The MLB Rule 5 draft takes place today at 5:00 PM EST. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the third overall pick in the draft. We’ve looked at some of the players available, as well as names of Pirates players who could be lost in the draft today.
Here are some names that might interest the Pirates.
Here’s a look at the top available names from the Pirates.
Tim Williams looked at the importance of the Rule 5 draft earlier today.
On average, teams have a player selected every other year. However, teams have a player that sticks with another team every three years.
In most cases, the Rule 5 draft is boring for teams, but the Pirates left some decent prospects unprotected AND they have two open spots on the 40-man roster to make 1-2 selections.
The minor league portion of the draft is usually busier. A look at the list of names that need to be protected on the 38-man roster of the Triple-A squad showed more than 38 interesting names for the Pirates. There’s a chance they could lose some lesser prospects on the minor league side.
Whether or not they decide to pick someone will be seen when the Triple-A current roster number is announced. If there are 38 players on the roster, they can’t make any picks.
We will post live updates below as the picks are made.
With the third overall pick, the Pirates selected lefty pitcher Jose Hernandez from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With the fourth pick, Blake Sabol went to the Cincinnati Reds.
Pirates passed in the second round.
Minor League portion
Pirates lost RHP Joelvis Del Rosario with the first pick
Pirates took RHP Wei-Chieh Huang with their first pick from the San Francisco Giants. He had big league experience in 2019
Pirates lost LHP Joe Jacques to the Boston Red Sox
Pirates lost RHP Wilkin Ramos to the New York Mets
Pirates lost RHP Domingo Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves
Pirates selected Josh Palacios from the Washington Nationals. He has played in the majors each of the last two seasons.
Pirates lost RHP Austin Roberts to the Miami Marlins
Pirates lost OF Jared Oliva to the Los Angeles Angels
Pirates lost LHP Trey McGough to the Baltimore Orioles
Pirates lost RHP Enmanuel Mejia to the Tampa Bay Rays
Pirates lost RHP Cristian Charle to the Miami Marlins
Pirates lost RHP Peter Solomon to the Arizona Diamondbacks
Pirates lost INF Yoyner Fajardo to the Minnesota Twins
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.