The MLB Rule 5 draft is today at 10 AM EST. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an open spot on their 40-man roster, which means they could make a pick. Whether they actually make a pick is another issue.
The Pirates have made a pick in every draft overseen by Neal Huntington. They took Evan Meek in the 2007 Rule 5 draft. Donald Veal went in 2008, followed by John Raynor in 2009, Josh Rodriguez in 2010, and Gustavo Nunez in 2011. Meek was the only player who had any kind of impact with the team, and that was before he had his career derailed with a shoulder injury. Veal was the only player who was protected the entire season. Nunez was on the 60-day disabled list all year last year, which means he still falls under the Rule 5 guidelines next year. The Pirates waived him early in the off-season, and he was claimed by Arizona.
Rob Biertempfel quoted Neal Huntington as saying there are some upside guys in the draft pool, but that those guys might be gone when the Pirates pick. The Pirates s...
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