Cardinals’ Rule 5 Draft

The Cardinals lost RHP Brian Broderick to the Washington Nationals in the major league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, and selected LHP Jean Mijares from the Minnesota Twins in the minor league portion.

Broderick, 24, led the Cardinals’ minor league system with 14 victories last season between A+ Palm Beach and AA Springfield. Overall he posted a 3.66 ERA with a 14-7 record in 26 starts. Though those stats are averaged down due to a poor start in Palm Beach, he was 11-2 with a 2.77 ERA at AA. He also had a 1.09 WHIP at AA. He was drafted in the 21st round by the Cardinals in 2007.

In six starts in this season’s Arizona Fall League, Broderick was 3-1 with a 4.39 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in his 6 starts.

Broderick will have to make the Nationals’ major league roster or be offered on waivers to the rest of the league then offered back to the Cardinals for half the $50,000 claim fee.

Mijares, 22, has never stepped above the rookie level in the Twins’ organization. Last season he posted a 2.67 ERA and was 2-1 in 13 relief appearances and 2 starts for Elizabethton in the Appalachian League.

While he has not been above rookie league, his numbers have improved each season. His minor league career numbers are decent. He has a 3.69 ERA with a 3-4 record in 33 relief appearances and 7 starts.

Mijares is a long shot, but since he was selected in the minor league portion, he can be placed anywhere in the minor leagues for the Cardinals without the same restrictions as in the major league portion. Plus, the Cardinals system doesn’t have a lot of promising lefties, so this is a very low risk, high reward move.