Minnesota Twins Recover Rule 5 pick Zach Jones
The Minnesota Twins have reacquired RHP Zach Jones from the Milwaukee Brewers
The Minnesota Twins lost right hander Zach Jones to the Milwaukee Brewers this past offseason in the Rule 5 draft.
Today, however, the Brewers opted not to keep Jones and have offered him back to the Twins for the standard sum of $25, 000.
Players selected in the Rule 5 draft must remain on the 25 man roster of the team that selected them for the entirety of the subsequent year.
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If the team wishes to remove the player from their active roster, they must offer him back to his original team for $25, 000.
In Zach Jones’ case, he’s been injured all year and was on a rehab stint in the minors. He was nearing the end of his rehab assignment and would soon need to be placed back on the active roster if the Brewers wanted to keep him.
Milwaukee didn’t envision a role for Jones and decided to just go ahead and offer him back to the Twins.
The move doesn’t really cost the Twins anything because they received $50,000 from Milwaukee when the Brewers selected Jones.
Jones allowed 5 earned runs, 10 walks/hits and struck out 4 in his 4.1 innings of rehab this year.
Here’s what we noted about Jones back in December when he was selected:
“…Jones can light up the radar guns but has trouble with his control. The old baseball adage seems to have some application here: He’s a thrower, not a pitcher. Zach played high A and AA this year. He was excellent in Fort Myers but struggled in Chattanooga. He had a 6.00 ERA and a 6 BB/9 in 27 IP there. His career minor league average strikeout rate (12.81 K/9) was enticing for the Brewers. He’s still raw but there’s a chance the Brewers will catch lightning in a bottle next season with him.”
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Turns out the lightning was not caught. At least not yet, the Twins will get another crack at him. Since Jones was returned to his original team, the Twins don’t need to put him on their active roster. He’s been sent to AA Chattanooga.