Catching up …

by Ben Catley

Well, let’s try to get you caught up on former Osprey news as the Winter Meetings are winding down …

– I originally wrote this last week, so it was a good thing I didn’t publish it. Little did I think that Ender Inciarte (2009) was going to be picked in the Rule V Draft. Especially in the Major League portion. Yet, that happened earlier today, as Inciarte is now a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. Go figure … oh, by the way, he now enters the top spot in the “Next Osprey to make Major League Debut” list. If he sticks on the 25-man roster – and all indications are that he has a chance, because he would have a specific role – he would be the 40th former Osprey to make a Major League roster.

– The Arizona Diamondbacks elected to protect five players who were Rule V Draft eligible and add them to the 40-man roster. All five were members of the 2009 Osprey squad which won the North Division Playoff Series and advanced to the Championship Series that season. Pitchers Chase Anderson, Charles Brewer, Eric Smith and Eury De La Rosa were each added, as was outfielder Keon Broxton.

One notable from that squad – infielder Chris Owings – is still not Rule V eligible. Owings signed as 18-year-olds (he was  actually 17 when he signed) and still have one more season before he would be eligible to be selected in the Rule V Draft. Players that are 19 and older when they sign have to have played for four seasons before they could be selected in the Rule V Draft, while 18-year-olds and younger require five seasons of minor-league service before they would be eligible for the draft.

– It’s still weird to see Jake Elmore (2008) in Houston Astros’ clothing. (Although I have to admit, the new Astros logo and unis, which went old school, are pretty good looking to me …)

Elmore was placed on waivers by the D-backs following the end of the season, with the Astros claiming Elmore earlier this month.

The metoric rise made by Elmore from borderline to the Major Leagues was amazing to watch in 2012. The last player to carry a batting average of .400 or better in any long-season league, Elmo completed his jump on the map with a call-up to the D-backs in late August. In 30 games, Elmore hit just .191, including 1-for-his-final-12, with seven RBIs for Arizona.

– Elmore’s not the only former Osprey in the Astros’ system … Bobby Borchering (2009) is also with the Astros, spending the rest of the 2012 season following his trade from the D-backs with Double-A Corpus Christi. Borchering hit just .189 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 30 games with the Hooks, after having a solid season with Class A Advanced Visalia and started his Double-A run with a slow start at Mobile before the trade. For the 2012 season, Borchering finished with a combined .236 batting average, with 24 home runs and 86 RBIs. Borchering was an 18-year-old when he signed, so he will not be eligible for the Rule V Draft.

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