Two former RiverHawks eligible for Rule 5 draft
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December 10, 2008 - Two former RiverHawks are eligible for this week's Rule 5 draft at baseball's winter meetings.

Ex-'Hawks Justin Dowdy and Derrick Ellison, both veterans of Rockford's 2004 Frontier League championship team, are eligible for the draft, in which major-league teams can select minor-league talent from other organizations. Players not on 40-man major-league rosters are subject to the draft. If a team selects a player in the Rule 5 draft, it must pay a $50,000 fee to the player's previous organization. The selected player must remain on the big-league roster for the entire season following the draft.

Dowdy, 25, pitched in Class AA and AAA with the Oakland organization last season. He became the first former RiverHawk to play for a domestic Triple-A team. He has also pitched in the Chicago White Sox, San Diego, Seattle and Anaheim organizations.

Ellison, 30, pitched Class A ball in the Milwaukee organization last season. He has previously been the property of Seattle and the Chicago Cubs.

For more Rule 5 coverage, visit Baseball America magazine's website.


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