Marte is a must protect for the 2011 Rule 5 draft.
We've reviewed the upcoming Rule 5 roster crunch before, noting that the Pittsburgh Pirates will have a lot of players eligible for the upcoming draft in December. With about half a season in the books, let's review the best of the first time eligible players, broken down by category. The categories will be:
Must Protect - The obvious choices
Good Talent - Guys with the talent, but lacking the results
Depth - Guys who are putting up good numbers, but ultimately fill a depth role, like a backup catcher or a bullpen arm
Fringe - Fringe prospects who have a good tool, but stand little chance of being protected, and probably won't be more than a bench player in the majors
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.