The Rule-5 draft came on day four of the Winter Meetings being held in Nashville, Tennessee. The Texas Rangers lost several players to other teams but they also selected a player as well. Here is a recap of the Rangers 2023 Rule-5 draft.
Who did the Texas Rangers lose in the Rule-5 draft?
The Texas Rangers lost four players this time around in the Rule-5. They lost the following players to the selecting team.
- RHP Justin Slaten (Mets)
- RHP Nick Starr (Tigers)
- SS Miguel Villarroel (Cardinals)
- RHP John Matthews (Diamondbacks)
No team selected Grant Wolfram, Blaine Crim or Davis Wendzel. I thought at least one of three would be selected.
Only 10 players from the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft were selected.
The Texas Rangers selected RHP Carson Coleman
The Texas Rangers selected RHP Carson Coleman from the New York Yankees. As of now, he would figure to come out of the pen if he stays on the 40-man roster.
Coleman, 25, did not pitch in 2023 due to an elbow injury but had solid numbers in 2022 between the Yankees High-A and Double-A affiliates. He issued 19 walks and struck out 95 in 63.1 innings. His walk rate was 2.7 per nine and his strike out rate was 13.5 per nine.
Coleman was originally drafted in the 33rd round of the 2019 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays but did not sign, opting to go back to school.
He signed a deal with the Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 2020.