McGuiness, Mendonca selected in Rule V draft

USA Today Sports

AFL MVP was not protected on the 40 man roster and was taken by the Cleveland Indians.

The Rule V draft is this morning and the Rangers have lost at least one player from their organization. Chris McGuiness, MVP of the Arizona Fall League, was selected by the Cleveland Indians in this morning's Rule V draft.

The Indians must add McGuiness to their 40 man roster and keep him on the 40 all year, they also pay a $50,000 fee.

Chris McGuiness had a solid showing in the AFL, but won the MVP despite being in the middle of the pack in OPS because of high RBI totals. The Rangers elected not to put McGuiness on the 40 man roster to protect him from the Rule V draft to the dismay of RBI fans everywhere.

Scouting reports describe McGuiness as player who's minor league numbers are unlikely to equate to major league success because of his expectations that his bat speed and tools are good enough to succeed against ML pitching.

UPDATE: Tommy Mendoca was also selected in the AAA portion by the Oakland A's. Mendoca would not have to be protected on the 40 man all year because he is from the AAA draft. Mendoca is not regarded as a prospect.

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