in the triple digits with an above-average slider. He has the typical command issues that come with this profile and Tampa Bay kept him stashed in A ball in 2019 (maybe anticipating hiding him from prying Rule 5 eyes), but he clearly overmatched opponents in the Midwest League despite middling strikeout numbers. Peguero lands just outside the Rays’ Top 30 prospects on FanGraphs. He has some experience pitching in the ABL, where his triple-digit fastball caught local media attention:

I'd take a guy like this and play the roster hiding game

https://www.lookoutlanding.com/2020/12/1/21735997/possible-mariners-rule-5-targets-for-2020-basically-the-entire-montgomery-biscuits-roster

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The biggest name is 2B/OF , who is ranked among the Top 20 of Padres prospects,

Only has played in A+ .... .276/.339/.444 in 4 minor league systems

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SS CANDIDATE .....  .291/.352/.431 in 300 ABs at AA in 2019.

 

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I was also surprised to see the Dodgers didn’t protect INF Omar Estévez, who was a real little pest whenever the Arkansas Travelers played the Tulsa Drillers in 2019

5 Errors in 207 innings in 2019 at SS.

 

https://www.lookoutlanding.com/2020/12/1/21735997/possible-mariners-rule-5-targets-for-2020-basically-the-entire-montgomery-biscuits-roster

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2 minutes ago, Sports Guy said:

I don’t think it’s necessary to add anyone but I would be ok to take a chance on a young hard thrower and see if you keep him over Lakins.

Sterling Sharp might be a candidate that is worth a shot

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1 minute ago, Roll Tide said:

Any thoughts about SS Kevin Smith from Toronto?

https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=smith-010kev

I see zero reason to pick up anyone like this.

I don’t think they should add anyone but, like I said, a power BP arm could be intriguing.  Can’t really justify any other type of player imo.

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1 minute ago, Sports Guy said:

I see zero reason to pick up anyone like this.

If you were ever going to get a guy like this now would be the time as we don't care about winning.

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Here's a mention of Pop on a Detroit site!

 

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Baltimore Orioles

Mason McCoy – SS – Gamer type with below-average pop and fringe skills across the board.

Brenan Hanifee – RHP – Sinker/slider specialist with average stuff but an ideal frame.

Cody Sedlock – RHP – Former 1st rounder with pedestrian stuff and an injury history

Ofelky Peralta – RHP – Reliever with a plus fastball but below-average secondaries and poor command.

Cameron Bishop – LHP – Stalled starter could find life as a lefty reliever with above-average velo.

Zach Pop – RHP – Reliever with upper-90s sinker and above-average slider, but Tommy John surgery in mid 201

https://motorcitybengals.com/2020/11/29/detroit-tigers-rule-5-draft-names/

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When Elias took Martin the infield depth in the system was barren. No one is ready yet but the depth is much better. So if Elias takes an INF here it would be to help get through the 2021 season. Are any of these players capable of playing solid defense at SS or 3rd and even if they are, is it a worthwhile pick?

Ruiz is what he is but he is not awful at 3rd with the glove, not great but not awful. We know the massive hole at SS. 

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7 minutes ago, eddie83 said:

When Elias took Martin the infield depth in the system was barren. No one is ready yet but the depth is much better. So if Elias takes an INF here it would be to help get through the 2021 season. Are any of these players capable of playing solid defense at SS or 3rd and even if they are, is it a worthwhile pick?

Ruiz is what he is but he is not awful at 3rd with the glove, not great but not awful. We know the massive hole at SS. 

I'd go with Erick Mejia as he's 26 and held his own at AAA .279/.331/.382.

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Another possible option might be Infielder Omar Estevez who has held his own at AA at the age of 21. He hit .291/.352/.784  despite his age diff being -2.8

https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=esteve000oma

 

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the 22-year-old is a no-doubt second baseman in the big leagues due to a lack of range and arm strength. On the flip side, he’s shown himself to be a quality hitter over his last two MiLB seasons, batting a combined .283. That’s about as high a batting average as you’ll get for someone in this draft, and it might be all he can do, but it’s the essential part of the skillset.

 

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4 minutes ago, Roll Tide said:

I'd go with Erick Mejia as he's 26 and held his own at AAA .279/.331/.382.

I don’t think major league quality defenders with solid bats are left for the Rule 5 draft. They would be traded already if blocked.

Obviously I know nothing about these specific players.  

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5 minutes ago, eddie83 said:

I don’t think major league quality defenders with solid bats are left for the Rule 5 draft. They would be traded already if blocked.

Obviously I know nothing about these specific players.  

This was from Fangraphs in 2018

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Erick Mejia, UTIL (from Dodgers)
Mejia had a respectable 2017 at Double-A Tulsa, slashing .289/.357/.413 while learning third base and seeing lots of time at more familiar positions, shortstop and second. The switch-hitting 23-year-old has viable swings from both sides of the plate and projects to have an average hit tool with below-average game power. He’s a flashy albeit somewhat erratic defender and only average in aggregate, though he has the athleticism and range (he’s a plus runner) to be above average if he can continue to refine his defense. He projects as a utility infielder.

 

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