Braves take 3 minor leaguers in Rule 5 Draft

Braves acquired minor league infielder Riley Unroe in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft.
Braves acquired minor league infielder Riley Unroe in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft.

Credit: Stephen Smith

Credit: Stephen Smith

The Atlanta Braves lost no players in baseball’s Rule 5 Draft on the final day of Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.

Atlanta selected three players in the minor league phase of the draft.

Atlanta selected right-haner Jason Creasy from Arizona, right-hander Rafael De Paula from Cincinnati and shortstop Riley Unroe from the Los Angeles Angels.

Creasy has a 4.09 ERA over seven minor league seasons. De Paula pitched a 3.41 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A this season. Unroe, who plays three infield positions, batted .228 with 4 homers and 11 stolen bases at two highest minor league levels in 2018.

Fourteen players were picked in the major league phase of the Rule 5 Draft — none by Atlanta. The cost of each player selected is $100,000, and a player must remain in the major leagues for all of next season or be offered back to his former team for $50,000.

Baltimore selected shortstop Richie Martin from Oakland with the first pick. The 23-year-old Martin hit .300 with six homers, 42 RBIs and 25 stolen bases this year for Double-A Midland of the Texas League.

Also picked were right-hander Elvis Luciano (Toronto from Kansas City), Sam McWilliams (Kansas City from Tampa Bay), right-hander Jordan Romano (Chicago White Sox from Toronto, then traded to Texas), right-hander Riley Ferrell (Miami from Houston), right-hander Reed Garrett (Detroit from Texas), catcher Connor Joe (Cincinnati from Los Angeles Dodgers), right-hander Chris Ellis (Texas from St. Louis), left-hander Travis Bergen (San Francisco from Toronto), right-hander Kyle Dowdy (New York Mets from Cleveland), shortstop Drew Jackson (Philadelphia from Dodgers), right-hander Nick Green (Arizona from New York Yankees), right-hander Brandon Brennan (Seattle from Colorado) and center fielder Andrew Ferguson (San Francisco from Houston).

Several of the picks were then dealt to other teams. Ellis was sent to Kansas City for cash and Jackson to Baltimore for international signing bonus allocation.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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