Detroit Tigers protect two prospects from Rule 5 draft; Niko Goodrum becomes free agent

The Detroit Tigers included 2 gamers to their 40-man lineup prior to Friday’s due date to safeguard them from being picked in the Guideline 5 draft in December.

The gamers are infielder Kody Clemens and right-handed reducer Angel De Jesus. Clemens is the Tigers’ No. 18 possibility, according to MLB Pipeline. The group did not safeguard righty starter Paul Richan, the No. 25 possibility who showed up in the 2019 Nick Castellanos trade.

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To include the additions, the Tigers waived energy gamer Niko Goodrum, outfielder Jacob Robson and righty reducer Nivaldo Rodriguez. While Robson and Rodriguez were outrighted to Triple-A Toledo upon clearing waivers, Goodrum chose complimentary firm.

The 40-man lineup is now at 39 gamers.

In 2015, the Tigers secured 4 gamers: right-handers Matt Manning, Alex Faedo and Alex Lange, in addition to left-hander Joey Wentz. Manning and Lange made their MLB debuts in 2021, with Faedo and Wentz anticipated to contribute in 2022.

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Here’s the complete list of Guideline 5 draft-eligible gamers from the Tigers’ company, not consisting of Friday’s secured gamers:

RHP: Gio Arriera, Brad Bass, Nolan Blackwood, Yaya Chentouf, Ethan DeCaster, Sandel De La Cruz, Chavez Fernander, Ruben Garcia, Carlos Guzman, Wilkel Hernandez, Garrett Hill, Zac Houston, Opportunity Kirby, Billy Lescher, Keider Montero, Joe Navilhon, Angel Reyes, Paul Richan, Jesus Rodriguez, Logan Coast, Hugh Smith and Will Vest.

LHP: Jack O’Loughlin, Jared Tobey and Adam Wolf.

C: Eliezer Alfonzo, Brady Policelli, Christopher Proctor and Jon Rosoff.

INF: Jose King, Dane Myers, Wenceel Perez, Daniel Pinero, Reynaldo Rivera and John Valente.

OF: Ulrich Bojarski, Eric De La Rosa and Dylan Rosa.

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This post initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers safeguard infielder Kody Clemens from Guideline 5 draft

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