The Detroit Tigers selected right-hander Rony Garcia with the No. 1 pick in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft Thursday at baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego.
Eleven players were selected, with only the Baltimore Orioles making multiple selections. The Houston Astros had the most players selected out of their minor league system, with three players picked, and the Chicago Cubs had two players picked from their system.
Garcia, 21, was 4-13 with a 4.01 ERA in 25 appearances in the New York Yankees‘ system last season, finishing the year at Double-A Trenton.
The Orioles selected right-hander Brandon Bailey with the second pick from the Astros. Bailey, 23, finished the season at Double-A Corpus Christi and was 6-8 with a 2.80 ERA in 25 appearances overall. Right-hander Sterling Sharp went third overall to the Miami Marlins, who picked the 24-year-old from the Washington Nationals‘ system. Sharp advanced to Double-A Harrisburg last season and was 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 appearances at three levels.