Padres Lose Freiman and Carroll in Rule 5 Draft
One of the top hitting prospects in the Padres organization, Nate Freiman was selected by the Houston Astros in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft. Freiman was a mid-season and post-season All-Star in 2012 for the double-A San Antonio Missions.
At 6’7” 225, Freiman is a beast of a man and swings the lumber as you would expect. In 2012 he put up a line of .298/.370/.502 that included 24 home runs and 105 RBI. Freiman was an 8th round selection out of Duke University in the 2009 draft.
Sawyer Carroll was selected in the Triple-A portion by the Toronto Blue Jays. Carroll hit .263/.337/.401 this year in Tucson. Carroll was selected in the 3rd round out of the University of Kentucky in 2008.
Two Cents: It’s a shame to lose Freiman, but at this point he was going to sit and wait as we have seen with Matt Clark. Their is no guarantee that the Astros will be able to keep him on the 25-man roster all season and it wouldn’t shock me to see him back in the Padres organization in 2013. Carroll, an early pick in 2008, just never panned out. One of those low ceiling, fast development guys that just didn’t develop. He always seemed to be over-shadowed by other OFs and will now get a shot elsewhere.