FORT MYERS, Fla. – A year ago, T.J. McFarland was an unknown Rule 5 draft choice. After he made it through his rookie year with the Orioles, he’s back, and in a very different spot.
In 2000, the Orioles drafted Jay Gibbons from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Rule 5 draft. It turned out to be an excellent pick.
The Orioles’ acquisition of Kelvin De La Cruz on Monday wasn’t a headline transaction. But, it wasn’t necessarily a minor one.
T.J. McFarland pitched creditably in his first season with the Orioles. The Rule 5 draft pick stayed the entire season, but didn’t pitch as often as he would have liked.