Position players don't get selected as frequently as pitchers in the Rule 5 draft, and for two good reasons. Teams usually try to protect their promising position players, and even if an intriguing option is left out there, it's easier to protect a pitcher than it is a position player. 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 only 20 position players. The least popular positions selected are corner infielders. Not shown in the chart above is that most of the outfielders selected are of the athletic, speedy, center field option variety. The reason for all of this is that teams don't usually leave a guy with power potential unprotected. Here is a look at the most interesting position players available for the Rule 5 draft this year.
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