June 25, 2021

Who should the Oakland A’s protect from the 2019 Rule 5 draft? (Athletics Nation)

The 2019 Rule 5 draft isn’t until Dec. 12, but the protection deadline is tomorrow at 5 p.m. PT. This means that teams have a little over 24 hours to add eligible players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the draft.

In a nutshell, the Rule 5 draft helps prospects make it to the big leagues. Once a player reaches either four or five seasons of minor league service (depending on their age when signed) they must be added to the 40-man roster or else they will become eligible for the draft. At that point, any other team can select the player. However, they must either remain on their new team’s MLB roster for the entire season or be offered back to the original organization. For more details on the process, click here. While Rule 5 draftees often don’t amount to much, they do occasionally turn into a solid player, as was the case for former A’s pick Mark Canha.

Last November, the A’s chose to protect four prospects, RHPs Grant Holmes and James Kaprielian and OFs Skye Bolt and Luis Barrera. They left SS Richie Martin unprotected and the 2015 first round pick was selected first overall, but he struggled mightily in his first MLB season with the Baltimore…

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