This isn't important enough to make a post for, but it will probably come up again. Though indications are that Triunfel wasn't eligible for rule 5 anyway, even if he was there is very little likelihood he would be taken for the following reason:
"If chosen in the Rule 5 draft, a player must be kept on the selecting team's 25-man major league roster for the entire season after the draft—he may not be optioned or designated to the minors."
In other words:
- One year of service time will be wasted.
- He will use up a valuable bench spot.
- He will not succeed in the MLB yet.
- He will lose a year of development time.
- He will be essentially sitting out from the game of baseball.
Even on a terrible team he wouldn't be drafted, because he has no chance of succeeding or learning anything on the MLB team, so he'd spend a year doing essentially nothing, getting one year older with no (and possibly counterproductive) experience while wasting a valuable spot on the roster.
I think I am creating this FanShot more for myself than for others since no one cares, but essentially any player that isn't good now in the low minors and won't succeed at the MLB level doesn't need to be protected, because they won't be drafted - and in the rare case they are, chances are they will be offered back soon after. Smiley emoticon!