Who are some of the best potential Rule 5 eligible prospects who the Pittsburgh Pirates may be able to take in this year's draft?
The Rule 5 Draft is a way for teams to ‘steal’ prospects from other teams. Minor leaguers with 4-5 years of service time (depending on the age they signed at) and not on their team’s 40-man roster are eligible to be selected. Most of the time, it’s a complete shot in the dark, with hidden gems appearing only every now and then.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will have the eighth overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft. The draft lottery does not affect the order in which the Rule 5 Draft takes place and is based on the traditional worst-to-first order in regular season records. While the Pirates won’t have as much free rein as they’ve had in previous seasons, they will still get a top-ten pick.
But who are some names they should consider taking if they decide to pick someone?