The 2010 Rule 5 Draft is today at 9:00 AM. The Pittsburgh Pirates own the first pick in the draft, with plenty of rumors surrounding how they could use the selection. I will be following all of the draft news leading up to the draft, along with the draft itself. For a preview of the draft, check out my notebook from last night.
8:00 AM: One hour until the draft. Check out the latest Rule 5 buzz from John Manuel at Baseball America.
8:30 AM: Jennifer Langosch reports that the Pirates are likely to take shortstop Josh Rodriguez with the first pick. Rodriguez, who turns 26 in about a week, hit for a .293/.372/.486 line in 317 at-bats in AAA this past year in the Cleveland farm system. He played most of his games at shortstop, and also played second base. Langosch mentions that he would fill the backup infield role if the Pirates went with Ronny Cedeno as their starting shortstop. That's kind of surprising, since I figured Pedro Ciriaco would play that role.
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