Just taking a quick look at what players taken in this seasons Rule Five Draft have had the biggest impact at the Major League Level this season.
#1 Fergie Fitzgerald (SP) Taken pretty late in the draft by Tampa, Fergie has exceeded any projections that would have been put on him. Has an 8-5 record on a team that is way below .500, 110 K's in 149 Innings, with a stellar 1.21 WHIP and 3.62 ERA. At just 22 years of age has room to grow but I dont know if he will ever have a season as good as this one.
#2 Pat Rooney (RP) The 2nd player taken in the rule five draft, Rooney has been a very stable arm in the Timbers bullpen this season. 60 games 72 innings with 6 saves in just 7 tries. the WHIP of 1.51 is a little high but 3.73 ERA is solid.
#3 Billy Matthews (3rd) Another later pick that is playing above his ratings would suggest he be able to. Runs well (13 steals in 92 games) and has a little bit of pop (7 homers-13 doubles). His fielding is about league average as he has made 15 Errors at 3rd in 86 games.
#4 Milt Ray (LR) A bit of a surprise, most rule 5's are minor leaguers looking for a shot at the bigs. Milt is a 35 year old pitcher with 109 career big league wins and career earnings over 50 million. Either way he has been a huge help to the Fake Cubbies Pen. 4 saves and 74 Innings, his WHIP is a solid 1.24.
#5 Jim Decker (CF) Tampa came thru with another solid pick in Jim Decker, one of the fastest players in the majors he has been a nice spark plug for the Turtlenecks offense. In just 140 at bats he has driven in 20 runs, scored 22 and stolen 8 bases while batting .314 His defense in Center has been just OK.
Notables: Glenn James (SU), Wyatt Tracy (C), Carlos James (LR), Freddy Patterson (SU)