2004 Rule 5 Draft Profiles
By Joe Barbieri SportsTicker Staff Writer
BRISTOL, Connecticut - The following are profiles of the players selected in the 2004 Rule 5 Draft:
Angel Garcia, rhp, (Devil Rays from Diamondbacks): A fourth-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2001, the 21-year-old Garcia has gone 8-8 with a 3.57 ERA in 42 games, including 24 starts. After 37 games at the rookie level, the 6-7, 210-pound Garcia was promoted to Quad City of the Class A Midwest League in August and went 2-0 with a 6.30 ERA in five appearances. In the rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2002, Garcia ranked second among league relievers with 13.7 strikeouts per nine innings. He was traded to Tampa Bay by Arizona for cash considerations after the draft.
Andy Sisco, lhp, (Royals): The 6-9, 250-pound Sisco was a second-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 2001. In four minor league seasons, the 21-year-old has gone 18-20 with a 3.71 ERA and 365 strikeouts in 332 innings. Sisco was a short-season Class A Northwest League All-Star in 2002 when he went 7-2 with 2.43 ERA and a league-high 101 strikeouts in 14 starts. In 2004, he went 4-10 with a 4.21 ERA and set a career high with 134 strikeouts with Daytona of the Class A Florida State League.
Tyrell Godwin, of, (Nationals): A third-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001, Godwin has hit .278 with 10 home runs and 117 RBIs in four minor league seasons. In his first full season at Class AA with New Hampshire in 2004, the 25-year-old lefthanded hitter batted .253 and set career highs with seven triples, six homers, 85 runs and 42 stolen bases.
Marcos Carvajal, rhp, (Rockies from Brewers): Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in 2000, Carvajal has gone 10-7 with a 2.10 ERA in 82 games, with all but 11 coming in relief. The 20-year-old native of Venezuela split last season between Columbus of the Class A South Atlantic League and Jacksonville of the Class AA Southern League, going 4-2 with a 1.80 ERA, one save and 75 strikeouts in 74 innings. Selected by Milwaukee in the Rule 5 draft, he was traded to Colorado for two minor leaguers and cash.
Matt Merricks, lhp, (Rockies): A sixth-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2000, Merricks has gone 24-33 with a 3.55 ERA over five minor league seasons. The 22-year-old went 6-6 with a 3.68 ERA in 19 appearances between Class A and Class AA last season before being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers for reliever Tom Martin and cash on July 31. In his only action in the Dodgers system, he went 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA in six games with Vero Beach of the Class A Florida State League.
Luke Hagerty, lhp, (Marlins from Orioles): A supplemental first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 2002, the 6-7, 230-pound Hagerty has gone 5-6 with a 2.80 ERA in 18 games, including 16 starts. Hagerty was second among short-season Class A Northwest League starters with a .189 average against in 2002. He went 5-3 with a 1.13 ERA in 10 starts that season but missed all of 2003 recovering from "Tommy John" surgery. The 23-year-old went 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA between two short-season stops last season. He was traded to the Marlins from the Baltimore Orioles following the Rule 5 draft.
Shane Victorino, of, (Phillies): Originally a sixth-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1999, Victorino has hit .276 with 34 home runs, 198 RBIs and 165 stolen bases in 559 career minor league games. Victorino, who turned 24 on November 30, hit .290 with 19 homers and 63 RBIs in 130 games split between Class AA and Class AAA last season. He was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 2002 Rule 5 draft and hit .151 with four RBIs in 36 games with the major league club in 2003 before being returned to the Dodgers that May.
Tyler Johnson, lhp, (Athletics): The 23-year-old Johnson has gone 24-12 with a 2.85 ERA in four minor league seasons since being selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 34th round in 2000. In 2002 with Peoria of the Class A Midwest League, he went 15-3 with a 2.00 ERA and led league starters with 9.48 strikeouts per nine innings. Last season, the 6-2, 200-pounder went 2-2 with a 4.79 ERA in 53 relief appearances at Class AA.
Ryan Rowland-Smith, lhp, (Twins): Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Seattle Mariners in 2000, Rowland-Smith has gone 14-8 with 11 saves and a 3.56 ERA over four minor league seasons. The 21-year-old went 5-3 with a 3.79 ERA in 29 games, including 12 starts, this past year with Inland Empire of the Class A California League. He struck out a career-high 119 batters in 99 2/3 innings.
D.J. Houlton, rhp, (Dodgers): An 11th-round pick by the Houston Astros in 2001, Houlton has gone 39-23 with a 3.34 ERA and 521 strikeouts in 547 1/3 innings over four minor league seasons. The 25-year-old Houlton, who set a career high with 14 wins in 2002, went 12-5 with a 2.94 ERA in a career-high 28 starts with Round Rock of the Class AA Texas League last season.
Adam Stern, of, (Red Sox): A .279 hitter with 12 home runs and 117 RBIs over four minor league seasons, Stern was the Atlanta Braves' third-round pick in 2001. In his first season above Class A, the 24-year-old Stern hit .322 with eight homers, 47 RBIs and 27 stolen bases with Greenville of the Class AA Southern League last season. In 2002, Stern stole a career-high 40 bases in 48 attempts.
Tony Blanco, 1b-of, (Nationals): Originally signed by the Boston Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent in 1998, Blanco was traded to the Cincinnati Reds with righthander Josh Thigpen for second baseman Todd Walker in December 2002. In six minor league seasons, the 23-year-old Blanco has hit .274 with 83 and 319 RBIs. Last season, he set career highs with 29 homers and 78 RBIs between Class A and Class AA.
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