Ryan Flaherty has already beaten the odds. Flaherty is one of just three players taken in the 2011 Rule 5 draft who’s played two seasons in the major leagues.
In Dec. 2011, the Orioles drafted Flaherty from the Chicago Cubs. He was the fourth overall selection. Rhiner Cruz taken first by Houston and Lucas Luetge, selected immediately ahead of Flaherty, are the only players who’ve appeared with their teams in both 2012 and 2013.
A team drafting a player in the Rule 5 must keep them on the roster for the entire season or they’re lost.
There were 12 players taken in that draft, and while a few have surfaced in the majors with other teams since, none have had the success of Flaherty and Luetge.
Luetge is 3-5 with a 4.48 ERA in two seasons with Seattle and was part of a combined six-pitcher no-hitter in June 2012.
The most successful Rule 5 player in recent years is San Diego’s Everth Cabrera, taken in 2008, who led the National League in stolen bases in 2012 and was an All-Star this year before his suspension for PEDs.
Coincidentally, Darren O’Day and Miguel Gonzalez were selected in the same draft as Cabrera. O’Day was waived by the New York Mets after four appearances, and Gonzalez never played for Boston.