Twins take Doyle in Rule 5 Draft

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Twins take Doyle in Rule 5 Draft

In the biggest transaction news of the day around Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins selected Terry Doyle from the White Sox in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

Doyle, 26, compiled a 3.07 ERA over 173 innings between Single-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham last season with 122 strikeouts, 33 walks and 11 home runs allowed. He put up some fine numbers in the Arizona Fall League as well, but there shouldn't be an consternation about losing Doyle, even to a division rival.

First of all, if the Sox indeed lose Doyle, it'll mean Minnesota kept him on their 25-man roster throughout the 2012 season. In other words, they'd keep a guy who has only thrown 100 innings above Single-A on their MLB roster. Or, in other words, the Twins would be incredibly thin on pitching next season.

Secondly, Doyle is hardly a major loss, despite those nice minor league numbers. Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein had this to say about Doyle when asked back in October:

"Big, big dude. Classic frame, but not much stuff. Upper 80s fastball that scrapes 90-92 at times, better pitch is a mid-80s cutter with some bite. Average curveball and change. He succeeds by hitting his spots and working low in the zone, but there are plenty of questions, and understandably so, about his ability to miss the bats of more advanced hitters. Perfect world is probably middle relief."

And, as Larry points out, Rule 5 picks are rarely worth anything to their team.

The most interesting news is that Jordan Danks was not selected Thursday, as he appeared to be the unprotected Sox player with the best shot of sticking with a potential selecting team. He'll stay with the Sox, barring a trade.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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