The Miami Marlins drafted two players in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft picking up outfielder Alfredo Silverio from the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcher Braulio Lara from the Tampa Bay Rays. Both players would need to remain on the Marlins’ roster for the entire 2013 season or be offered back to their original organizations. With Miami in a rebuilding mode, this is the perfect season for the team to give two roster spots to developing players.
Silverio, 25 was a big time prospect in the Dodgers’ organization before being involved in a car accident in January that left him badly injured. After undergoing Tommy John Surgery for an elbow injury and dealing with concussions as well as numerous other injuries — Silverio is still in a recovery mode. It is possible the young outfielder would start the 2013 season on the disabled list before being considered for a roster spot. Should Silverio remain in the Marlins’ organization, he could be in line for significant playing time on a young club that is not expected to be in contention. Silverio last played in 2011 and spent the season in AA for Los Angeles.
Lara, 23 has an electrifying arm that can reach 100mph and is a lefty which is something that is coveted around baseball. The issue for Lara however is control and knowing where that blazing fastball will wind up. The young lefty has not played above Single-A ball so in most organizations he would be an extreme longshot to make the 25-man roster. However, the Marlins will give him the chance in Spring Training to be a situational lefty for the team. Limiting his innings will allow Miami to get away with keeping him in the big leagues longer. Lara was a starter for Tampa Bay on their Single-A affiliate during 2012.
The biggest success the Marlins have had via the Rule 5 Draft was picking up Dan Uggla who went on to have several successful years with the team. There have been a handful of other success stories involving the Rule 5 draft around Major League Baseball but the odds are not in favor of finding a big time contributor. If the Marlins have found one or two today, it could turn out to be a franchise turning day. For only $50,000 each, Miami may have found the missing pieces in their rebuilding puzzle.