Thursday, December 6, 2012
Dodgers add two, subtract one
By Mark Saxon
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.