2012 MLB Rule 5 Draft: Breaking Down 5 of the Top Pitching Prospects

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2012 MLB Rule 5 Draft: Breaking Down 5 of the Top Pitching Prospects
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RHP Ryan Chaffee (Angels)

This year’s list of prospects eligible to be selected in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft is highlighted by a long list of pitchers, though none of them possess a particularly high ceiling.

The most attractive prospects are those who appear capable of contributing immediately, such as relievers Josh Fields (Red Sox), Ryan Chaffee (Angels) and John Keck (Royals). Beyond that, the field is comprised of a host of starting pitchers who ultimately may offer more value in a bullpen role.

Here’s a look at five pitching prospects who are strong candidates to be selected in the Rule 5 draft.

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