Thursday, November 20, 2014
Today is the deadline for teams to add Rule 5 Draft eligible players to their 40-man rosters. Any players who are eligible, but aren’t added to a roster, can be plucked away by other teams during the Dec. 11 selection.
Players eligible for the draft mostly include high school and international players signed in 2010 and college players signed in 2010.
The Yankees currently have 36 spots filled on their 40-man roster. Here’s a look at the notable players they will consider protecting.
I’ll save you the pain of watching the slide show and list the 10 players the article runs through:
1. Tyler Austin, OF
2. Mason Williams, OF
3. Kyle Roller, 1B
4. Mark Montgomery, RHP
5. Branden Pinder, RHP
6. Cito Culver, SS
7. Zach Nuding, RHP
8. Matt Tracy, LHP
9. Nik Turley, LHP
10. Danny Burawa, RHP
I think Burawa and Austin are just about locks to be added to the 40 man roster. That leaves two spots for the other eight, although they could also free up spots being held by some of the more fringy players on the roster, like David Huff, Eury Perez, Zelous Wheeler, or Jacoby Ellsbury.
Update: Per Mark Feinsand on Twitter:
The Yankees added OF Tyler Austin, RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Branden Pinder & OF Mason Williams to 40-man roster to protect them from Rule 5.