MLB Rule 5 Draft: Nationals Lose Catcher Adrian Nieto To White Sox

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals lost one player, catcher Adrian Nieto, in the major league phase of this morning's Rule 5 Draft, then selected two players, one each, from the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets' organizations in the minor league phase of the draft.

The Washington Nationals lost 24-year-old catching prospect Adrian Nieto to the Chicago White Sox in the Rule 5 Draft this morning when the Sox took the catcher with the second overall selection. Nieto spent the 2013 campaign at High-A Potomac, where he posted a .285/.373/.449 line with 29 doubles and 11 HRs in 110 games and 452 plate appearances. The Nats then sent Nieto to the Arizona Fall League, where the switch-hitting, La Habana, Cuba-born catcher put up a .271/.345/.333 line with a double and a triple in 13 games.

The White Sox have to keep Nieto on their 25-Man Roster for the entire 2014 season, or return him to the Nationals.

The Nationals added three players to the 40-Man roster in Novemeber, protecting 25-year-old, Rule 5 Draft-eligible pitchers Sammy Solis and Aaron Barrett and outfielder Michael Taylor, 22, from selection. As MLB.com's breakdown of the rules of the Rule 5 Draft explains, those available in the second of two player drafts of the baseball season, are players, "...who were signed when they were 19 or older and have played in professional baseball for four years are eligible," and, "...players who were signed at 18 and have played for five years."

Solis, the Nationals' 2010 2nd Round pick, returned from Tommy John surgery to make 13 appearances, 12 of them starts for Potomac this season, posting a 3.43 ERA, a 3.48 FIP, 19 walks (2.97 BB/9) and 40 Ks (6.27 K/9) in 57 2/3 IP in his fourth year in the organization. In his third stint in the Arizona Fall League, the left-hander was (5-2) in seven starts over which he put up a 2.17 ERA, a 2.48 FIP, seven walks (2.17 BB/9) and 29 Ks (9.00 K/9) in 29 IP.

Barrett, a 2010 9th Round pick out of the University of Mississippi, pitched at Double-A Harrisburg in the Nats' system in 2013, finishing his fourth year in the organization with a (1-1) record and 26 saves in 51 games. The 6'4'' right-hander posted a 2.15 ERA with a 1.87 FIP, 15 walks (2.68 BB/9) and 69 Ks (12.34 K/9) in 50 1/3 IP.

Taylor, 22, was drafted out of high school in Fort Lauderdale, FL in the 6th Round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. In 133 games and 581 PAs with Potomac this year, the P-Nats' outfielder put up a .263/.340/.426 line with 41 doubles, six triples, 10 HRs and 51 SBs in his fourth season in the Nationals' system.

The addition of the three prospects and the additions of RHP Doug Fister and LHP Jerry Blevins via trade and OF Nate McLouth via free agency, left the Nationals with a full 40-Man Roster, so they didn't select any players in the major league phase of this morning's Rule 5 Draft, but they did take two players in the Triple-A phase, selecting outfielder Theodis Bowe from the Cincinnati Reds' organization and RHP prospect Martires Arias from the New York Mets.

Bowe, 23, is an '08 Reds' 21st Round pick who played at Double-A Pensacola in 2013, posting a .206/.260/.307 line in 99 games and 259 PAs over which he hit six doubles, three triples and four home runs. Arias, 23, is a 6'7'', 207 lb right-hander out of the Dominican Republic who pitched in the rookie level Appalachian League in 2013, where he was (1-7) with a 5.81 ERA, 4.34 FIP, 28 walks (4.78 BB/9) and 36 Ks (6.15 K/9) in 12 games, 11 starts and 52 2/3 IP.

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