The MLB Rule 5 draft will take place December 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. Last year the New York Mets ended up not taking a player in the Rule 5 draft. This year I’d like to submit 2 names for consideration if they are available when the Mets turn to pick comes around.
1. Jeff Kobernus, 2B, Nationals
The 24 year old Kobernus is described to be a very good glove defensively at 2B who has great range due to his speed. Kobernus stole 53 bases in 2011 while playing in the Carolina League and followed that with 42 stolen bases this year in the Eastern League. Who knows how many more he could have stolen since his season was cut short due to his fracturing a rib in a game where he was hit by a pitch not once but twice back on July 26. His speed along with his glove and range at 2B could be of use off the bench as a late-inning replacement for current 2B Daniel Murphy.
2. Josh Fields, RHP, Red Sox
The 27-year-old Fields was acquired by the Red Sox from the Mariners last year in the Erik Bedard trade. His curveball was rated the “Best Breaking Pitch in the Southern League in 2010.” In this article his fastball is said to be in the 93-94 mph range. Fields also throws a changeup that is described as a work in progress. Fields is currently pitching in the Dominican Winter League and has a 12.00 ERA in six innings pitched. Could the27-year-old be a worthy risk for a roster spot as a reliever in the Mets pen?
Other names I came across that I felt were at least worthy of a mention were Cubs RHP Nick Struck who happened to be named Cubs 2012 Pitcher of the Year, and A’s RHP James Simmons who allowed 2 hits over 11.1 IP for the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League following a season where he had a combined 2.89 ERA between AA & AAA.