Detroit Tigers protect 5 from the Rule 5 draft, including Parker Meadows

The Detroit Tigers added 5 gamers to their 40-man roster — outfielder Parker Meadows, infielder Wenceel Perez, infielder Andre Lipcius, right-handed starter Reese Olson and right-handed reliever Brendan White — earlier than Tuesday’s deadline to protect them from being chosen in December’s 2022 Rule 5 draft.

Olson is the Tigers’ No. 9 prospect, in line with MLB Pipeline, adopted by Perez at No. 14, Meadows at No. 16 and Lipcius at No. 22

The most notable omission is 20-year-old outfielder Jose De La Cruz, the Twenty seventh-ranked prospect who signed for $1.85 million out of the Dominican Republic in July 2018. He struck out 132 occasions with in 92 video games for Low-A Lakeland this season.

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Erie SeaWolves starting pitcher Reese Olson throws against the Richmond Flying Squirrels during an Eastern League playoff game at UPMC Park in Erie on Sept.  20, 2022. Erie won 9-3 with games two and three to be played in Richmond.  It was the fifth playoff win in team franchise history.

To make room for the additions, the Tigers designated for project right-handed relievers Miguel Díaz and Kyle Funkhouser, left-handed reliever Sean Guenther, catcher Michael Papierski and outfielder Brendon Davis.

Guenther cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Toledo.

The 40-man roster is now full.

“You by no means need to lose proficient younger gamers,” Scott Harris, president of baseball operations, mentioned final week at the normal supervisor conferences in Las Vegas. “However, I actually recognize 40-man flexibility, and I do know what we will do with accessible roster spots. We’re going to attempt to stroll that line between defending the gamers which might be most definitely to be taken in the Rule 5 draft whereas sustaining that 40-man flexibility that enables us to remain nimble and seize alternatives all through the winter. It’s actually robust.”

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