Jonathan Arauz
21-Year-Old ShortstopSS
2020 Fantasy Outlook
It's rare a 21-year old player is subject to the Rule 5 draft but Arauz was 17 when he signed out of Panama by the Phillies. In 2015, he was part of the Ken Giles deal, heading to Houston. Arauz was suspended for 50 games in 2017 after testing positive for Methamphetamine. Boston selected Arauz at the winter meetings, hoping for cost-efficient infield help. Arauz's glove plays at second base, shortstop and third base but his offense is limited. Arauz routinely sports a strikeout rate below 20 percent, but he doesn't hit the ball with much authority and only has average speed. Last year as a 21-year old in 105 combined games at High-A and Double-A, Arauz managed only 11 homers and six steals. Arauz will have to impress in the spring or else he'll be offered back to the Astros. While the Red Sox could use the cap relief, they can't afford to carry an empty roster spot all season. Read Past Outlooks
Expanded rosters help
SSBoston Red Sox
March 30, 2020
The Red Sox may have the roster flexibility to carry Arauz, a Rule 5 draft pick, if MLB expands rosters from 26 to 29 players for the first month of an abbreviated season, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
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As a Rule 5 pick, Arauz must remain on Boston's active roster all season (barring an IL stint) or be offered back to the Astros. Under normal circumstances, it's unclear that Arauz would claim one of the 26 spots to start the regular season. But a shortened season -- where teams can carry 29 players for the first month and expanded 28-man rosters for the final month -- makes it easier for the Red Sox to keep the 21-year-old Arauz. His glove is major-league ready, but Arauz still needs to develop as a hitter.
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Roster status unclear
SSBoston Red Sox
March 23, 2020
Arauz batted .214 (6-for-28) with two walks, a double, a home run, five RBI, and one run scored over 14 Grapefruit League appearances.
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Mashes three-run homer
SSBoston Red Sox
February 28, 2020
Arauz started at second base and went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run in Thursday's game against the Phillies.
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Snagged by Boston
SSBoston Red Sox
December 12, 2019
The Red Sox selected Arauz with the 10th pick of the Rule 5 draft.
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Suspended 50 games
SSHouston Astros
Suspension
April 4, 2017
Arauz was suspended 50 games for using a banned stimulant, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
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