Yankees Lose 2 & Get 2 in Rule 5 Draft

The Yankees acquired LHP Robert Fish and RHP Daniel Turpen and lost RHP’s George Kontos and Lance Pendleton in today’s Rule 5 draft.

These players now have to be held on their drafting team’s 25-man roster all season long or be offered back to their original team. Fish was acquired from the Angels, Turpen from the Red Sox and both Kontos and Pendleton went to the Padres.

Fish, will be 23 when the season starts, is a hard throwing lefty who has struggled at the upper levels of the minor leagues. In 39 games at Double-A last season he he had a 8.93 ERA and a 2.055 WHIP. His walk rate was a little high at 3.8 BB/9, but he did have an impressive strikeout rate at 10.2 K/9. He’s an extreme longshot to stick on their roster, but they’ll at least give him a shot to impress in spring training.

It’s hard to see what they like in Turpen. He’s 24 and does not have overly impressive numbers in the minors. Last season was spent in Double-A. He had a 4.30 ERA over 69 innings with a 1.464 WHIP, a 3.7 BB/9, and a 7.8 K/9 rate. I can’t see any way he sticks with the major league team even for a day. In fact, I expect him to be one of the earlier cuts in spring training.

Kontos, 25, is probably the biggest loss here. He throws hard and has had decent success in the minors. He missed parts of 2009 and 2010 with Tommy John surgery, but has since had success coming out of the bullpen. He could stick with the Padres.

Finally there is the 27-year-old Pendleton. He has a realistic outside chance of sticking with the Padres, but don’t expect him to be overly effective. With the Yankees he would have been a mop-up man at most.

Overall I don’t like seeing Kontos go. He could have been a decent option as a reliever and now he’s gone and probably won’t come back. The additions of Fish and Turpen don’t do much for me. Fish is at least interesting though. We’ll see how he does in spring training.

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2 Responses to Yankees Lose 2 & Get 2 in Rule 5 Draft

  1. Mike says:

    Curiously enough… the padres got more in Kontos than in the Adrián González trade…

  2. Kontos is not nearly as good as any of those prospects. The Yankees would gladly trade him for any one of them in a second.