Five players from the Angels' organization were selected during Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.Left-hander Robert Fish, who was selected by the Braves, was the only player taken in the Major League phase of the Draft. Fish posted a 3.26 ERA in 24 appearances at Double-A last season. Four others were taken in the Triple-A phase of the Draft. The Cubs selected third baseman Ricky Alvarez, who hit .257 with 10 home runs at Class A Cedar Rapids in 2011. The Padres selected shortstop Michael Wing, who hit .317 with 11 homers for Class A Advanced Inland Empire last season. The Cardinals selected left-hander Barret Browning, who posted a 4.61 ERA in 50 appearances last season in Triple-A. The Blue Jays selected outfielder Gabriel Jacobo, who hit .270 with 10 homers in Double-A in 2011.
A team that selects a player in the Rule 5 Draft pays $50,000 to the team from which he was selected. The receiving team must then keep the player on its 25-man roster for the entirety of the next season, and the selected player must remain active for a minimum of 90 days. If the player does not remain on the Major League roster, he is offered back to the team from which he was selected for $25,000. If his original team declines, the receiving team may waive the player.