Royals lose three in Rule 5

The Rule 5 Draft completed a little while ago and the KC Royals did not select anyone, in either the Major League stage or the minor league rounds.

However, they did lose three players.

Daniel Stumpf AFLC1

Royals lefty Daniel Stumpf pitching in the AL Championship (screenshot via

In the Major League phase, the Royals lost lefty Daniel Stumpf to Philadelphia. I thought Stumpf might be selected, with how well he pitched at the end of the season and how well he is currently pitching in Puerto Rico.

The lefty is a ground ball specialist and held left-handed hitters to a .167 average in 2015 with Double-A NW Arkansas.

The Phillies are looking to bolster their bullpen and Stumpf could fit right in. The Phillies have Mario Hollands coming back from Tommy John surgery, new addition James Russell, and returnee Elvis Araujo (who missed the final month of the 2015 season with an injured groin).

The only other lefties on their roster are starter Adam Morgan, the oft-injured Matt Harrison, and minor leaguer Jesse Biddle.

Stumpf now has to stay on the Phillies active roster for the entire 2016 season or be offered back to the Royals.

Best of luck to Daniel!


The Royals then lost two catchers in the minor league rounds, thus hurting their depth at the upper levels (especially after losing Francisco Pena to Baltimore). In the minor league rounds, the players do not have to be offered back. They are now their new team’s property.

Micah Gibbs was selected by the LA Dodgers. Gibbs bounced around during the 2015 season, but only played a total of 31 games between Double-A and Triple-A. He spent a good chunk of the season on the “DL”.

Gibbs hit a combined .236 with five doubles, a triple, and a home run. He scored nine runs and drove in 12. He walked 12 times and struck out 23 times.

Behind the plate, Gibbs committed just one error in 218 combined chances. He threw out 4-of-14 base stealers and had zero passed balls.

Gibbs even pitched an inning with Omaha.

Santiago Nessy

Santiago Nessy on base in the Blue Rocks final regular season game on September 7, 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Santiago Nessy was selected by the NY Yankees. He spent the 2015 season (his first season in the Royals farm system) between NWA and High-A Wilmington. It was the first time he had ever played above the High-A level (originally with Toronto).

Though Nessy is a nice guy, it was tough to watch him catch with the Blue Rocks. He could never seem to block anything in the dirt: everything got by him. He had seven passed balls with the Blue Rocks. He threw out a combined 26-of-76 base stealers.

It was also a tough season at the plate for Nessy, who only hit a combined .220 in 66 games. He did have 11 doubles, a triple, and four home runs, while scoring 17 runs and driving in 25. He walked 15 times compared to 52 strikeouts. Nessy’s average climbed at the very end of the season, as he went 8-for-17 to end the year in Wilmington (prior to the postseason, in which he only entered on defense in the final inning of the final game).

Best of luck to both Micah and Santiago!


About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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