Baseball America Adds Connor Scott to Their List of Available Rule 5 Picks

Baseball America continued to update their list of the top players available in next week’s Rule 5 draft. Today was their fourth daily update and they added their fourth name for the Pittsburgh Pirates, though this one had a bit of a different arrival to the list.

The first list included 15 of the top names available. The Pirates had Malcom Nunez and Matt Gorski on that list. That was followed by adding Blake Sabol, giving the Pirates three of the first 25 names. Their third update didn’t have any Pirates, so we looked at players at positions of need, who might be good fits for the Pirates with the third overall pick (link has links to previous articles as well).

BA stretched their list to 58 names on Friday morning, as we get closer to the Rule 5 draft. Altoona outfielder Connor Scott was added, but as part of a group of special cases. BA included every first round pick who is eligible for the draft. Scott was taken 13th overall in the 2018 draft by the Miami Marlins.

BA had a very interesting note about the first round players. A total of 41 have been available since the 2012 Rule 5 draft. Only two of them have been taken, and only one stayed with their new team. That was Richie Martin with the Oakland A’s (selected by the Baltimore Orioles) and he has put up -2.0 WAR in three big league seasons.

Scott seems highly unlikely to be selected. The 23-year-old hit .247/.308/.390 in 109 games for Altoona, with 24 doubles, four triples and seven homers. He had ten steals in 16 attempts, after showing better base running numbers in previous seasons. While he made some solid defensive plays and saw action at all three outfield spots, he doesn’t have any tools that stand out, which would entice a team to take a player who isn’t ready for the majors, but has potential future upside.

Scott should return to Altoona for 2023, where he can try to have that breakout season the Pirates were hoping for when they picked him up in the Jacob Stallings deal.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Well, I said that we could easily cut Ali Sanchez? Apparently, the Buccos agreed. He just got claimed by the D’backs.


Wonder when they DFD’d him?


I read on MLBTRADERUMORS that they don’t have to announce it, so we may never know. 😩😩🤐🤐

Btw, Yajure and his 7.58 ERA just got claimed by the Giants. We’re losing all of our studs!

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There goes our chances to win this and next season, Nutting is cheap!

b mcferren

remember that year we lost 5 guys in the first six picks of the 2003 rule5 draft? Joey Bats, Chris Shelton, Rich Thompson, Frank Brooks and Jeff Bennet


I remember Littlefield trying to spin it by saying that many players getting picked was a good thing since that meant that we had a strong farm system.


And do you remember how little that mattered?


Bautista getting picked probably screwed up his development and was part of the reason that he almost washed out of the league before fixing things with Toronto.


Still wonder how he suddenly went fro 13 HR to 54 HR when he never had shown that much power in his career before that huge season.


One of his Toronto teammates said “swing sooner.”


Remember the angst tho when Chris Shelton got off to that amazing power start?


Hope Springsteen eternal


We’re you born to run?


Springs. I fear that the Autocorrect editors hate humans.


Artificial intelligence is slowly taking over…


It does!

Wilbur Miller

That’s a pretty imaginative autocorrect.


I just wish that I was that inventive.


I became a Connor Scott fanboy one evening in Bowie, where he was the game MVP, leaping above the RF fence and robbing Bowie of a walk-off HR. Also had a sensational catch in the gap at the wall. Had 2 or 3 hits also and a SB. Congratulated him after the game while he was signing autographs…..real nice kid. I like his game. Sort of an Alex Presley type player.



I still laugh randomly when I think of that gif you posted with the mullet guy saying wtf. It was about that hr if cycles guy.

Wilbur Miller

Oh, noes!! The O’s claimed Lewin Diaz!!


They can’t keep letting players like that get away if they want to maintain a high level of mediocrity


I can’t believe we DFA’d him!! 😱😱😱😱


I can. He’ll probably be available again in the spring.


You missed my sarcasm, I see. 🙂 🙂 🙂


Gotta use the font.


My bad! /s


Or just assume much of what he says is sarcasm…


But, what about my cogent player prospect projections?

Seriously, hav a great weekend.



Scam likely

Hello Mr. Wilson


No biggie. But, I just saw this from Mayo, concerning a very traceable farmhand from each org. What do you think we could get for him?

Pirates: Jared Triolo, 3B (No. 24)
Pittsburgh added Triolo to the 40-man roster this offseason after an up-and-down 2022 season in Double-A, though he finished very strongly. He’s a plus defender, but third base is his best position, where Ke’Bryan Hayes isn’t going anywhere. He has seen time at shortstop and even the outfield, so there is some positional flexibility here as well.


I’m hoping Triolo gets a good look at SS. I’ve read he’s extremely athletic, and if he can handle the position, he’ll surely increase his Value


A big, strong young man who can play. Sounds like a keeper to me.

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