The Arizona Diamondbacks have claimed right-handed pitcher Juan Jaime off
waivers from the Washington Nationals and have selected right-handed pitchers
Josh Collmenter and Yonata Ortega to the club's 40-man roster. The
roster now stands at 39 players, which gives Arizona the flexibility to add
someone in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.
Most of the Diamondbacks' minor league talent is not yet eligible for the
Rule 5 Draft. Any player not on a team’s 40-man
roster who signed his first professional contract in 2007 or earlier who was at
least 19 years old at the time he signed and any player who signed his first
professional contract in 2006 or earlier who was at least 18 years or younger at
the time he signed is eligible for the Rule 5 draft this December.
Although the Diamondbacks almost certainly will not
lose anyone to the Rule 5 draft, RHP Wes Roemer, SS/2B Mark Hallberg, C Sean Coughlin, and OF Evan Frey headline the club's Rule 5-eligible prospects.
Dominican native Juan Jaime was signed by the Nationals as a non-drafted free
agent on December 7, 2004. The 23-year-old hurler missed the 2010
season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in April. Over
parts of five seasons in the Nationals farm system, he posted an 11-3 record and
2.43 ERA with 82 walks and 160 strikeouts in 126 innings (14 starts in 42
Josh Collmenter, 24, combined to win 14 games last season, tied for third
among all minor league pitchers, after splitting the season between Hi-A
Visalia, Double-A Mobile, and Triple-A Reno. Over parts of four seasons in the
D-backs organization, he owns a 40-27 record and 3.52 ERA with 174 walks and 465
strikeouts. Collmenter was selected by the D-backs in the 15th round of the 2007
First-Year Player Draft and went 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA in seven Arizona Fall
League starts this autumn.
Yonata Ortega was signed by the D-backs as a non-drafted free agent on July
5, 2004. The 24-year-old Dominican posted a 4-4 record and 3.48 ERA (21 ER in
54.1 IP) with 18 walks and 56 strikeouts over 48 games between Low-A South Bend
and Hi-A Visalia this season. He led the organization with 33 total saves and
was named to the Midwest League Postseason All-Star team. Over parts of six
seasons in the D-backs organization, he owns a 6-16 record and 4.59 ERA with 93
walks and 187 strikeouts in 202 innings.
The moves bring the D-backs' 40-man roster to 39 players:
Pitchers (21): Blaine Boyer, D.J. Carrasco, Sam Demel, Barry Enright,
Juan Gutierrez, Daniel Hudson, Juan Jaime, Ian Kennedy, Zach Kroenke (L), Roque Mercedes, Kevin Mulvey, Jordan Norberto (L), Rafael Rodriguez, Carlos Rosa, Joe Saunders (L), Leyson Septimo (L), Daniel Stange, Brian Sweeney, and Esmerling Vasquez;
Catchers (3): John Hester, Miguel Montero, and Konrad Schmidt
Infielders (10): Tony Abreu, Brandon Allen, Geoff Blum, Stephen Drew,
Kelly Johnson, Juan Miranda, Augie Ojeda, Mark Reynolds, Ryan Roberts, and Rusty Ryal
Outfielders (5): Ryan Church, Cole Gillespie, Gerardo Parra, Justin Upton, and Chris Young.
Are you a full member of
FutureBacks.com? If not, then you are missing out on the top
Diamondbacks coverage we provide to our premium members, as well as full
access to over 400 other Scout.com sites.
Join us today!