I talked on Wednesday about the Pirates players that are eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft in December.  When talking about who needs to be protected, there needs to be some perspective as to which players are most frequently drafted, and more importantly, which players have the best chance of being protected.

The Rule 5 draft changed in 2006, adding an extra year before players would become eligible, which really cut down the talent field.  In the last five drafts, there have been 93 players selected, with 23 players successfully protected.  Those numbers include the 2010 Rule 5 draft, based on the current rosters in mid-September.  Here is a breakdown of each year:

Out of the 18 players that were selected this year, only five were protected, and now that we're in the month...

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