How the Yankees' 2016 Rule 5 losses fared in 2017
That's actually a smaller haul than the Yankees lost last year, when four were taken in the major-league portion but three others left in the minor-league phase. But how much of a "loss" did the Yankees actually take in 2016? Here is a look at how those seven fared in 2017:
C Luis Torrens
Torrens was selected No. 2 overall by Cincinnati and then dealt to San Diego, where he spent the entire year. The 21-year-old appeared in 56 games for the Padres, hitting .163 with seven RBI in 139 plate appearances, and remains in their organization.
RHP Tyler Jones
Jones was selected sixth overall by Arizona, but returned to the Yankees during Spring Training. He spent all of 2017 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 6-4 with a 4.38 ERA in 44 games and striking out 76 in 63 2/3 innings, and he became a minor-league free agent at the conclusion of the season.
LHP Caleb Smith
Smith was taken No. 7 overall by Milwaukee and dealt to the Chicago Cubs, but he was returned to the Yankees before the start of the season. The lefty ended up making his major-league debut mid-summer, finishing with a 7.71 ERA in 18 2/3 innings over nine MLB outings, and he was also 9-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 100 2/3 innings over 19 games (17 starts) in the Minors. Smith finished 2017 on the Yankees' 40-man roster, but he was traded to Miami just prior to this year's Rule 5 protection deadline.
LHP Tyler Webb
Webb was taken tenth overall by the Pirates, but Pittsburgh returned him just prior to the end of Spring Training. The lanky lefty ended up making his MLB debut in pinstripes, posting a 4.50 ERA in seven outings, and he was also 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA in 21 games in Triple-A before being dealt to Milwaukee for first baseman Garrett Cooper during the All-Star break. Webb split the remainder of the season between the Brewers and Triple-A Colorado Springs, posting a 6.48 ERA in the Minors and allowing two earned runs over two innings in two major-league outings.
RHP Ty Hensley
A former first-round pick, Hensley was selected third overall in the minor-league phase of last year's Rule 5 Draft by the Rays, but he missed the entirety of the 2017 season after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in mid-2016.
RHP Kelvin Magallanes
Magallanes was taken 11th overall by Kansas City in the minor-league phase, but he made just one appearance in the Rookie-level Arizona League, allowing eight runs in 1 2/3 innings, before being released by the Royals.
INF Kevin Cornelius
The Cubs selected Cornelius with the 22nd and final pick of the first round of the minor-league phase, and the 25-year-old spent the entire season at Double-A Tennessee. He played mostly first base, and hit .197 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 52 games.
The Yankees didn't make any major-league selections but did choose two players in last year's minor-league phase, and here's a look at how those players performed as Baby Bombers:
C Jorge Saez
The Yankees chose Saez 13th overall in the minor-league phase out of the Blue Jays organization, and he spent most of 2017 at Double-A Trenton, where he hit .249 with nine homers and 34 RBI in 67 games. Saez also played two games at High-A Tampa, where he was 2-for-9 with two RBI.
RHP Colten Brewer
Brewer was the seventh selection of the second round (29th overall) out of the Pirates organization and he made 41 appearances across three levels (High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A), going 3-1 with a 2.82 ERA and striking out 69 in 60 2/3 innings. He is no longer with the organization, however, as the Padres signed him to a major-league deal in late-November.