Winter Meetings Notebook: Rule 5 Draft Preview

Day three of the winter meetings wrapped up without any moves being made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, although we did have several rumors and updates about players the Pirates are talking to.  Day four will almost certainly bring at least one transaction, as the 2010 Rule 5 draft will take place at 9:00 AM, with the Pirates having the first overall pick. The Pirates haven’t said whether they will use the selection, or trade it...

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2010 Rule 5 Options: Wynn Pelzer

The Baltimore Orioles traded Miguel Tejada to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline in 2010, receiving one player in return: Wynn Pelzer.  Pelzer was recently rated the number six prospect in the Baltimore farm system heading in to the 2011 season, but for some reason the Orioles left him unprotected from the Rule 5 draft. The right hander has been a starter in his career, but profiles best as a reliever, due to the lack of a...

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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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