Originally Posted by dougdirt
I wonder if it's one of those weird rules where since he signed while a season was still going on with more than two weeks left, that he qualified? I don't really know what it could be. He signed August 6th, 2007 at age 17. I am with you, the rules right now, as far as we know, suggest he shouldn't have been eligible.
He should be eligible. If he signed Aug. 6, 2007, then this would be his 5th Rule 5 draft. That means he's eligible.
Here is the way the rule reads from the MLR 5(c)(1)(A):
(A)if 18 years of age or under on the June 5 immediately preceding the player's signing, the player shall be subject to selection at the fifth Rule 5 Selection Meeting that follows the signing date of the player's first Major or Minor League contract, unless Rule 5(c)(1)(C) applies;
(C) if the signing date of a player’s first Major or Minor League contract is between
(i) the conclusion of the championship season for the Major or Minor League Club to which the player is assigned on such contract and
(ii) the next Rule 5 Selection Meeting,
So on June 5, he was 17 years old and he signed prior to the conclusion of the season. Thereby if we count Rule 5 drafts (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), this would be his 5th and thus eligible.