Bryan Mauro- Contributing Writer (@threecolorbeard)
With the impending Rule 5 Draft in the MLB coming up on Thursday, December 8th, a Major League dream could possibly be fulfilled for a few of the Red Sox young minor league players.
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Teams are able to add players to their 40 man rosters that they wish to protect from the Rule 5 draft, thus keeping those players in their organization. Teams that have a full 40 man roster are not allowed to make a pick in this year’s draft. The Red Sox have a full 40 man roster, so they will not be able to make a pick this year.
There are a few players who Red Sox fans should keep an eye on as potential Rule 5 picks. The one name that keeps popping up is Justin Haley. Justin Haley pitched in Double A and Triple A this year. He went 13-10 with a 3.01 ERA. He is a right handed starter. Baseball America has Justin Haley as one of the top Rule 5 draft prospects available to all teams.
Haley will most likely not be a starter for the major league team that selects him. He should start as a reliever. If Haley is selected and has success at the Major League level, I look for him to have to earn his spot on the major league team after this year. I do expect Haley to be taken in the Rule 5 Draft.
There may be some other prospects from the Red Sox that could get taken in the Rule 5 draft, but Justin Haley should go early. After the essential gutting of the system, and the Winter Meetings the Red Sox, as an organization, should hope that none of the guys they view as top tier will get selected.
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I look forward to seeing which prospects exchange teams and who to look forward to watching in this years season. Bryan Mauro 12/08/2016 12:57:00 AM Tweet