Dodgers add two, subtract one

December, 6, 2012
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Rule 5 draft, otherwise known as the final bell for the winter meetings, is typically a low-impact affair. Every once in a while, a team finds a hidden gem. Josh Hamilton, Johan Santana and Joakim Soria all were Rule 5 picks early in their careers.

Maybe Thursday's draft will prove more meaningful than we all realize. The Dodgers lost one player in the major-league phase Thursday, Triple-A outfielder Alfredo Silverio to the Miami Marlins, and added a couple of players to their Triple-A roster: infielder Elevys Gonzalez from Pittsburgh's system and right-handed pitcher Hector Nelo from Washington's Double-A club.

Silverio, once one of the Dodgers' brighter prospects, missed all of 2012 after a January car accident in the Dominican Republic. He had ligament-replacement surgery on his elbow in May.

He hit .306 in Double-A in 2011. If the Marlins don't keep him on their major-league roster all season, the Dodgers could reclaim him.

The Dodgers figured Gonzalez was worth a pick based on his 2011 season, when he batted .322 with 83 RBIs in Single-A Bradenton. He struggled last season, batting .206 between Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. Nelo, 26, had a 2.73 ERA in 47 relief appearances for Double-A Harrisburg last year.

In the Rule 5 draft, teams are able to select players not on other teams' 40-man rosters.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.296 16 69 92
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
WC. Kershaw 21
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239