Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Potential Rule 5 Draft Casualities

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The Pittsburgh Pirates left some notable prospects unprotected for the Rule 5 draft, but can they manage to sneak these five players through it?

The deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft has now passed. The Pittsburgh Pirates protected some of the obvious names, that being Liover Peguero, Travis Swaggerty, Jack Suwinski, and Canaan Smith-Njigba, but left out some notable prospects.

These prospects will now be exposed to the Rule 5 Draft. They will be open for any team to draft them, but they have to leave them on their 26-man roster for the entirety of the 2022 season. Now there is a chance of the Rule 5 draft not happening altogether because of CBA negotiations. But as of right now, you have to assume that it will happen.

So these were the five most notable prospects the Pirates left unprotected from selection. Will a team pick them up in the Rule 5 draft, or pass over them and remain with the Pittsburgh Pirates for now?