Analysis

Which Pirates Prospects Need to be Protected From the 2014 Rule 5 Draft?

Which Pirates Prospects Need to be Protected From the 2014 Rule 5 Draft?

The Rule 5 draft is a big topic every year. In the past, the draft has led to some big finds, such as Johan Santana, Dan Uggla, and of course Roberto Clemente. In recent years, the draft has been less likely to see impact guys get taken. This is a result of MLB allowing teams an extra year before players were eligible for the draft, which happened back in 2006.

It's pretty easy to fit eligible Rule 5 guys on a roster these days. You might leave off a potential bench or bullpen guy, or someone better if a team is willing to take a risk. This past year the Milwaukee Brewers took such a risk, drafting Wei-Chung Wang from the GCL Pirates, and sending him to the majors. Wang is going to stick in Milwaukee, giving them three years to develop him in the minors before he has to be in the majors...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. We also have a promotion with DraftKings where you can get a FREE one-year subscription to the site by signing up as a new DraftKings customer and making a $5 minimum deposit.  Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

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.

More in Analysis

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

What the Pirates Pitching Prospects Can Learn From the Jake Arrieta Renaissance

James SantelliMay 4, 2016
Jameson Taillon Scott Mitchell

Top Performers: Glasnow, Taillon, Joe, Polo, Brault, Kuhl, Garcia, Waddell

Tim WilliamsMay 3, 2016
Ke'Bryan Hayes TW 43016

How Ke’Bryan Hayes Benefits From Growing Up in a Family of Baseball Players

Tim WilliamsMay 3, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Lose First 2016 Matchup Against Cubs, 7-2

James SantelliMay 2, 2016
Brandon Waddell, who was taken in the fifth round of the 2015 draft.

Brandon Waddell is the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month for April

Tim WilliamsMay 2, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Josh Bell is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month for April

Tim WilliamsMay 2, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects