The Cincinnati Reds selected outfielder/catcher Blake Sabol from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the MLB version of the Rule 5 draft on Wednesday evening as the winter meetings came to a close. Cincinnati then traded him to the San Francisco Giants less than two hours later for a player to be named later and cash considerations. In the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft the team picked up two right-handed pitchers, selecting Kyle Glogoski in the 1st round and Brooks Crawford in the 2nd round.
The rules for the minor league version of the Rule 5 draft after very different. In the big leagues players that are selected will have to remain on the MLB roster all season or be offered back. In the minor league phase of the Rule 5 that doesn’t apply at all – a player selected is able to be placed on any of the minor league rosters for their new team and there are no restrictions.
The New Zealand native is probably familiar to some players he’ll be joining in the spring. Back in 2019 while playing for the Clearwater Phillies he started a no-hitter against the Daytona Tortugas in his High-A debut. Glogoski covered the first five innings of that game before two relievers came on to finish things out.
The 6′ 2″ right-handed pitcher didn’t pitch much in 2021. After the first month of the season he spent the next three months on the injured list before returning to pitch on a rehab assignment in complex ball. In 2022 he was back in A-ball. He missed the first five weeks of the season before heading back to Clearwater in Single-A. He pitched in relief for two games there before joining High-A Jersey Shore. He spent the rest of the season there where he made 12 starts and four relief appearances. Between the two stops he posted a 2.78 ERA in 68.0 innings with 24 walks and 80 strikeouts.
The Florida State League, where he pitched his first two games of the season, has Hawkeye at the ballparks he pitched in. Thanks to that data being public we can see that he was throwing a fastball (87-90 MPH), a change up (upper 70’s), and a slider (upper 70’s). He dominated right-handed hitters, holding them to a .207/.298/.300 line during the season. Lefties hit .248/.296/.457 against him during the year. You can see his career stats here.
The 26-year-old out of Clemson had a good season with High-A Eugene in 2022. He posted a 3.18 ERA in 43 games out of the bullpen, pitching 56.2 innings with 20 walks and 64 strikeouts. Much of his season came as a 25-year-old. Crawford was dominant throughout the season with the lone exception of July. During the month of July he posted a 6.57 ERA. Over the course of the rest of the season he had an ERA of 2.23. You can see his career stats here.