December 10, 2009 - 11:38 AM
Another good sign the Mets are being more active on behalf of the Bisons: They selected four players Thursday in the Triple-A portion of the Rule V draft that capped the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis. Each one costs $12,000; the Triple-A phase allows you to select players who were in Class A or Double-A last year.
Maybe they'll turn into something for Buffalo, maybe they'll turn into nothing. But it should be noted the Mets were the only big-league parent to make four choices in the Triple-A phase.
The rundown of the choices, with links to show you career stats:
John Lujan (RHP-Chicago White Sox): He's 6-1, 200 pounds, 24 years old. Was 3-5, 4.45 last year in 37 games at Double-A Birmingham, all in relief. Was 3-2, 3.43 in 50 relief outings at Birmingham in 2008.
Marshall Hubbard (1B-Seattle): 6-2, 215, 26. He's played the last three years at Double-A West Tennessee, averaging 14 homers and 67 RBIs in those seasons. Numbers were .271-14-70 last season.
Rolando Valdez (RHP-San Diego): 6-1, 191, 23. Was 1-0, 5.01 in 17 relief outings at Double-A San Antonio. Struck out 28 and walked 12 in 32 1/3 innings.
Orlando Lara (LHP-San Diego): 5-10, 185, 24. Has pitched last two years for Mexico City Reds in both starting and relief roles. Went 5-3, 5.03 in 2009 in 18 outings (seven starts)
In the major-league phase, Chuck Lofgren was selected off the Cleveland roster by Milwaukee. Lofgren, a six-year Tribe farmhand who pitched one game for the Bisons in 2007, must be kept in the big leagues by the Brewers or offered back to the Tribe.