The Winter Meetings concluded in Nashville today and the Dodgers left with one less top prospect in the farm system. The Dodgers lost outfielder Alfredo Silverio to the Miami Marlins, and elected to not select a player in the Major League phase of Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings.
Silverio, considered one of the organization’s better outfield prospects a year ago, after coming off a breakthrough during his 2011 season in Double-A, was seriously injured in a January auto accident in his native Dominican Republic, and missed the entire 2012 season. Silverio suffered a concussion among other injuries, eventually needing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
The former Dodger hit .306 with 16 home runs, 85 RBIs and 90 runs for Double-A Chattanooga in 2011 and was added to the 40-man roster last November to protect him from that Rule 5 Draft. The Dodgers clearly decided his future after outrighting Silverio to Triple-A Albuquerque back on November 4th to clear space on the 40-man roster.
The Marlins will now have to pay the Dodgers $50,000 and cannot send him down to the Minor Leagues for a full season without first offering him back to the Dodgers for $25,000.
In other Rule 5 news, the Dodgers selected two players in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. The Dodgers first selected infielder Elevys Gonzalez (pictured left) from the Pirates’ Double-A roster and right-handed pitcher Hector Nelo (pictured right) from the Nationals’ Double-A roster.
Gonzalez, 23, is a switch-hitter and batted a combined .206 with six homers and 35 RBIs with Class A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona in 2012. Nelo, 26, had a 2.73 ERA in 47 relief appearances for Double-A Harrisburg.