By Nathan Petrashek
The Rule 5 draft, in which players with the requisite experience who aren’t on a team’s 40-man roster are subject to being plucked by other teams, cost the Brewers a player this year.
Although the Brewers did not select anyone in the draft, they did lose second-base prospect Eric Farris to the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners are now headed by Jack Zduriencik, the Brewers’ former scouting director.
Farris appeared briefly with the major league club last year, accumulating only nine plate attempts. At AAA Nashville, Farris hit .286/.329/.377. He played mostly second, but also appeared in double-digit games at short and in the outfield.
We interviewed Farris last February, which you can read here. Draft rules require Seattle to keep Farris on the 25-man roster or offer him back to the Brewers, so the draft provides him with an excellent opportunity. All the best to him.