Mariners News: Seattle Mariners Lose Three Players in Minor League Rule 5 Draft


The Seattle Mariners lost three players in the Minor League Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.  The Los Angeles Dodgers picked two players and the Cleveland Indians took one.

The Cleveland Indians picked left handed reliever Brian Moran and the Los Angeles Dodgers selected right handed reliever Logan Bawcom and outfielder Julio Morban.

Brian Moran was selected by Toronto in the Rule 5 process previously and traded to the Angels.  But he was eventually returned to the Mariners after going through Tommy John surgery.  The 27 year old left hander was 2-1 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in AA Jackson in 2015 in 30.1 innings pitched.  He was taken by the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 draft from the Mariners.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected 27 year old Logan Bawcom who was 2-4 with a 4.64 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 75.2 innings with the Tacoma Rainiers in 2015. The 6-foot-2 right handed reliever was traded to Seattle in 2012 from the Dodgers with outfielder Leon Landry for reliever Brandon League.  Bawcom is now back with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers also selected 23 year old Julio Morban.  Morban was thought of as a top prospect before he broke his leg in 2013. In 2015 he hit .206/.295/.313 in 48 games between AA Jackson and the Tacoma Rainiers.  His career minor league slash line is .270/.329/.470.  The left handed outfielder has spent his entire career in the Seattle Mariners minor league system until now.

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The minor league phases of the Rule 5 draft are different from the major league Rule 5 draft.  The players are not required to remain on a particular roster.  The player’s contracts are irrevocably assigned to the drafting team.