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Pirates Unlikely to Make Rule 5 Pick; Could Lose Zack Thornton

Pirates Unlikely to Make Rule 5 Pick; Could Lose Zack Thornton

The Rule 5 draft caps off the 2013 Winter Meetings tomorrow afternoon. Last year was the first year under Neal Huntington that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't make a pick. Their 40-man roster is full, and Rob Biertempfel reports that Huntington says they aren't likely to make a pick again this year.

https://twitter.com/BiertempfelTrib/status/410883905353310208

Zack Thornton is the most likely Pirates prospect to be taken in the Rule 5 draft.

That makes sense, as there aren't many players who you would want to remove from the 40-man to make room for a Rule 5 guy. The guys you would remove will either eventually be removed for free agents, or are just as good as the Rule 5 options.

On the flip side of things, the Pirates look very likely to lose right-handed pitcher Zack Thornton in the Rule 5 draft. Baseball America released their Rule 5 preview today, listing Thornton second in the list of players who can help teams now. They note that he gets a lot of ground balls and has ex...

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