Blue Jays take three players in Rule 5 Draft

Blue Jays take three players in Rule 5 Draft

Blue Jays take three players in Rule 5 Draft
DALLAS -- The Blue Jays selected three prospects in the Minor League portion of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft at the Hilton Anatole on the final day of the Winter Meetings.

The club added right-hander Javier Avendano, first baseman Gabe Jacobo and catcher Hector Alvarez in the Triple-A phase. Each pick cost the club $12,000, and the players can't be demoted below Triple-A without first being offered back to their original team.

The 21-year-old Avendano appeared in nine games for Class A Batavia in the Cardinals' farm system. He went 1-2 with a 3.14 ERA in 14 1/3 innings while striking out 19 and walking eight.

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Jacobo, 24, hit .270 with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs in 86 games last season for Double-A Arkansas. He was a 10th-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

The 20-year-old Alvarez hit .229 with no homers and six RBIs in 27 games in the Gulf Coast League. He is a former midseason All-Star in the Dominican Summer League.

The Blue Jays were not eligible to make a selection in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft because they did not have any room available on their 40-man roster. Toronto did not lose any players to another team in either the Major League or Minor League portion of the Rule 5 Draft.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.