Twins select P Graham in Rule 5 draft

BY foxsports • December 11, 2014

The Minnesota Twins have been active in recent Rule 5 drafts, and this year was no exception.

The Twins on Thursday took right-handed pitcher J.R. Graham from the Atlanta Braves. Graham, 24, spent last season with Double-A Mississippi and was 1-5 with a 5.55 ERA in 27 games (19 starts). He struck out 50 batters and walked 26 in 71 1/3 innings.

Graham was a fourth-round pick by the Braves in the 2011 draft. He's made 61 career starts in four minor-league seasons.

The Twins also lost left-hander Sean Gilmartin to the New York Mets in Thursday's Rule 5 draft. Gilmartin split the 2014 season between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester and had a combined 3.71 ERA in 26 starts. 

According to the minor-league rule book, a team that selects a player in the Rule 5 Draft pays $50,000 to the team from which he was selected. The receiving team must then keep the player on the major-league 25-man roster for the entirety of the next season, and the selected player must remain active (not on the disabled list) for a minimum of 90 days. If the player does not remain on the major-league roster, he is offered back to the team from which he was selected for $25,000. If his original team declines, the receiving team may waive the player.

Once a player is selected, he is automatically assigned to his new organization's 40-man roster.

The Twins also took a player in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft by selecting right-hander Greg Peavey from the Mets. Peavey, 26, split the 2014 season between Double-A and Triple-A and had an overall ERA of 4.64 in 24 starts. Also in the minor-league phase, the Twins lost left-hander Matt Tomshaw to Miami.

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