The annual Rule 5 Draft, the closing event of baseball’s Winter Meetings, came and went Thursday with barely any impact for the Colorado Rockies organization. Two players were added and none were lost.
Colorado selected right-handed reliever Luis Perdomo from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Major League phase, only to then turn around and sell him to the San Diego Padres. As per Rule 5 stipulations, Perdomo will have to be kept on San Diego’s 40-man roster all season or else he will be offered back to St. Louis.
The Rockies took right-hander Luis Niebla from the New York Yankees in the Triple-A phase. Niebla went 2-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 50 innings of work at Single-A Tampa last season and was also 0-1 with a 12.60 ERA in 10 innings at Double-A Trenton.
No current or potential future Isotopes were selected in the Rule 5 Draft. There were no players selected in the draft with ties to New Mexico, either.
Roster moves: Infielder Joey Wong, who split the 2015 campaign between Albuquerque and Double-A New Britain, has re-signed with the Rockies organization. Wong hit .197/.219/.311 in 21 games with the Isotopes, backing up second base, shortstop and third base.
A hamstring landed Wong on the disabled list. When he was healthy enough to play again, the Rockies sent him down a level. He batted .287/.357/.354 with 14 RBI in 51 games with the Rock Cats.
Winter leagues update: A number of current and future Isotopes are still active in winter leagues in the Caribbean and Australia. Most of those leagues will wrap up in January.
Catchers Ryan Casteel and Dustin Garneau have recently joined teams in the Dominican Republic. Casteel is 2-for-6 in three games with Estrellas de Oriente, while Garneau went 0-for-3 in his debut for Tigres de Licey.
Infielder-outfielder Rafael Ynoa has done well (.281/.315/.355, HR, 8 RBI) for Aguilas Cibaenas. In contrast, infielder Cristhian Adames has struggled (.204/.252/.250, 10 RBI) for Toros del Este.
Several Isotopes who are now free agents are also active in the league. Wilin Rosario, playing catcher, has hit well (.324/.373/.451, 3 HR, 17 RBI) for Cibaenas, while lefty John Lannan had a 1.69 ERA through three starts with Licey before opting to head home.
Free agent outfielder Roger Bernadina has struggled (.188/.288/.292, 2 HR, 9 RBI) for Obregon of the Mexican Pacific League. Also struggling is first baseman Robert Ramos (.206/.296/.333, HR, 7 RBI), a Rockies farmhand who played at Single-A Asheville last season and is currently with Hermosillo.
Down in Venezuela, Rockies right-handed prospect Antonio Senzatela has looked good (0-0, 3.63 ERA, 0 walks in 17.2 innings) through four starts with Magallanes. Isotopes right-hander Nelson Gonzalez has just joined Caracas after a brief stint in the Dominican.
Right-hander Alex Balog and catcher Robbie Perkins were named to the Australian League All-Star Game. Balog, who pitched at Single-A Modesto last season, will suit up for the World Team, while Perkins, at Asheville, suits up for Team Australia.
Balog has pitched well (4-2, 1.67, 38 Ks in 37.2 innings) in seven starts with Sydney. Perkins has scuffled (.188/.333/.203, 6 RBI) for Canberra.
Also active in Australia are first baseman Correlle Prime (.252/.297/.388, 2 HR, 9 RBI) and infielder Michael Benjamin (.194/.264/.296, HR, 6 RBI) with Perth. Both played at Modesto this past season.