Every season—usually in conjunction with December’s Winter Meetings—the Rule V draft takes place as a means of providing obscured prospects with an alternate path to the major leagues.
As part of the process, each team must submit a 40-man roster to the league’s front office to identify their protected prospects. Those left off the roster are then subject to the draft if they meet either of the two remaining qualifications:
- If the player has four years of minor league service at age-19 or older (junior college draft picks; college seniors)
- If the player has five years of minor league service between the ages of 16 and 18 (high school draft picks; international signings)
For more on the specifics of the draft process, be sure to read FanGraphs' Rule V draft primer.
Today, I’m more interested in looking at some of the prospects that may be unprotected and left off their organization’s 40-man roster on Nov. 20, and therefore eligible for the draft.