Pittsburgh Pirates: Three High-Floor/Low-Ceiling Prospects in the Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates could keep these high-floor/low-ceiling prospects in mind during the Rule 5 Draft.
Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Kristian Robinson during a minor league spring training game on Mar.
Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Kristian Robinson during a minor league spring training game on Mar. / Rob Schumacher/The Republic
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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.