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Some things to read while avoiding the trees.
We are still 92 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in Maryvale, but a few more players are likely to punch their ticket to major league spring training today. Across baseball, teams have until 11 p.m. Central time tonight to add minor league players to their 40-man rosters to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 draft.
Players are eligible to be selected by other teams if they’ve been under minor league contract for four or five seasons (depending on their age when they signed their first contract) and are not currently a member of their organization’s 40-man roster. The Brewers have 43 such players, and as of this writing they have enough open space on the roster to protect four of them. Unprotected players can be selected away from their teams for $50,000, but have to remain on their selecting team’s 25-man roster or disabled list for the full MLB season or be offered back to their former team for $25,000.
Both Adam McCalvy of MLB.com and Derek Harvey of Brew Crew Ball have a look at the top candidates to be protected, highlighted by 2011 first-round pick Taylor Jungmann (pictured above). He split the 2014 season as a starting pitcher between AA and AAA and posted a 3.57 ERA with 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings over 28 appearances, and could be one of the first arms called upon if the Brewers need an additional starting pitcher during the 2015 season.
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