The 2011 Rule 5 draft takes place tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM EST. The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a pick in each of the last four drafts under Neal Huntington. In order to continue that trend, they will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster before tomorrow's draft.
We've talked a lot about the Rule 5 draft on this site, mostly from the perspective of who the Pirates need to protect from the draft, and who they could lose. Normally I do an extensive preview of the available players, looking at some of the top options around the league. I didn't do that this year for two reasons. The first reason was the 2012 Prospect Guide, which took up most of my time, leaving me with very little time to look at the list of available players. In fact, I didn't look at any players until I started writing this post. I guess what I'm saying is: buy the Prospect Guide.
I also didn't do a preview this year (until now) because the Rule 5 draft has gotten to be over-blown. That might sound hypo...
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.