Jake Mangum is unprotected before the Rule 5 draft

Jake Mangum is unprotected before the Rule 5 draft

NEW YORK — The Mets left one of their top defensive prospects exposed ahead of the Rule 5 draft on Tuesday, as they did not add any to the 40-man roster before the deadline.

The team decided not to protect the outfielder Jake Mangum, who is eligible for the Rule 5 draft for the first time Mangum, the club’s fourth-round selection in the 2019 MLB Draft, was limited to 72 games this season due to a stress reaction in his spine. He is considered old for a prospect at 26 years old and does not rank in the MLB pipeline Top 30 Mets Prospects. But he’s considered one of the best defensive players in the organization at any position, which could tempt opposing teams.

The Rule 5 Draft The winter meeting in San Diego is scheduled for December 7. Players who sign their first professional contract at age 18 or younger must be added to the 40-man roster within five seasons or become eligible to be drafted by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed 19 or older must be protected through four seasons. Clubs pay $100,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft. If that player is not on the 25-man roster for the entire season, he must pay $50,000 back to his former team.

Consuegra — though — ranked as the Mets’ No. 23 prospect By MLB Pipeline — Rated higher than Mangum, he’s 22 years old with no experience above Class A ball, making him unlikely to be drafted. Mangum, by contrast, is a former Mississippi State star who played 144 games in the high minors. If he goes unclaimed in the Rule 5 draft, Mangum will have a strong chance to make New York’s opening day roster as a reserve outfielder. But other teams could take a chance on Mangum, a dynamic center fielder who holds MSU’s career hit record.

The Mets have eight openings on their 40-man roster, but will need to use several on pitchers to fill out their staff.

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