Mets Rule V Draft. Another 2B Candidate?

What some Mets fans are going to have to start realizing is the simple fact that there is more to running a baseball organization than just offering up boat loads of money to free agents over 30 years old.

That’s where we as a fan base are stuck. We see the Yankees do it, and we think, “well why can’t we?”

We can. But the problem is, that’s not the only thing the Yankees do. The Yankees develop young talent as well. They don’t just build their team through free agency. Sure, they make big moves, but think about how they almost acquired Cliff Lee last year. It was for minor league prospects. A trade offer that was only matched by Texas at the last minute.

When Alderson came aboard, I had a feeling I’d like what I saw from the Rule V draft. After all, they have room on the 40 man roster, and he likes to find undervalued talent. So, this year’s Rule V draft seemed perfect for him.

The rule also states that the player must be active for at least 90 days, so that a team cannot draft a player and then place them on the DL for the better part of a season.

Each player drafted costs the team $50,000, if the player does not remain with the team’s 25 man roster, he is offered back to the original team for half the price.

The most famous Rule 5 pickup? Probably Johan Santana, although Josh Hamilton makes Tampa Bay regret not protecting him as well.

There are different segments of the Rule V Draft. A team may select a AA player, to play for their AAA team which costs $12,000. They may also select a Single A player to play for their AA team at the cost of $4,000.

The Rule V draft is a team’s chance to find a diamond in the rough.

The Mets have made their Rule V selections and they are as follows:

Major League Phase

2B Brad Emaus (TOR) – Now, what Mets fans need to remember is that Emaus must remain with the 25 man active roster or be offered back to Toronto for half the price. With that said, you have to assume that Emaus will be given a chance to be the Mets starting 2B. Don’t you? If you had to pick a weakness in the field, you’d pick 2B right? So the only reason to draft a 2B is if you think he has a chance to be a starter.

Emaus’ Player Page

This isn’t to say that I or the Mets think Emaus is the favorite for the spot. It does say, that the organization recognizes the weakness, and they took the best young 2B available. So this gives Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson, another option when it comes to figuring out what to do at 2B.

Emaus is no slouch. In Baseball Prospectus 2010 prospect rankings, his scouting report reads “A polished infield prospect via Tulane, Brad Emaus projects as a solid major league second baseman in the near future. His .302 average and 12 homers in 463 at-bats at high-A Dunedin helped propel him to the top of the Blue Jays’ prospect chart. If his line-drive swing can keep up with more advanced pitching, he could get a look in Toronto at the end of the year.”

Emaus is starting to look like a prototypical on base threat at 2B. Although he spent much of his time at 3B, we probably have to assume he’d play 2B if he made the team right?

Last year in Las Vegas he played in 87 games, hit .298, 25 doubles, 10HR, 49RBI, and a .395 OBP.

He also spent time in AA New Hampshire where he played 38 games, hit .272, 7 doubles, 5HR, 26RBI and a .402 OBP.

Personally, I’m excited about the pick. There’s no way to know if he will be on the Mets in 2011, the Rule V draft is a crapshoot by design. However, his numbers and his scouting reports show that he has value and is not a throw away player.

Triple-A Phase

The Mets also made two selections in the AAA phase of the Rule V draft. Proving that they are committed to rebuilding the farm system any way they can.

First, they selected RHP Ronny Morla from the Chicago Cubs.

Morla’s player page

Morla is a relief pitcher, and in 2010 he appeared in 43 Games. He pitched in 78.2 innings, striking out 86 batters, giving up 76 hits, and allowing 20 walks. His ERA was 4.00.

When you look at his minor league numbers, the one thing that stands out is the fact he has struck out more batters than innings pitched, each of the last 3 years.

The Mets also selected relief pitcher, Ricky Brooks from the Chicago White Sox.

Brooks’ Player Page

Double-A Phase

The Mets also picked up left handed hitting outfielder Quintin Berry from the San Diego Padres.

Berry’s player page

Berry is a speedster who was once a part of the Phillies farm system. His biggest issue is plate discipline, if he can figure it out, he could make an impact one day. However, that’s a long shot.

So there you have it. I’m going to watch Brad Emaus’ progress very closely. He’s an interesting pick because he plays a position that the Mets actually need. When you take a pitcher in the MLB Phase, you are usually wasting a pick in my opinion. The Mets recognized a need, and found a player that can compete for a job.

So, good luck Emaus. Hope to see you in uniform one day!

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Michael Branda grew up a Mets fan watching the mid 1980's teams and his favorite Met of all-time is (and was) Wally Backman. When it comes to sabermetrics versus old school thinking, he's in the middle and believes adopting new ways to get answers is helpful, especially when the old way has not produced results.