The Dodgers lost Alfredo Silverio for all of 2012 after a car accident, and on Thursday lost Silverio to the Miami Marlins in the Rule 5 Draft on the final day of the winter meetings in Nashville. The Marlins took Silverio with the sixth overall pick in the first round.
The Dodgers get $50,000 for Silverio, who must be kept on the active roster all season. Players taken in the Rule 5 can be placed on the disabled list, but can't simply be stashed. A player must spend at least 90 days on the active roster of his new team.
If Miami wants to remove Silverio from the active roster, it must first offer him back to the Dodgers, who can have him back for $25,000 if they so choose.
Silverio missed all of 2012 after suffering multiple injuries in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Jan. 23. He underwent Tommy John surgery in May, and was designated for assignment on Nov. 1. Silverio was re-signed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
He hit .306/.340/.542 with 76 extra-base hits in 132 games for Double-A Chattanooga in 2011. John Sickels at Minor League Ball said Silverio had a "moderate" chance to stick with the Marlins all year long.
"Silverio is an aggressive hitter with above-average power, some speed, and a strong throwing arm," Sickels wrote. "His plate discipline is shaky and we'll have to see how well he can work the injury rust off, but he does have a high ceiling."
Baseball America checked in as well with a scouting report.
6. #Marlins: Alfredo Silverio, of. Top #Dodgers position prospect before missing yr after car accident. Five avg or better tools #Rule5 (JC)— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) December 6, 2012
The Dodgers passed and did not draft anyone. Their 40-man roster remains at 38.
The last time the Dodgers lost a player in the Rule 5 Draft was in 2009, when Jamie Hoffmann went to the Nationals and was subsequently traded to the Yankees. Hoffmann was returned to the Dodgers in spring training in 2010.
In the minor league portion of the draft, the Dodgers selected infielder Elevys Gonzalez from the Pirates and right-handed pitcher Hector Nelo from the Nationals in the Triple A phase. The Dodgers must pay $12,000 for each player selected in the Triple-A phase.
Gonzalez, 23, hit .206/.306/.331 for Class-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona in 2012, including .196/.274/.291 in 50 games in Double-A. The Venezuelan infielder split time between second and third base in 2012. The switch-hitter has been primarily a third baseman throughout his minor league career, playing 242 of his 375 games in the field at the hot corner.
Here are the year-by-year profiles of Gonzalez by Pirates Prospects, and here is a video of Gonzalez from 2011:
Nelo, 26, was 1-6 with a 2.73 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg in 2012, with 63 strikeouts and 29 walks in 52⅔ innings. Matt Eddy of Baseball America offered a scouting report:
#Dodgers minor lge Rule 5 RHP Hector Nelo pitches with double-plus fastball. Allowed .229 AVG, 1.8 G/F in Double-A & struck out 33% of RHB.— Matt Eddy (@eddymk) December 6, 2012
Though looking at Minor League Central, it looks like Eddy may have meant left-handed batters, as Nelo struck out 29 of 89 lefties faced in 2012 (32.6). Nelo struck out 24.1% of right-handed batters, and held them to hitting .227/.331/.294 against him. Nelo did have a 52.2% ground ball rate in 2012.