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Nats take Thad Ward with 1st pick of Rule 5 Draft, 15 players selected

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Major League Baseball held its first Rule 5 Draft in three years on Wednesday.

The draft order is determined by reverse order of the 2022 standings. In order to make a selection, teams must have space on their 40-man roster. Teams that make a selection must pay the player's previous club $100,000. The player must also remain on the active major-league roster for the 2023 season or else be offered back to his original team for $50,000.

*Blank selection means team passed on making a pick.

Pick Team Player Position 2022 Team
1 Nationals Thad Ward P Red Sox
2 Athletics Ryan Noda OF Dodgers
3 Pirates Jose Hernandez P Dodgers
4 Reds Blake Sabol OF Pirates
5 Royals
6 Tigers Mason Englert P Rangers
7 Rangers  
8 Rockies Kevin Kelly P Guardians
9 Marlins Nick Enright P Guardians
10 Angels  
11 D-Backs  
12 Cubs
13 Twins
14 Red Sox  
15 White Sox Nick Avila P Giants
16 Giants  
17 Orioles Andrew Politi P Red Sox
18 Brewers Gus Varland P Dodgers
19 Rays  
20 Phillies Noah Song P Red Sox
21 Padres Jose Lopez P Rays
22 Mariners Chris Clark P Cubs
23 Guardians  
24 Blue Jays  
25 Cardinals Wilking Rodriguez P Yankees
26 Yankees  
27 Mets Zach Greene P Yankees
28 Braves  
29 Astros  
30 Dodgers  

The Philadelphia Phillies selected right-hander Noah Song from the Boston Red Sox. Song is currently serving in the United States Navy and was placed on the club's military list. He will not count toward the Phillies' 40-man roster.

The Rays acquired right-hander Kevin Kelly from the Rockies following the first round in exchange for cash considerations.

Some notable Rule 5 picks over the years were Garrett Whitlock, Akil Baddoo, Johan Santana, Shane Victorino, and Josh Hamilton.

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