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Complete 2023 Rule 5 Draft results, analysis

Yankees arms targeted early, 73 players swap organizations
December 6, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Yankees arms were on the move on Wednesday afternoon at the Winter Meetings and, no, it wasn’t part of a return for Juan Soto. Three Yankees Minor League pitchers were taken among the 10 players selected in the Major League phase of the 2023 Rule 5 Draft.

Toolshed: Judging stickiness of Rule 5 picks

On scale of one to five, assessing selections most likely to last
December 11, 2020

First, there were the picks. Next comes figuring out who sticks. On Thursday, 18 players were selected in the Major League phase of the annual Rule 5 Draft. With their selections, each of the 18 took another step toward their goal of playing in The Show (or in one case,

18 for '20: Rule 5 Draft results

Soriano, de Geus, Baddoo taken with top three picks in large class
December 10, 2020

It turned out to be an active Rule 5 Draft after all. Topped by right-hander Jose Soriano, 18 players were chosen in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday -- equal to the number of selections in 2017 and 2016 and just shy of the 19

Toolshed: 2020 Rule 5 Draft preview

Establishing basics, previewing picks before Thursday's event
December 8, 2020

Readers might note this edition of Toolshed does not come with a Dallas dateline. Like so many events in 2020, baseball's Winter Meetings are being held virtually this year rather than from deep in the heart of Texas. That, of course, includes the Rule 5 Draft. The annual event typically

Prospects added to 40-man, protected from Rule 5

Top Minor Leaguers earning roster spots before Friday deadline
November 20, 2020

Friday marks the biggest day yet in the careers of some of the most prominent prospects in baseball. Others might be left wondering what comes next. The deadline by which eligible players must be added to 40-man rosters or else qualify for the Rule 5 Draft is Friday, 6 p.m.

Toolshed: Rule 5 Draft protection preview

Evaluating which top prospects will be added to 40-man rosters
November 17, 2020

The 40-man roster additions are coming. The 40-man roster additions are coming! As discussed in the last Toolshed, Nov. 20 is a big day on the baseball calendar. It's the deadline at which eligible players must be added to their respective 40-man rosters or they'll be left vulnerable to the

Toolshed: Top 2016 picks meet Rule 5 protection

Gauging which prep selections will be added to 40-man rosters
November 13, 2020

Next Friday will be an important day on any prospect lover's calendar. Nov. 20 is the date by which Major League clubs have to add eligible players to their 40-man rosters or leave them unprotected for this year's Rule 5 Draft, which will take place on Dec. 10. Rule 5-eligible

Toolshed: Payton seeing Red as Rule 5 pick

Outfielder rides 30-homer season in A's system to a shot at bigs
January 10, 2020

During the last month, Mark Payton developed a joke with his friends and family back home in Illinois."I've got to be getting close to the record for the most times drafted," he said. "This has to be close."A 31st-round pick of the Twins out of high school in 2010. A

Toolshed: Judging Rule 5 Draft stickiness

Orioles, Tigers selections on strongest paths; Sox pick weakest
December 13, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The excitement of the Rule 5 Draft has passed. Now, the work begins.Eleven Minor Leaguers were taken in the the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, thus earning chances to crack big league rosters with their new clubs.

Garcia, Bailey highlight 2019 Rule 5 picks

Yankees hurler, Astros righty join Tigers, Orioles with first picks
December 12, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Eleven Minor Leaguers moved to new organizations Thursday with newfound hope of cracking a Major League roster.The Tigers selected Yankees right-hander Rony Garcia with the first overall pick in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Astros righty Brandon Bailey went to

Toolshed: 2019 Rule 5 Draft preview

Potentially active teams, prospects who could be on the move
December 10, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Big free-agent deals and blockbuster trades are always possibilities at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings, but there's only one event that guarantees a batch of transactions in a condensed time frame.The Rule 5 Draft is an opportunity for blocked Minor Leaguers to get their crack at the

Prospects added to 40-man MLB rosters

Players protected from Rule 5 Draft prior to Wednesday deadline
November 19, 2019

It's time for some Major League dreams to get one step closer to reality. By 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Major League organizations added any eligible players to their 40-man rosters or risked losing those players in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 12 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.Rule

Toolshed: 40-man protection preview

Outlooks for all 30 farm systems ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline
November 19, 2019

