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Pirates Select LHP Jose Hernandez In Rule 5 Draft; Lose Blake Sabol To Reds

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Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 Draft returned this year after it was cancelled last offseason due to the lockout. The Pittsburgh Pirates were on the clock with the third pick.

With that pick, the Pirates selected left-handed pitcher Jose Hernandez from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hernandez., 24, split 2022 between the Dodgers’ High-A and Double-A affiliates. In total, Hernandez went 4-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 51 games/two starts spanning 59.2 innings.

The left-hander struck out 69 batters and walked 25. He limited opponents to a .636 OPS against.

As is the rule with Rule 5 selections, Hernandez will need to be on the Pirates’ active roster for 90 days during the regular season. If the Pirates wish to remove Hernandez from the 40-ma roster, he will need to be placed on waivers and either get claimed by another club or offered back to Los Angeles.

Hernandez gives the Pirates another lefty reliever in the bullpen heading into 2023.

The Cincinnati Reds were on the clock the pick after the Pirates in the draft and selected catcher/outfielder Blake Sabol, who had worked his way up to Triple-A with the Pirates.

The Bucs decided to not add Sabol to their 40-man roster at the roster protection deadline last month.

Sabol combined for an .859 OPS. 26 doubles and 19 home runs in 123 games between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis last year.

The Bucs originally selected Sabol in the seventh round of the 2019 MLB Draft.

In the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft, the Pirates made a pair of selections.

RHP Kai-Wei Teng (Giants)

  • 2022 stats (minors): 6-12, 5.22 ERA, 136.1 innings, 122 hits, 85 walks, 169 strikeouts, 28 appearances/28 starts
  • Career stats (minors): 21-21, 3.96 ERA, 354.1 innings, 290 hits, 174 walks, 446 strikeouts, 73 appearances/71 starts

OF Josh Palacios (Nationals)

  • 2022 stats (MLB): .214/.255/.245, two doubles, two RBIs, one steal, 29 games
  • 2022 stats (minors): .294/.379/.439, 12 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 48 RBIs, 21 steals, 82 games

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