Pittsburgh Pirates: Three More Rule 5 Draft Picks to Consider

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PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 28: Luis Oviedo #57 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after giving up a bases loaded walk to Paul Goldschmidt #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning during the game at PNC Park on August 28, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

The Rule 5 Draft will happen at some point and there will be plenty of prospects available for the Pittsburgh Pirates to consider. Here are three more that could be on the board during their pick.

The Rule 5 Draft will commence sometime after the lockout ends. Even in previous years, where there has been a lockout or strike, the Rule 5 Draft has remained a constant. It’s a chance for minor league prospects to get a shot with another team they otherwise may not have obtained with the organization they are currently playing in. While the chances of finding a good major league player are low, it’s a low-risk chance to find a diamond in the rough.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have the no. 4 selection in the Rule 5 Draft, and this draft seems to contain more talent than last year’s draft. We have previously highlighted a few Rule 5 eligible prospects the Pirates could look into, but there are plenty more out there that the Pirates may have the opportunity to select at the 4th spot.

Last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates had the  no. 1 pick and used that on Jose Soriano. Soriano came over from the Los Angeles Angles, but the pick didn’t work out. Soriano spent nearly the entire season with an arm injury and was eventually designated for assignment. They did trade for Luis Oviedo, who the New York Mets selected, and while the jury is still out on him, his first season didn’t go so well. He struggled and faced arm injuries throughout the season.

With the draft filled with talent, what are some players the Pittsburgh Pirates may consider selecting?