Jay Gonzalez Selected In First Round Of Triple A Rule 5 Draft

Jay Gonzalez Selected In First Round Of Triple A Rule 5 Draft

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - University of Mount Olive baseball alumni Jay Gonzalez was drafted in the first round of the MLB Triple-A Rule 5 Draft. Gonzalez was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks after playing the last three seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

The former Trojan was first drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 10th round of the 2014 draft and played at various levels within the Orioles organization just missing his shot to play for the Triple-A affiliate Norfolk Tides last season. In his first year of eligibility for the Rule 5 Draft, Gonzalez was picked 18th by the Diamondbacks in the first round of the Triple-A draft and assigned to the 25-man roster of the Triple-A Reno Aces.

The MLB Rule 5 Draft allows clubs without a full 40-man roster to select certain non-40-man roster players from other clubs. Players who signed with their current club at age 18 or younger and have played professionally for at least five years are eligible to be selected, as are those who signed at 19 or older and have at least four years of professional experience.

Rule 5 Draft picks are assigned directly to the drafting club's 25-man roster and must be placed on outright waivers in order to be removed from the 25-man roster in the subsequent season.

While donning a Trojan uniform, Gonzalez appeared in 53 games for 214 at bats. He recorded 81 runs, 91 hits, nine doubles, three triples and three home runs as well as 34 RBI's. Gonzalez was walked 34 times and stole 51 bases while averaging a .425 batting percentage, a .500 on-base percentage, and a .537 slugging percentage.

A link to the full explanation of the MLB Rule 5 Draft can be FOUND HERE.