Phillies protect #5 prospect from Rule 5 Draft
The Phillies have added Johan Rojas to the 40-man roster, protecting him from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, Dave Dombrowski announced just moments ago.
Johan Rojas was the only prospect protected out of the four eligible. As of right now, Erik Miller (7th), McKinley Moore (24th), and Alexeis Azujae (27th), are still not on the 40-man, with the deadline being tonight at 6:00 EST.
Rojas played in High-A and Double-A in 2022, slashing .260/.333/.387 with 4 HRs, 16 RBIs, and 61 hits in 60 games. The 5th ranked prospect has been lighting up the Arizona Fall League, hitting .310/.423/.452 in 12 total games. His ten runs scored, 13 hits, four doubles, and one triple have also helped punch his ticket to the AFL Fall Stars Game.
What is the Rule 5 Draft?
Per MLB.com: “Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $100,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. If that player doesn’t stay on the 25-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $50,000.”
The Rule 5 Draft takes place on December 5th. The Phillies made a few moves on last year’s deadline day, acquiring Garrett Stubbs, Donny Sands, and Nick Nelson. Expect a move to potentially be made over the next three hours with just 37 players on the 40-man roster as of right now.