#Cubs Rule 5 Draft results

The Cubs did not select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft but did pick three players in the Triple-A phase, including catcher David Freitas, and outfielders Mike O’Neill and Jesus Loya.

Freitas, 26, was a 15th round pick by the Nationals in 2010. He was dealt to the Orioles in 2013 as part of the Jim Johnson trade, and spent most of last season at Double-A Bowie where he batted .242 in 71 games with eight homers, 12 doubles and 33 RBIs.

The Cardinals selected O’Neill, 27, in the 31st round of the 2010 Draft, and the left-handed hitter was a combined .289 in 90 games last season at Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis. He has a career .412 on-base percentage.

Loya, 23, a left-handed hitter, spent last season in Mexico, where he batted .260 in 93 games.

The Cubs did not lose a player in the Major League phase of the Draft but had four prospects taken in the Triple-A phase. The Reds took infielder Pin-Chieh Chen, the Angels picked left-handed pitcher Ariel Ovando, the Yankees took right-handed pitcher Julian Aybar, and the Cardinals took left-handed pitcher Michael Heesch.

Heesch, 25, was the Cubs’ eighth-round pick in the 2012 Draft, which was a thrill for the Crystal Lake, Ill., native who grew up a Cubs fan. He was 8-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 33 games last season at Class A Myrtle Beach, striking out 49 over 64 1/3 innings.

— Carrie Muskat

2 Comments

Doesn’t sound like a whole lot gained or lost. However, the AAA portion of the Rule 5 Draft occasionally leads to something for someone. In 2013, the Marlins selected Justin Bour from the Cubs in the AAA Rule 5 Draft and in 2015, his first full Major League season, he hit 23 home runs for them. Of course, with Anthony Rizzo at first base in the Majors and Dan Vogelbach in the system, there was very little chance of Justin Bour ever making it with the Cubs. So while it’s likely we’ll never hear of those players selected again, there’s always a chance that one of the will emerge a year or two down the line.

I like the sound of O’Neill from the Cards, sounds like a on base machine.

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