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Orioles Select SS Richie Martin In Rule 5 Draft, Trade For INF Drew Jackson

December 13, 2018
The Baltimore Orioles selected shortstop Richie Martin from the Oakland Athletics with the first pick of the Rule 5 Draft and acquired middle infielder Drew Jackson from the Philadelphia Phillies for international signing bonus slot money Dec. 13.

The Phillies selected Jackson from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Rule 5 Draft.

Martin, who turns 24 later this month, was the Athletics' first-round pick in 2015 out of the University of Florida. 

Martin hit .300/.368/.439 with 29 doubles and eight home runs during 509 plate appearances for Double-A Midland in 2018. Martin struggled at Midland one year prior, when he hit .224/.306/.315 during 325 plate appearances.

J.J. Cooper of Baseball America wrote before the draft that Martin has "excellent hands and a plus arm" but "some scouts question his range, as they say he's less athletic than he used to be and his body is slowing down."

Jackson, 25, was the Seattle Mariners' fifth-round pick in 2015 out of Stanford. Jackson hit .251/.356/.447 for Double-A Tulsa last year. He hit .247/.358/.402 across three levels in 2017.

Cooper wrote that Jackson can play shortstop or second base and that his "speed, fringe-average power and arm could be alluring to a team willing to live with a questionable hit tool."

The Orioles non-tendered infielder Tim Beckham Nov. 30, leaving Jonathan Villar, Breyvic Valera and Steve Wilkerson as the only middle infielders on the 40-man roster. The dearth of middle infield options could give Martin and/or Jackson a chance to stick on the big league roster.

Should either of the two players make the Orioles' 25-man roster out of spring training, they'll need to remain on the active roster or major league disabled list all season or else be offered back to their original clubs. They'll need to remain on the active roster for at least 90 days to satisfy the Rule 5 requirements.

The Orioles took hard-throwing right-hander Taylor Grover from the Cincinnati Reds in the minor league phase of the draft..

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