St. Louis Cardinals: Rule 5 Draft Gains and Losses

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Credit: Laredo Lemurs

Triple-A Phase, 1st Round

  • 12th Round: Boston Red Sox select Johnny Polanco, RHP,St. Louis Cardinals
  • 15th Round: Baltimore Orioles select Corey Jones, RHP,St. Louis Cardinals
  • 30th Round: St. Louis Cardinals select John Brebbia, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Brebbia may be listed as Arizona Diamondbacks property, but he spent most of the summer playing independent ball in the American Association. He saved 19 games for the Laredo Lemurs, posting a 7-2 record and 0.98 ERA. He earned the MVP of the American Association championship series. The Diamondbacks signed him in September.

Before that, Brebbia spent 2014 season with Sioux Falls of the American Association. The New York Yankees had originally drafted him in the 30th round out of Elon College back in 2011. New York released him after the 2013 season, during which he’d split time at low-A Charleston and high-A Tampa. We’ll see if the experience he got as a closer will help him in his second go-around in affiliated ball.

Next: Triple-A Phase, 2nd Round