Grichuk, ranked by MLB.com as the Angels' No. 4 prospect, had a breakout season for Class A Advanced Inland Empire in 2012, batting .298 with 18 homers and 16 steals. But he struggled a bit in his first stint of Double-A in 2013, posting a .256/.306/.474 slash line with 22 homers, 64 RBIs and nine steals.
Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be selected by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons.
Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, slated to take place on Dec. 12, the final day of the Winter Meetings. If that player doesn't stay on the 25-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000.
The Angels' 40-man roster is now at capacity, and Grichuk was the only one expected to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft.
Others nonetheless eligible and exposed include right-handers Jeremy Berg, David Carpenter, Matt Oye, Ryan Chaffee, Kevin Johnson and Mike Piazza; outfielders Roberto Lopez and Matt Long; shortstop Rolando Gomez; and catcher Carlos Ramirez.
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