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Should Tony Watson Be Protected?

Should Tony Watson Be Protected?

There are several Pittsburgh Pirates prospects who are eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The following players are eligible for the Rule 5 draft for the first time this December:

Nathan Adcock
Gabriel Alvarado
Maurice Bankston
Tom Boleska
Jesus Brito
Brian Friday
Eric Fryer
Brandon Holden
Erik Huber
Ryan Kelly
Noah Krol
Jeff Locke
Jairo Marquez
Starling Marte
Austin McClune
Kyle McPherson
Miguel Mendez
Diego Moreno
Danny Moskos
Eliecer Navarro
Anthony Norman
Rudy Owens
Gerlis Rodriguez
Andy Vasquez
Andrew Walker
Tony Watson
Duke Welker

Add to that list these players who have been eligible for previous Rule 5 drafts:

Michael Crotta
Michael Dubee
Jared Hughes

That leaves several players who are at risk of being selected in the draft if they aren't protected by November 20th.  In order to protect a player from being drafted, the Pirates would have to add that player to their 40-man roster by the November 20th deadline.  There are several guys...

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