As Orioles prepare to protect players from Rule 5 draft, recent history suggests prospects will be safe


Two players, however, rejoined the Orioles’ organization before even playing a regular season for the franchise that plucked them. In 2010, pitcher Pat Egan, a former 36th-round pick, got selected by the Milwaukee Brewers, but they returned him to the Orioles a week before the season starter. The San Francisco Giants took Steve Johnson, the son of former Orioles starter and current broadcaster Dave Johnson, in the 2009 Rule 5 draft, but he rejoined Baltimore in mid-March. He pitched in parts of three seasons for the Orioles from 2012-15.

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