The Rule 5 draft for minor leaguers takes place every offseason. Players have to spend a full season in the major leagues or be offered to their former teams for $25,000. Since 1985, the Twins have kept four Rule 5 draftees for a full season; what they did their first year and how their Twins careers turned out:
Year Player Age Former team First-season stats
2013 RHP Ryan Pressly 24 Class AA Portland (Boston) 3-3, 3.87 ERA in 49 G
• Has shuttled between the Twins and Class AAA Rochester over the past two seasons, getting called up again May 1.
2000 LHP Johan Santana 21 Class A Michigan (Houston) 2-3, 6.49 ERA in 30 G
• The young Venezuelan turned into one of the greatest pitchers in Twins history, winning the American League Cy Young Award in 2004 and ’06.
1990 OF Shane Mack 26 Class AAA Las Vegas (San Diego) .326, 8 HR, 44 RBI in 125 G
• A rare Rule 5 pick with big-league experience, he was the right fielder for the 1991 World Series champions and hit .309 in five seasons.
1989 LHP Gary Wayne 26 Class AAA Indianapolis (Montreal) 3-4, 4.29 ERA in 60 G
• Went 8-8 with three saves and a 3.44 ERA in four seasons as a lefthanded specialist for the Twins.