A pair of Dodgers prospects were plucked from the organization in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at the winter meetings in Nashville. Catcher Carson Taylor is now a member of the Phillies organization, and pitcher Darlin Pinales is with the Diamondbacks.
No Dodgers were selected in the major league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, after losing three players in the 2022 version last December.
The Dodgers did not take anyone in either the major league or the minor league portion of the draft. Technically they couldn’t have drafted anyone in the major league portion because the 40-man roster was full thanks to earlier Wednesday morning, when the Dodgers finalized their one-year, $9 million contract for outfielder Jason Heyward.
Unlike the major league portion, there are no roster requirements for players taken in the minor league Rule 5 Draft. So Taylor is now with the Phillies and Pinales with Arizona, both off of their organization’s respective 40-man roster.
Taylor was drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round in 2020 out of Virginia Tech. The lefty-hitting catcher hit .221/.310/.370 with 10 home runs and a 80 wRC+ in 77 games in his second season with Double-A Tulsa in 2023.
Pinales is a 6’3 right-hander who started last season in the Arizona Complex League and ended up with Low-A Rancho Cucamonga, where he posted a 9.86 ERA with 25 runs (23 earned runs) on 22 hits in 21 innings, with 31 walks and 24 strikeouts. The Dodgers signed Pinales out of the Dominican Republic in 2019. He turned 21 in August.