Rule 5 Draft Trends

The Rule 5 draft saw a major change in 2006.  Before 2006, players were eligible for their third Rule 5 draft if they were signed at age 19 or higher, or their fourth Rule 5 draft if they were signed at age 18 or lower.  In 2006, MLB changed that rule to add an extra year in both cases, giving teams an extra year to develop their prospects without being forced to add them to the 40-man roster, or risk losing them in the Rule...

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Luis Cruz placed on waivers

According to Jennifer Langosch, Luis Cruz has been placed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The move would create space on the 40-man roster for a Rule 5 selection.  Teams have until Tuesday, December 8th at 5:00 PM to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for a Rule 5 pick.  Once Cruz clears through the waiver process (or gets claimed by another team) a space will be open. This also gives an early indication of what...

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2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview: Right Handed Pitchers

Today we cap off the preview of the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  In case you missed the previous versions, I’ve covered some options at the catcher, middle infield, and outfield positions, as well as left handed pitchers.  Today we’ll go over some of the right handed pitchers available in next week’s draft.  For those of you looking for corner infielders, I apologize.  I...

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2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview: Left Handed Pitchers

The 2009 Rule 5 draft is a week away.  Already I’ve covered some options at the catcher, middle infield, and outfield positions.  Today we’ll go over some of the left handed pitchers available in next week’s draft. The Pirates not only have a need for left handed relievers, but they’ve also taken pitchers in the last two Rule 5 drafts.  They took Evan Meek in 2008, and Donald Veal in 2009....

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2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview: Outfielders

So far I’ve reviewed some catchers and middle infielders in the upcoming 2009 Rule 5 draft.  Next up we have a few outfielders who are eligible for the draft that the Pirates may want to take a look at. The Pirates are pretty secure in their outfield situation, both in the short term, and long term.  In the short term they’ve got Andrew McCutchen and Lastings Milledge in the majors, and Jose Tabata in the wings...

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