Prospects Joe Dunand, Brian Miller and Riley Mahan are among those who the Marlins have protected from the minor league phase of December’s MLB Rule 5 Draft.
In advance of Major League Baseball’s Friday 6 p.m. ET deadline, the Marlins added the following players to the Triple-A Wichita Wind Surge roster: 1B Lázaro Alonso, SS Bryson Brigman, OF Jorge Caballero, C Arquimedes Cumana, SS Joe Dunand, LHP Sean Guenther, RHP Alberto Guerrero, RHP Colton Hock, CF Thomas Jones, 2B Riley Mahan, LF Brian Miller, LHP Luis Palacios, RHP Brady Puckett, RHP Remey Reed, 1B Sean Reynolds, RHP Josh Roberson, CF Dalvy Rosario, SS Demetrius Sims and RHP Tyler Stevens.
With the exceptions of Brigman and Stevens, these players were acquired during the Jeffrey Loria era (via the amateur draft and international free agency).
All of them had been eligible to be selected in next month’s Rule 5 Draft—that’s still the case because the Marlins opted not to make room for them on the major league (40-man) roster. Other teams will be able to acquire them by paying the Fish a $100,000 draft fee and adding them to their own 40-man. However, these transactions protect them from being snatched by other teams in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5.
They join right-hander Tommy Eveld, left-hander Dylan Lee, infielder Christopher Torres and right-hander George Soriano who were already on the roster because they were previously Rule 5-eligible in 2019.
The Triple-A roster has only 38 spots, per J.J. Cooper of Baseball America. To make room for the 19 players mentioned above, the Marlins reassigned outfielder Corey Bird and right-hander Brett Graves from Triple-A to the Double-A Jacksonville roster. Evidently, the organization is more willing to part ways with them.