The San Diego Padres, who finished 68-94 last season, have used Thursday's Rule 5 draft to try to add some much-needed talent to their roster by adding four players -- including the top three selection -- to their roster.
The Padres reportedly will trade for the first two players selected (right-hander Miguel Diaz and catcher Luis Torrens) and selected shortstop Allen Cordoba with the No. 3 pick from the St. Louis Cardinals. They also acquired right-hander Justin Haley, the No. 8 selection in the Rule 5 draft, in a trade after he was selected by the Los Angeles Angels.
Rule 5 picks must remain on a major league roster for the entire season or be offered back to their previous team. The Rule 5 draft traditionally marks the end of baseball's winter meetings.
Diaz, a 22-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, was 1-8 with a 3.71 ERA in 26 appearances (15 starts) for the Brewers' Single-A team in the Midwest League, Wisconsin.
Torrens, a 20-year-old from Venezuela, batted .250 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 314 plate appearances in two stops in the Yankees' system, finishing the year at Charleston, New York's Single-A team in the South Atlantic League.
Cordoba, a 21-year-old from Panama, hit .362 with 18 RBIs in 220 plate appearances for Johnson City, the Cardinals' rookie league team in the Appalachian League.
Shortstop Josh Rutledge was the only player with major league experience to be selected in the draft. The Red Sox selected Rutledge with the No. 14 pick from the Colorado Rockies, bringing him back to their organization. Rutledge, who played for the Red Sox in both 2015 and '16 had signed as a free agent with the Rockies in November. He hit .265 with six doubles and three RBIs in 56 plate appearances for Boston last season but had season-ending knee surgery in August.
The Reds and Baltimore Orioles were the only teams to select two players in the major league portion of the draft. The Reds selected Torrens and catcher Stuart Turner (no. 18 from the Twins).
The Tampa Rays selected right-handed pitcher Kevin Gadea at No. 4 from the Seattle Mariners and the Atlanta Braves picked right-handed reliever Armando Rivero from the Chicago Cubs to round out the top five.
The World Series champion Cubs didn't select a player in the draft but did acquire one of the players selected, getting left-handed pitcher Caleb Smith from the Brewers, who had selected him at No. 7 from the Yankees.
The Yankees had the most players picked from their organization -- Torrens, right-handed pitchers Tyler Jones (no. 6, Arizona Diamondbacks) and Smith, and left-hander Tyler Webb (No. 10, Pittsburgh Pirates).
The Red Sox and Kansas City Royals, with two players selected, were the only other teams to lose multiple prospects Thursday. Boston lost Haley and second baseman Aneury Tavarez (No. 12, Orioles). Kansas City lost left hander Daniel Stumpf (No. 11, Detroit Tigers) and right-hander Glenn Sparkman (No. 12, Toronto Blue Jays).