*Update (11/20): 40-man roster additions included: Elias Diaz (C),
Pedro Florimon (OF), Wily Garcia (OF), Nick Kingham (RHP) & Jameson Taillon (RHP).
[Nov. 19, 2014]
D-Day, in the baseball sense, is today.
That’s ‘D’ for ‘decision,’ as in all 30 Major League clubs have until midnight to decide which eligible players will be included on the 40-man roster as protection from next month’s Rule 5 draft.
Rule 5 eligible players who are not listed on the 40-man roster are considered “unprotected” or “exposed,” and can be drafted away from their current team by opposing ballclubs. Currently at-risk? How about Nick Kingham and Elias Diaz.
Of course, there’s also a catch –
Rule 5 draft selections cost the acquiring team $50,000, and the draftee must remain on his new team’s active, 25-man roster throughout the entirety of the upcoming season (disabled list time excepted). Any Rule 5 selection who is removed from the active roster before the cutoff date is offered back to their original team for $25,000.
Good, because there’s more.
Professional tenure, not playing time, determines draft eligibility.
In Pirates-speak, the distinction means if top pitching prospect, Jameson Taillon, is left unprotected, he can be selected by other teams because a season on the disabled list still qualifies as a year of professional tenure. Taillon is part of a list surprisingly full of relatively high-profile prospects to have Rule 5 eligibility, all of whom qualify under one of these conditions:
- Signed at age 19 or older, with four years of professional experience
- Signed at age 18, with five years of professional experience
In general, this year’s class of first-time eligible players consists of international signings from 2010, high school players from the 2010 MLB Draft and college players from the 2011 MLB Draft. Along with Taillon, who was originally selected out of The Woodlands High School in the 2010 MLB Draft, other Tribe players in the Pirates organization to qualify for the draft are: (*= first-time eligible)
Elias Diaz (C)
*Nick Kingham (RHP)
Brad Lincoln (RHP)
A.J. Morris (RHP)
Andy Oliver (LHP)
Mel Rojas (OF)
Jose Tabata (OF)
*Jameson Taillon (RHP)
Tyler Waldron (RHP)
The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have two slots available on the 40-man roster. But as Pirates MLB.com reporter, Tom Singer, suggests, Diaz and Taillon are both likely locked into the final two roster spots. This leaves several key names still on the board (full list below) with an already full 40-man roster, and only 12 hours remaining until the midnight deadline.
It’s Decision Day — Pittsburgh and its 29 fellow Major League clubs are on the clock.
Full List of Rule 5 Eligible Players (courtesy Pirates Prospects)
Christopher De Leon
Zack Von Rosenberg
Melvin Del Rosario