Now that rosters have been set at 40 it will be time to start the dialogue of who is out there and who may be drafted. Yes, it is true that most players drafted in the Rule 5 draft are returned to their original teams but it is also true that over the years there have been some impact players selected. Josh Hamilton, Joakim Soria, Johan Santana, and Shane Victorino to name a few.
Since many of us follow more organizations than just the Rays it may be helpful to have a spot to post those names in another organization that may not be familiar to Rays fans and who the Rays may be interested in selecting. Additionally, feel free to discuss who the Rays may lose in the Rule 5. As many know, I follow the Indians as well as the Rays and have identified two players that I believe the Rays could take a risk at picking up.
RP - Rob Bryson (23 years old): Acquired by the Indians along with Michael Brantley, Matt LaPorta, and Zach Jackson for CC Sabathia. The hard throwing right handed pitcher has had trouble commanding his stuff as well as staying healthy. Bryson pitched in 30 games last season between low A Lake County, AA Akron, and AAA Columbus posting a 2-1 record with an ERA of 2.29 with 11 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9.
RP - Bryce Stowell: (25 years old): Drafted by the Indians in the 22nd round of the 2008 draft. Hard throwing reliever with K ability. In 2010 Stowell pitched in Kinston, Akron, and Columbus and struck out 102 batters in 67.2 innings pitched while posting a record of 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA with a K/9 of 13.6 and a BB/9 of 4.8. Stowell had his 2011 season derailed by a personal issue but did return to pitch in Mahoning Valley, Lake County, and Akron in 2011. Overall, he appeared in 24 games posting a 1-1 record with a 2.09 ERA and a K/9 of 13.3 and a BB/9 of 4.9. He struck out 57 batters in 38.2 innings pitched.