Today is the deadline for teams to add players to their 40 man roster and thus protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft on Dec 10th.
The Angels unsurprisingly added Brandon Marsh and Chris Rodriguez to their 40 man roster. Here is the list of player that did not protect from the Rule 5 draft.
Packy Naughton, LHP #12 prospect
Jose Soriano, RHP #13 prospect
Oliver Ortega, RHP #17 prospect
Livan Soto, SS #19 prospect
Orlando Martinez, OF #23 prospect
Kevin Maitan, 3B/SS/2B #24 prospect
Leonardo Rivas, SS #26 prospect
That is one heck of a long list! Naughton was who the Angel received from the Brian Goodwin trade and seems the most likely to be drafted. Naughton is age 24 and hasn’t pitched above AA but could probably hold his own in the majors for the right team. Soriano has been a top pitching prospect for years, but he 22 and hasn’t pitched above A ball and is recovering from TJ surgery which should keep him safe.
Jack Kruger was pretty much the catcher heir apparent at one point in time but the Angels have a huge lack of catching talent now at most levels. Mike Scioscia would not be proud. Billy Eppler picked up Kevin Maitain for 2.2 million in 2017 and he’s fluttered away since then. A few of the guys on the bottom of the list were recently acquisitions so no harm, no foul. They haven’t even put on an Angels jersey yet.
Keep in mind, teams aren’t going to grab most of these guys just because they aren’t on the 40 man roster – but, who are your favorites that didn’t make the cut?