The Cubs lost one player in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft, right-handed pitcher Marcos Mateo. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Mateo in the Major League phase of the draft. Mateo has a real chance to stick with the Diamondbacks now that he is healthy.
Former Cubs manager Mike Quade left Marcos Mateo in too long for a relief appearance back in 2011 and Mateo was never the same. Mateo missed all of the 2012 season and a majority of the 2013 season recovering from an elbow injury. The Cubs acquired Mateo, the brother of Juan Mateo, from the Reds as the PTBNL to complete the trade for OF Buck Coats.
The Cubs selected catcher Charles Cutler off the Pirates Double-A roster in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Cutler hit .298/.397/.420/.816 with 16 doubles, three triples and three home runs in 86 games last season. Cutler is 27 years old, hits from the left side and throws from the right side. Cutler has been assigned to Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs lost three players in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
The Miami Marlins took 1B Justin Bour in the Triple-A phase off of the Tennessee Smokies’ roster. The Orioles selected OF Julio Borbon from the Smokies roster in the Triple-A phase and the Pirates selected RHP A.J. Morris in the Triple-A phase of the draft. The Cubs acquired A.J. Morris in the deal that sent LHP Tom Gorzelanny to the Nationals in January of 2011.
The Cubs passed on their second round pick in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft and selected only one player in both phases while they lost one player in the Major League phase and three in the minor league phase.
- Report from Baseball America with information on Marcos Mateo
- Marcos Mateo’s Page on Baseball-Reference
- Charles Cutler’s Page on Baseball-Reference
- Justin Bour’s Page on Baseball-Reference
- Julio Borbon’s Page on Baseball-Reference
- A.J. Morris’ Page on Baseball-Reference