Nationals Rule 5 Eligibles

Here is your official list of Rule 5 eligibles from the Nationals


POS Player Acquired Original DOB
SS Alvarez, Carlos 06IFA (WAS) 06IFA (WAS) 11/25/1985
CA Burke, Jamie 09minF/A 93D (9-ANA) 9/24/1971
UTIL Bynum, Seth 04NDFA (MTL) 04NDFA (MTL) 12/19/1980
OF Daniel, Mike* 05D (7-WAS) 05D (7-WAS) 8/17/1984
OF Davis, Leonard* 04D (8-MTL) 04D (8-MTL) 12/24/1983
OF Feirmant, Charlie 09minF/A 03D (4-MIL) 10/11/1985
1B Fox, Adam 09min F/A 03D (10-TEX) 11/23/1981
MIF Heredia, Valerio# 07minF/A 04IFA (CHC) 3/14/1986
CA Ivany, Devin 04D (6-MTL) 04D (6-MTL) 7/27/1982
UTIL Jacobsen, Robby 06D (22-WAS) 06D (22-WAS) 8/30/1984
OF Lowrance, Marvin* 04D (7-MTL) 04D (7-MTL) 7/16/1984
MIF Martinez, Michael# 05IFA (WAS) 05IFA (WAS) 9/16/1982
OF Montilla, Angelberth 05IFA (WAS) 05IFA (WAS) 4/11/1989
UTIL Nelson, Dan# 08minF/A 04D (13-STL) 2/12/1984
CA Nichols, Patrick 06D (16-WAS) 06D (16-WAS) 9/12/1984
IF Orr, Pete* 07minF/A 99NDFA (ATL) 6/8/1979
CIF Pahuta, Tim* 05D (18-WAS) 05D (18-WAS) 5/3/1983
CA Peacock, Brian 04Ddfe (34-MTL) 04Ddfe (34-MTL) 8/26/1984
OF Plasencea, Francisco* 04minF/A (WAS) 00IFA (MIL) 6/9/1984
CA Poppert, John 04D (17-MTL) 04D (17-MTL) 4/14/1982
CA Rooney, Sean# 06D (8-WAS) 06D (8-WAS) 4/12/1986
CA Solano, Jhonathan 05IFA (WAS) 05IFA (WAS) 8/12/1985
OF Valdez, Jesus 08minF/A 02IFA (CHC) 11/2/1984


POS Player Acquired Original DOB
SP Arnesen, Erik 06D (17-WAS) 06D (17-WAS) 3/19/1984
SP Carr, Adam 06D (18-WAS) 06D (18-WAS) 4/1/1984
RP De La Rosa, Ruben 05IFA (WAS) 05IFA (WAS) 4/2/1987
RP Engles, Terrence 04NDFA (MTL) 04NDFA (MTL) 11/12/1985
RP Estrada, Jesse 09minF/A 04D (31-CHC) 10/27/1983
SP Eusebio, Wilson 05IFA (WAS) 05IFA (WAS) 8/20/1988
RP Fabian, Robinson 09trd (COL) 03IFA (COL) 2/10/1986
RP Figuereo, Johan 04IFA (MTL) 04IFA (MTL) 3/2/1986
RP Garcia, Luis 09trd (LAD) 04IFA (LAD) 1/30/1987
RP Kensing, Logan 09Trd (FLA) 03D (2-FLA) 7/3/1982
RP Kimball, Cole 06D (12-WAS) 06D (12-WAS) 8/1/1985
RP Leatherman, Dan 08minF/A 06NDFA (MIN) 7/12/1985
RP Lugo, Chris 04D (28-MTL) 04D (28-MTL) 11/10/1986
RP Martinez, Carlos 04IFA (MTL) 04IFA (MTL) 3/30/1984
RP Matias, Randy 04IFA (MTL) 04IFA (MTL) 9/19/1986
RP Novoa, Yunior* 06minF/A 02IFA (CWS) 9/11/1984
RP Pena, Hassan 06D (13-WAS) 06D (13-WAS) 3/25/1985
RP Peralta, Carlos 07minF/A 04IFA (TEX) 7/29/1985
RP Perez, Julio 05IFA (WAS) 05IFA (WAS) 10/26/1987
SP Pinales, Jose 06IFA (WAS) 06IFA (WAS) 9/1/1985
RP Rodriguez, Osvaldo 08minF/A 03IFA (LAD) 6/10/1984
RP Spradlin, Jack* 05D (8-WAS) 05D (8-WAS) 9/23/1984
RP Tanco, Federico 05IFA (WAS) 05IFA (WAS) 4/15/1986
RP VanAllen, Cory* 06D (5-WAS) 06D (5-WAS) 12/24/1984
RP Wilkie, Josh 06NDFA (WAS) 06NDFA (WAS) 7/22/1984
RP Zinicola, Zech 06D (6-WAS) 06D (6-WAS) 3/2/1985

All of these players are available for the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft. I only missed six players from my original list (Carlos Alvarez, Jamie Burke, Wilson Eusebio, Adam Fox, Angelberth Montilla, & Jose Pinales) while having two guys on the list who have either been released or are not actually eligible (Yhonson Lopez & Jose Taveras).

