Fitzsimmons, Cooney Taken in Rule 5 Draft

The Rule 5 draft was held on December 8th, at the end of the annual Winter Meetings. You can click here for the rules of the draft- about who’s eligible and how much each pick costs.

No former Valley Leaguers were chosen in the Major League portion of the draft, but two were chosen in the Triple-A phase. Triple-A and Double-A selections are not required to spend the year in the major leagues, but can be stashed in the minor leagues. Here are the two, who were, oddly enough, teammates for Front Royal 4 years ago:

  1. Jon Fitzsimmons (Front Royal 2012) was picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Cleveland Indians. This was an interesting name to pop up, as Jon was a 2016 free agent signee by the Tribe. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Royals in 2013, Jon was released in 2014. After two seasons in the Independent Canadian-American Association, the Indians scooped him up. In 2016, Jon went 1-0, 3.31 in 16 1/3 innings for Lake County in the Midwest League.
  2. Harrison Cooney (Front Royal 2012), originally from the Los Angeles Angels, was picked by the Boston Red Sox. Harrison appeared on a couple top prospect lists for the Angels, and even reached Double-A in 2015, but appeared in only 2 games in 2016 due to injury.

The two will continue their march towards the major leagues in 2017!

Jon Fitzsimmons (Jarah Wright)
Jon Fitzsimmons (Jarah Wright)
Harrison Cooney
Harrison Cooney

 

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