Rays lose Goeddel, Rickard in Rule 5 draft
The Rays lost two players in today's Rule 5 draft - OF Tyler Goeddel was taken first overall by the Phillies and OF Joey Rickard by the Orioles with the No. 15 pick.
It was the second straight year a Rays player was the top pick.
The Rays considered both but declined to add them to the 40-man roster, instead protecting LHP Blake Snell, INF/OF Taylor Motter and RHPs Taylor Guerrieri, Jacob Faria and German Marquez.
Goeddel, 23, is a 2011 supplemental 1st-round pick, who hit .279-12-72 at Double-A Montgomery. Rickard, 24, made it from advanced Class A to Triple-A last season, hitting .360 with a .909 OPS in 29 games for the Durham Bulls.
"Their ceilings in our mind weren't as high as the five guys we protected,'' Rays farm director Mitch Lukevics said. "That's what it comes down to.''
The Rays could get one or both back. Players taken in the draft must stay in the majors all year or be offered back to their teams for half the $50,000 fee. It is a hard jump for many to make.
The Rays also lost C Maxx Tissenbaum, who hit .257-1-33 for the advanced Class A Stone Crabs.
The Rays did add three players in the minor-league portion of the draft: raft - LHP Adam Kolarek (from the Orioles), RHP Yoel Espinal (Yankees), RHP Fernando Baez (Cardinals). Those players are the Rays to keep for the $12,000 fee.