JJ Cooper from Baseball America posted a list of the top Rule 5 candidates, along with players who fit the mold of the type who get selected in the Rule 5 draft. The Pittsburgh Pirates added Austin Meadows, Luis Escobar and Dario Agrazal to their 40-man roster this off-season. That was to protect them from the Rule 5 draft, which takes place next Thursday morning. Last month, Tim Williams commented on the prospects for the Pirates who are available in the draft.
I'll start with the names included on the BA list, which also offers potential names for the Pirates, who have three open spots on their 40-man roster. There weren't any among the top choices available, but Cooper still included three Pirates on his long list of 70+ names. He has Montana DuRapau, Eric Wood and Pablo Reyes on his...
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