The Washington Nationals passed on making a selection with the 16th pick of this morning's Rule 5 Draft, and the Nats then lost two players in the Major League phase of this morning's proceedings. The St. Louis Cardinals selected 24-year-old outfielder Erik Komatsu with the 22nd pick of the draft and the New York Yankees took 26-year-old '07 5th Round pick Brad Meyers with the 29th pick. Komatsu, an '08 8th Round pick by the Brewers was acquired by the Nats in a July 30, 2011 trade that sent Jerry Hairston, Jr. to Milwaukee. In 31 games and 142 plate appearances at Double-A Harrisburg in the Nationals' system, the 5'10'', left-handed hitting and throwing outfielder had a .234/.298/.297 slash with five doubles and a HR to complete his fourth minor league season with a .277/.367/.382 line with 24 doubles, 7 home runs and 21 stolen bases.
Meyers, a 6'6'' right-hander who's struggled with injuries over the last few seasons, made 24 starts this year in his fourth season in the Nats' system, going (3-2) with a 2.48 ERA, 1.82 FIP, 9.41 K/9 and no walks in six starts and 36.1 IP at Double-A Harrisburg and (6-5) in 17 games, 16 starts and 95.2 IP at Triple-A Syracuse where he had a 3.48 ERA, 3.43 FIP, 1.41 BB/9 and 6.96 K/9. (ed. note - "Check out an interview we did with Brad Meyers earlier this season HERE.")
The Nationals took Colorado Rockies' backstop prospect Beau Seabury in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft. The 26-year-old '07 13th Round pick had a .274/.328/.406 line with eight doubles and two home runs in 31 games and 122 plate appearances at High-A Modesto in the Rockies' system this season, finishing four seasons in the organization with a .234/.300/.312 slash. In the Double-A Phase, the Nationals took 6'3'', 210 lb 27-year-old '06 15th Round pick Matthew Buschmann, a right-hander from the San Diego organization who was (12-6) with 6.2 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 32 games, 22 starts and 134.1 IP between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tuscon in the Padres' system.
• In other minor league news, Washington Times' writer Amanda Comak (@AComak) wrote on the Twitter last night that the Nationals had signed outfielder Brett Carroll to a minor league deal.