The Detroit Tigers will have the first overall pick in the 2019 Rule 5 draft for the second time in three years. The draft which will take place on December 12, 2019 in San Diego, California.
Major League Baseball teams must submit their 40-man rosters by November 20 in order to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. The Detroit Tigers currently have 33 players on their 40-man roster following their latest round of cuts and free agent departures. Eight of the Tigers’ top 30 prospects ranked by MLB.com will be eligible if they are not added to the 40-man roster by the deadline.
The Rule 5 draft is conducted on the last day of MLB’s annual Winter Meetings each year pursuant to Major League Rule 5. The players eligible to be selected are minor leaguers who have been with their organizations for four or five years, but are not on the team’s 40-man roster.
Who is eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft?
Players eligible this year include those who were drafted and signed their first pro contract in 2016, or those who first signed in 2015 but were under the age of 19 at the time. Essentially, this includes players who were drafted out of college in 2016 and international…