BluGrass Baseball Rule 5 Recap

Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball

Ben Jukich; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr

We told you earlier about one Kentucky minor league team member that was selected in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft, but he wasn’t the only player with Bluegrass ties taken. The St. Louis Cardinals selected 2009 Louisville Bats starting pitcher Ben Jukich with the 16th pick in the first round of the major league portion of the draft. “The idea is that he could be anything, really,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told Matthew Leach of MLB.com. “He’s someone who can pitch more than an inning. He has been used in the past as a starter. He gives us some flexibility.” For now Jukich looks to be a long-reliever for the team. (Read more)

Two former Lexington Legends were selected in the AAA portion of the draft. Right-handed pitcher Jose Duran, who was 2-1 with a 1.66 ERA in eight games with the Legends in 2008, was selected by the Norfolk Tides in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Duran spent 2009 at high A Lancaster where he was 2-5 with an 8.06 ERA. Outfielder Nick Moresi, who spent parts of 2007 and 2008 in Lexington, was selected by the Syracuse Chiefs of the Washington Nationals organization. Moresi batted .223 in 101 games between high A Lancaster and AA Corpus Christi in 2009.

You can see every Rule 5 pick here.

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