LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers selected two pitchers in the minor league portion of the 2016 Rule 5 Draft, held on Thursday morning at the winter meetings in National Harbor, MD.
Left-handed pitcher Edward Paredes was drafted from the Tigers, and right-handed pitcher Kyle Grana was selected from the Cardinals.
No Dodgers minor leaguers were selected in the major league nor minor league portions of the Rule 5 Draft. Because the Dodgers have a full 40-man roster, they were ineligible to pick anyone in the major league phase.
Paredes is 30 from the Dominican Republic, and posted a 2.27 ERA in 46 games with Double-A Arkansas in the Angels system, with 53 strikeouts and 21 walks in 43⅔ innings. Left-handed batters hit .167/.286/.236 against him in 2016, and he had a 36.9% strikeout rate against lefties compared to 23.4% against righties.
Before 2016, Paredes was last in affiliated baseball in 2013 in the Indians’ system. He spent parts of three seasons with the independent York Revolution. He signed a minor league deal with Detroit on Nov 19.
Grana had a 3.12 ERA in 43 games for High-A Palm Beach in 2016, with 63 strikeouts and 27 walks in 53⅔ innings. He allowed two home runs in 2016, his only two home runs allowed in four minor league seasons and 178⅔ innings.
Grana turns 26 in April.
Unlike the major league phase, there is no roster restriction in the minor league phase. These players can be freely moved within the minors without having to offer them back to their original team.
The cost per selection in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft is $24,000 per player, doubled from last year under the new collective bargaining agreement.