Yesterday the Padres traded Anthony Bass to the Houston Astros for the rights to the first pick in today’s Rule 5 Draft. The Vocal Minority’s Nate speculated that the Padres could use that pick to add a left-handed arm to their bullpen in 2014 either by taking Brian Moran (Mariners) or Omar Luis (Yankees). The Rule 5 draft is a cheap way to add an arm to the bullpen with one all important stipulation: is the player ready to contribute.
Back in 2006 the Padres used the Rule 5 Draft to add Kevin Cameron, a right-handed reliever from the Minnesota Twins’ organization. The 2006 Rule 5 Draft is a notable one as it is the year that the Padres lost closer Joakim Soria to the Kansas City Royals and Josh Hamilton reemerged from years of absence to take MLB by storm.
In December of 2006, Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein wrote the following about Kevin Cameron:
Cameron has been a solid reliever in the Twins system for the last three years, and scouts like his ability to generate tons of groundballs with a low-90s sinker that produced a groundball/flyball ratio of better than 2-to-1 at Triple-A Rochester.
How did it work out for the Padres and Kevin Cameron?