Mariners select ‘wicked’ Vest in Rule 5 Draft

SEATTLE — For the third straight year, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto used the Rule 5 Draft to add a relief prospect to his Major League roster, as Seattle selected Tigers right-hander Will Vest in Thursday’s virtually-held process. • How the Rule 5 Draft works | History of the Rule

SEATTLE — For the third straight year, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto used the Rule 5 Draft to add a relief prospect to his Major League roster, as Seattle selected Tigers right-hander Will Vest in Thursday’s virtually-held process.

• How the Rule 5 Draft works | History of the Rule 5 Draft

The Rule 5 Draft normally wraps up the Winter Meetings, though this year’s event was held online since the Meetings were impacted by the pandemic.

• 2020 Rule 5 Draft results, pick by pick

The Mariners have gotten good value out of their previous two Rule 5 picks, adding hard-throwing right-hander Yohan Ramirez from the Astros last year and Brandon Brennan from the Rockies in 2018. Both are part of Seattle’s current bullpen plans.

• Every Rule 5 Draft pick in Mariners’ history

Vest didn’t pitch this past regular season due to the cancelation of the Minor League season, but the 25-year-old showed promise in 2019 while posting a 3.27 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 18 walks in 55 innings over three different levels of the Tigers’ farm system.

Vest did pitch in the instructional league for the…

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