Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Potential Rule 5 Draft Selections

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Sep 23, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton (17) plays catch before the game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The Rule 5 Draft is just around the corner and the Pittsburgh Pirates have the first selection. Here are three players the Pirates could look to select with the top pick in the draft.

With the Pittsburgh Pirates finishing with the worst record in Major League Baseball in 2020, they not only got the number one overall pick in the amature draft, but the Rule 5 Draft as well. Rarely does a team with the first pick in the Rule 5 draft pass up their selection. There’s zero risk when it comes to picking a player in this draft.

So, while teams are not require to select a player in the Rule 5 Draft, odds are, the Pittsburgh Pirates will select someone. Again, there is zero risk and potentially a very high reward to selecting a player with that pick.

Players who qualify for the Rule 5 Draft includes those who were signed when they were 17 or younger and have spent 5 or more years with a MLB organization or were signed when they were 18 or older and have spent 4 or more years with an MLB organization. In both cases, any of these players not on a 40-man roster who are still considered rookies are up for grabs. If the Pittsburgh Pirates do select a player, they must keep them on the 26-man roster all year in order to keep them. If they do not, they are offered back to the club the player was taken from.

So far we have taken a look at Enyel De Los Santos and Zach Pop, two relievers who the Pittsburgh Pirates could potential select with the top pick in the rule 5 Draft. Today, let’s take a look at three prospects the Bucss could select in this upcoming Rule 5 Draft.