Pitchers are the most popular selections in the Rule 5 draft. Teams always have a pitching prospect who is talented, but isn't talented enough to crack his team's 40-man roster. Pitchers are also easier to protect, as they can be stashed in the bullpen, and used in blowout situations. The Pirates have landed some talent in this area in previous years, selecting Evan Meek in the 2008 Rule 5 draft, and getting Donald Veal in the 2009 draft. Here are the results of the Rule 5 draft over the last four years, detailing how many players were selected by position, and how many of those players were protected all season.
There have been 75 players selected in the Rule 5 draft over the last four years, and 55 were pitchers. Here is a look at the most interesting pitchers available for the Rule 5 draft this year.
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