Who Do the Pirates Need to Protect From the 2017 Rule 5 Draft?

Luis Escobar is one of three Low-A prospects who needs to be protected in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Who Do the Pirates Need to Protect From the 2017 Rule 5 Draft?

A week from today, the Pirates and every other MLB team will make some important moves to set their 40-man rosters for the offseason. The 40-man rosters all across baseball will change on a daily basis, but November 20th marks the final day to add players in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.

Any player who is eligible for the 2017 Rule 5 draft, and not added to the 40-man roster by next week, would be eligible to be selected in the draft. The players who are eligible for the first time this year are players who signed their first pro contract at the age of 19 or older in 2014, and players who signed at 18 or younger in 2013. That means college draftees and older international signings from 2014 or earlier, and high school draftees and younger international signings from 2013 ...

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