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BA on Rule 5

Baseball America raises some interesting possibilities in their Rule 5 preview.  It's in the subscribers' area and I don't want to get Charlie in trouble by copying from there, but some guys who struck me as maybe worth a shot:

LH relievers:  Pedro Figueroa (A's) and Jose Lugo (Twins), both hard throwers.  Lugo has a high K rate and is also a strong groundball pitcher.

RH starter:  Matt Torra (D'backs), former 1st rounder who had shoulder surgery.  Sinker/slider guy who looks like a 4th/5th starter/innings eater.  (Yeah, OK, we're loaded with those.)

RH relievers:  Morlan, of course.  Also Dodgers' Javy Guerra (96 mph) and Cards' Luis Perdomo (nasty slider, RH batters hit .153 against him in 2008).

One interesting hitter:  3B Jesus Guzman.  He's 24 and has bounced around, but had a breakout 2008 season, hitting 364/419/500 in the Texas League and following it up with a monster winter so far in Venezuela.  He just signed with the Giants as a minor league FA.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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