For most, Wednesday is just Nov. 20. For some Minor Leaguers, it could be the biggest day of their baseball careers thus far.By 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, all 30 Major League organizations will lock in their 40-man rosters ahead of the Rule 5 Draft. Any players eligible for the

Toolshed: 2018 Rule 5 Draft stickiness

Royals, O's picks likely to stay; Jays teenager faces challenge
December 14, 2018

LAS VEGAS -- Getting taken in the Rule 5 Draft is one thing. Sticking to the Major League roster for an entire season as a Rule 5 pick, well, that's a horse of a different color.Fourteen players were given Major League life Thursday when they were picked in the Rule

Martin, McWilliams lead 2018 Rule 5 Draft

Orioles, Royals, Giants make two picks each at Winter Meetings
December 13, 2018

LAS VEGAS -- The Orioles and Royals made the first two picks in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft, and they didn't stop there.The O's selected A's shortstop Richie Martin with the first overall pick and later traded with the Phillies for Dodgers infielder Drew Jackson while the Royals took Rays

Toolshed: 2018 Rule 5 Draft preview

A's Martin, Astros' Ferrell among potential picks come Thursday
December 11, 2018

LAS VEGAS -- For anyone who's never seen the Rule 5 Draft in person, let's set the scene.This is nothing like the Rule 4 Draft (i.e. the First-Year Player Draft) that took place in June. There aren't cameras all around. There isn't a studio crew breaking down each pick for

Toolshed: 2018 Winter Meetings preview

Possible blockbusters, philosophy changes to affect prospects
December 7, 2018

What happens in Vegas isn't staying in Vegas. Not next week. One of the busiest times of the baseball offseason will be upon us when the Winter Meetings arrive in Las Vegas on Sunday and stretch through the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.Traditionally, the Winter Meetings are a time when officials

The Show Before the Show: Episode 186

Bucs' Tucker talks about 40-man roster, award-winning AFL trip
November 29, 2018

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review The Show Before the Show on iTunes. The podcast is also available via

Prospects added to 40-man rosters

Rule 5-eligible players protected before Tuesday's deadline
November 20, 2018

By 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, a lot of prospects will receive promising news.That's the deadline by which eligible players must be added to their respective Major League organizations' 40-man rosters lest they be made available for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft, which takes place Dec. 13

Toolshed: 40-man roster protection preview

A system-by-system rundown of ranked Rule 5-eligible prospects
November 16, 2018

With a single transaction, a bunch of prospects are about to take big steps in their careers, while others will be left to await their fate.Next Tuesday, Nov. 20, brings the deadline in which organizations must protect eligible players from the Rule 5 Draft by adding them to their 40-man

Toolshed: Ford ready to seize chance with M's

Rule 5 pick will get long look in spring following injury to Healy
February 16, 2018

Mike Ford had never been drafted before. He was named the Ivy League's 2013 Player and Pitcher of the Year -- the first person in the conference to win both -- after hitting .320/.443/.503 with six homers and producing a 0.98 ERA over 64 innings as a junior at Princeton. He

Toolshed: Judging Rule 5 Draft stickiness

Burdi, Smith have legitimate chances; Gose faces uphill climb
December 15, 2017

The drafting is done. Next comes the hard part.The Rule 5 Draft took place Thursday morning to close out this year's Winter Meetings with 18 players heading to new organizations during the event's Major League phase. Of those 18, there were 13 right-handed pitchers, two left-handers, two outfielders and one

Reyes, multiple picks headline Rule 5 Draft

Outfielder goes to Tigers; Orioles pick three; Royals, Bucs take two
December 14, 2017

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Eighteen Minor Leaguers were given new life Thursday morning.That's how many players were picked during the Major League phase of this year's Rule 5 Draft, held as part of the Winter Meetings. All 18 will be given chances to crack the MLB roster with their

Toolshed: 2017 Rule 5 Draft preview

Looking at prospects who could hear their name called in Orlando
December 13, 2017

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida -- A few prospects will soon see their biggest dreams realized. They'll be given the opportunity to become Major Leaguers.That's the glory of the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. ET here at the Winter Meetings.

Roundup: 40-man roster additions

Prospects protected from Rule 5 Draft before Monday deadline
November 20, 2017

By Monday night, a bunch of Minor Leaguers will be one step closer to reaching the game's top level.The deadline to add eligible players to the Major League 40-man roster, thus protecting them from this year's Rule 5 Draft, is Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.