Still working on trying to figure out who is eligible for the Triple and Double-A portions from the list above. Teams are allowed to protect guys at each level after the major league portion of the R5 ends. Additional players are protected prior to the Triple-A portion, excluding them from selection. And after the Triple-A portion ends, more players can be protected prior to the Double-A portion of the draft. Typically, any player of note not protected on the 40-man will get protection prior to the Triple-A portion (see Yunior Novoa or Josh Wilkie).

  1. #1 by JayB - December 1st, 2009 at 17:21


    Did not a few of these guys get added to the 40 man a few weeks back thus they are not eligible any more?

  2. #2 by Brian Oliver - December 1st, 2009 at 17:23

    Good catch … was still updating the list and hit post vice save

  3. #3 by JayB - December 1st, 2009 at 17:25

    Thanks for the hard work…..wish there were more news….season ticket sales must be at a stand still right about now.

  4. #4 by Positively Half St. - December 1st, 2009 at 19:20

    I guess this yet again is a knock on the Post that we have no idea to whom the Nats offered arbitration today. The moves of other teams are pretty clear by now, in large part.

  5. #5 by BinM - December 1st, 2009 at 19:31

    Brian: Correct me if I’m wrong , but isn’t eligibility based on prior year levels – At the AAA portion of the rule-V, only players who were at AA-or-lower levels are eligible?

  6. #6 by BinM - December 1st, 2009 at 19:45

    Clearly I missed something along the way – when did the Nationals acquire Adam Fox?

  7. #7 by Mark L - December 1st, 2009 at 20:48

    Thanks, Brian, for all the hard work. I can understand your soft spot for Wilkie; I’m very curious the thinking of sendinghim to the AFL, and after he does well, THEN not protecting him. I hope when you get a chance you’ll ask Rizzo about this.

    Fan favorite is not of trivial importance with a 100 loss team. Especially after he got that terrific writeup in the Post just a few days before.

  8. #8 by Positively Half St. - December 2nd, 2009 at 08:32

    Perhaps Wilkie gets included in a trade early in the week, and this all becomes moot.

  9. #9 by Brian Oliver - December 2nd, 2009 at 08:42

    BinM – The eligibility for the minor league portion of the R5 draft isn’t based on highest level played at. Each team has the ability to protect a certain number of players at the Triple-A level, preventing their selection during the Triple-A portion. But this does not necessarily mean they are going to be assigned to Triple-A.

    As for Fox, he was a minor league F/A signing

    Mark/PHS – It will be interesting to see what happens with Wilkie. It seems the Nationals are assuming that they can slip a RHRP who doesn’t throw in the high-90s through the R5.

  10. #10 by Mark L - December 2nd, 2009 at 12:38

    I hope they’re right!

  11. #11 by Marcus - December 2nd, 2009 at 13:31

    Adam Foster ranks D. Norris as the 5th best catching prospect in the minors.

  12. #12 by VladiHondo - December 2nd, 2009 at 13:58

    Is Carlos “Smiley” Alvarez on the list because of his “alleged” age at signing vs actual (7 year gap) or actual signing age vs “alleged” current age? (negative 2)

    Sorry, couldn’t resist ;)

  13. #13 by Louis J - December 2nd, 2009 at 17:00


    Bill Ladson’s article dated 12/02/2009 states, ” The Nationals could be a major players in the Rule 5 draft…..No doubt they’ll be looking for pitching”. Since the Nats are at the 40 man limit on their major league roster, they will not be able the draft for that roster. Is Ladson referring to the minor league levels rosters?

  14. #14 by Brian Oliver - December 2nd, 2009 at 18:19

    Louis – They have until 12/8 to clear 40-man spots … and there are spots they can clear

  15. #15 by Scot - December 2nd, 2009 at 18:31

    Espinosa and Desmond are #6 and #8 at ProjectProspect

  16. #16 by Wallyball - December 2nd, 2009 at 21:57

    Each of those guys listed by ProjectProspect are ahead of some big prospect names. I haven’t heard of it before, but the favorable reports are welcome. Here is a Rule 5 snippet from Klaw, NatsTown’s favorite analyst:

    The current CBA gutted the player pool for the Rule 5 Draft, but there’s already one name building up some buzz: Angels pitcher Bobby Cassevah. A star high school quarterback who had committed to LSU, he signed with the Angels in 2004 for $175,000 after having Tommy John surgery. Cassevah is a groundball machine; he has a groundball rate of 70.3% per, with average fastball velocity, occasionally flashing a 94.

  17. #17 by VladiHondo - December 3rd, 2009 at 00:04

    One area where one should look is the Winter Leagues.

    Joakim Soria was pretty unimpressive until his season in the Mexican winter league before the Rule 5 draft. He dominated and KC took a flyer on him. 3 years and 89 saves later, he’s still their closer.

  18. #18 by Louis J. - December 3rd, 2009 at 00:30

    Brian, Thanks…I didn’t know about the Dec 8th date..I agree that there are players they can clear if necesaary.

  19. #19 by Mary - December 3rd, 2009 at 10:25

    The two players that are not eligible: Jose Taveras. What is going to happend to them in March 2010 for the spring training

  20. #20 by Mark L - December 3rd, 2009 at 10:56

    Thanks, Scot, thats juicy stuff for the seamheads at NFA.

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