Twins get pitcher in Rule 5 draft swap

BY foxsports • December 14, 2016

The Minnesota Twins drafted one pitcher in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft but ended up with another.

The Twins owned the No. 1 pick in the draft and selected pitcher Miguel Diaz from the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Minnesota traded Diaz to San Diego for a player to be named later or cash.

The Twins then acquired right-hander Justin Haley from the Padres immediately after he was traded to them by the Los Angeles Angels, who took the pitcher from Boston with the eighth selection in the draft.

Players taken in the Rule 5 draft -- even if traded to another team -- must remain in the major leagues for the entire season or, if he passes through waivers unclaimed, be offered back to the original team for $50,000, or half the cost of drafting the player.

Haley was a sixth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2012 out of Fresno State. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound righty was tabbed the 28th-best prospect in Boston's organization after the 2014 season.

Last season he split time between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. He appeared in 15 games with 14 starts for Pawtucket with a 3.59 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings. With the Sea Dogs, Haley started 12 games with a 2.20 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings.

Pitching for Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Republic this offseason, Haley has a 0.38 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings. notes Haley pitches using a three-quarter delivery and has a fastball in the 88-92 mph range, although he has reached 95. The website projected his major-league role as a fifth starter or in the bullpen.

Haley is the fifth pitcher selected by the Twins in the Rule 5 draft since 2005, joining J.R. Graham (2014), Ryan Pressley (2012), Terry Doyle (2011), Scott Diamond (2010) and Jason Jones (2008), as well as infielder Alejandro Machado (2006) and outfielder Jason Pridie (2005).

A member of the Twins' Triple-A affiliate was also selected.

Catcher Stuart Turner was taken in the second round by the Cincinnati Reds.

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