2010 Rule 5 Options: Adam Miller

At one point in time, Adam Miller was one of the top prospects in all of baseball.  A first round pick by the Cleveland Indians in 2003, Miller could get his fastball up to the upper 90s, and rated in the top 50 of Baseball America’s top 100 prospects from 2005-2008, highlighted by a #16 ranking in 2005.  Miller was the 29th best prospect in the game heading in to the 2008 season, and set to return to AAA after 70 combined...

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Louis Coleman and Tim Collins Not Rule 5 Eligible

Louis Coleman and Tim Collins, two relief pitchers for the Kansas City Royals, looked like two of the best options available for the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The decision for Kansas City to leave both players unprotected was a surprise, considering their results at the AAA level, and the chance that both players could make the majors in 2011.  There’s a good reason they were unprotected: they didn’t need to be protected....

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Who Should the Pirates Take in the Rule 5 Draft?

The 2010 Rule 5 draft will be held on December 9th, on the final day of the Winter Meetings.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have the first pick in the draft, and are almost certain to make a selection.  There is currently no space on the 40-man roster, although teams don’t have to outright a player off the roster until December 6th, giving the Pirates plenty of time to clear a space. I took a look at some of the most intriguing options...

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2010 Rule 5 Draft Eligible Players: Pitchers

Pitchers are the most popular selections in the Rule 5 draft.  Teams always have a pitching prospect who is talented, but isn’t talented enough to crack his team’s 40-man roster.  Pitchers are also easier to protect, as they can be stashed in the bullpen, and used in blowout situations.  The Pirates have landed some talent in this area in previous years, selecting Evan Meek in the 2008 Rule 5 draft, and getting Donald Veal...

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2010 Rule 5 Draft Eligible Players: Position Players

Position players don’t get selected as frequently as pitchers in the Rule 5 draft, and for two good reasons.  Teams usually try to protect their promising position players, and even if an intriguing option is left out there, it’s easier to protect a pitcher than it is a position player.  Here are the results of the Rule 5 draft over the last four years, detailing how many players were selected by position, and how many of...

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