The Pittsburgh Pirates could keep these high-floor/low-ceiling prospects in mind during the Rule 5 Draft
The Rule 5 Draft is a low-risk process. The only thing sacrificed by selecting a player is a roster spot and $100,000 from whichever team you took the player from. On top of that, most fans won’t knock a GM if a Rule 5 pick doesn’t pan out. For starters, rarely ever does a Rule 5 pick become a productive MLB player. Second, not even all 30 teams take a player.
With that being said, the Pittsburgh Pirates should consider taking a low-floor/high-ceiling player. With so little to lose, why not consider taking the guy who has great stuff but poor command, or the batter who has 30+ homer potential, but has trouble keeping the strikeouts down? The Pirates have the eighth pick in this year’s Rule 5 draft, and here are some risky prospects to consider.