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Marlins Rule 5 Draft Results

The major league portion of the draft was excellently covered by Brickell in yesterday's Chum Bucket, but it bears repeating.

The Rule 5 draft.

With the sixth pick, Florida did take Jose Guevara, a right-handed pitcher from the Reds' Triple-A Louisville affiliate. The Marlins then turned around and dealt Guevara to the Padres for cash.

"You've got to feel strongly about him," Marlins vice president of player development and scouting Jim Fleming said.

So we went on the Delta Tau Chi theory in Animal House when Larry "Pinto" Kroger's picture was projected on the screen -- "We need the dues".

In the minor league part of the draft, the Marlins were a little more active.

In the Triple-A phase, they selected shortstop Smelin Perez from the Pirates' Double-A Altoona squad.

Fleming said the reports are Perez is strong defensively, and he adds depth to the system. The 5-foot-10, 150-pounder batted .252 in the New York-Penn League, and he currently is playing in the Dominican Winter League.

In the second round of the Triple-A phase, outfielder Daron Roberts was drafted from the White Sox's system.

Roberts can play all three outfield spots, and the native of Clearwater, Fla., hit .281 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs, but struck out 90 times at Class A Winston-Salem.

Roberts is projected to start off at Double-A Carolina.

In the Double-A phase, Florida took two pitchers, Kenny Fernandez from the Phillies organization and Adalberto Mendez from the Cubs' system.

Most likely every minor leaguers chosen were for the sole purpose of filling out needs in the system and are not expected to become prospects of any kind.

For the complete results of the draft: Click Here.