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Marlins select four in Minors phase of Rule 5 Draft

Marlins select four in Minors phase of Rule 5 Draft

Marlins select four in Minors phase of Rule 5 Draft

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Nothing major went on for the Marlins during Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, but the organization made some moves in the Minor League phases.

Because their 40-man roster was full, the Marlins were not eligible to participate in the Major League phase.

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Although Miami was out of the mix, the organization still faced the possibility of losing a player or two in the Major League phase. Infielder Danny Black, who played for Double-A Jacksonville, was a possibility to be taken, but he was not selected. The Marlins did lose outfielder Kevin Mattison, who was taken by the Brewers in the Triple-A phase.

"We had some inquires about Mattison, so that really wasn't a surprise," said Marty Scott, the Marlins' vice president of player development. "This will be a new opportunity for him because guys have passed him by over here."

Mattison, who has reached the big leagues, appeared in 106 games at Triple-A New Orleans last year, batting .216 with a .293 on-base percentage.

In the Triple-A phase, Miami selected three players -- first baseman Justin Bour off the Cubs' Double-A Tennessee roster, outfielder Brady Shoemaker off the White Sox's Double-A Birmingham squad and third baseman Tony Thompson off Oakland's Double-A Midland club.

The cost for each is $12,000. But Miami also receives $12,000 for Mattison.

The Marlins feel the three players selected in the Triple-A phase offer some power.

"The thing we don't have depth in is pop," Scott said. "We didn't have pop at Double-A last year once the boys made it to the Major Leagues."

In 2013, the Marlins promoted Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Jake Marisnick from Double-A.

"We didn't have any pop in [Class A] Jupiter, and we didn't have any pop in New Orleans," Scott said. "We got three position players who can all swing the bat."

Thompson, who has power, also was a pitcher in college, and in the Minors, he has thrown some innings in mop-up situations. If he doesn't hit, the Marlins will take a look at him as a pitcher.

The Marlins closed out the Rule 5 Draft by taking right-hander Kelvin Castro off the Yankees' Class A Charleston squad in the Double-A phase. His cost is $4,000.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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