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December 13, 2013

Rule 5 Draft Recap

Scouting the Picks

by Jeff Moore and BP Prospect Staff


The Rule 5 draft took place on Thursday morning, bringing an end to what turned out to be a fairly uneventful Winter Meetings with roughly 20 minutes of prospect fury.

Rule 5 draftees are not the high-end prospects we know and love, but they’re not without their merits. The hope for each team that drafts a player is that he has one skill that is good enough to justify a roster spot on a major league club for the entire 2014 season. If not, the player is returned to his original team. Because of this, many clubs elect to pass on selecting a player.

In this year’s Rule 5 draft, only nine players were selected, the fewest in years. Below is a brief scouting report on each player, followed by the likelihood that he’ll stick with his new club for the entire season. Input from other prospect staff members is incorporated where indicated. In draft order:

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