Szuminski is a right-hander, formerly of the Chicago Cubs. He has a mid-90's fastball to go with a slider and changeup. He projects as a middle reliever.
A player drafted in the Rule 5 draft must remain in the majors, be it on the 25-man roster or the disabled list, for all of the following season, or the club that drafted him must return him to his original club. Since a player to is returned must first be place on waivers, a third club can claim the player. The claiming club would then be responsible to the same rules placed upon the team that drafted him in the Rule 5 draft.
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Players selected in the Rule 5 Draft held this morning at the Winter Meetings in New Orleans.
|San Diego||Rich Thompson||of||Pittsburgh*|
|Tampa Bay||Alec Zumwalt||rhp||Atlanta|
|New York||(NL) Frank Brooks||lhp||Pittsburgh**|
|Cincinnati||David Mattox||rhp||New York (NL)|
|Kansas City||Jason Szuminski||rhp||Chicago (NL)*|
|Toronto||Talley Haines||rhp||Tampa Bay|
|Chicago (AL)||Jason Grilli||rhp||Florida|
|St. Louis||Hector Luna||ss||Cleveland|
|Boston||Lenny Dinardo||lhp||New York (NL)|
|Boston||Colter Bean||rhp||New York (AL)|
* The Padres traded Rich Thompson to the Royals for Jason Szuminski and cash.
** The Mets traded Frank Brooks to the A's for a player to be named. The A's are looking to make Brooks their closer this season.