A's select Ryan Noda, Joelvis Del Rosario in Rule 5 Draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Athletics are in the middle of a rebuild, and as a result, the organization can take a risk by giving players a chance to prove themselves and perhaps find a gem while waiting for top prospects to develop.
Noda hit .259 with 25 home runs, 90 RBI, and 20 stolen bases with Oklahoma City last season and likely will have a shot to make the A's 26-man roster. The 26-year-old arrived to the Dodgers from the Toronto Blue Jays as a player-to-be-named-later in the Ross Stripling trade.
Throughout the 26-year-old's minor league career, Noda hit .264 with a .407 on-base percentage, 94 home runs, 361 RBI, and 58 stolen bases in 555 games playing as a first baseman and outfielder.
In addition to Noda, the A's also selected 21-year-old Joelvis Del Rosario from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The right-handed pitcher was 12-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 51 career games in the Pirates organization.