Value is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to the Rule 5 draft, with each team hoping to find a potential hidden gem amongst a seemingly endless list of eligible players.
There isn’t a proven formula for landing a sure-fire major league player through the draft, as it usually has as much do with luck as it does scouting. And because any player selected in the major league phase of the draft has to be viewed as a potential addition to the 25-man roster—and a $50,000 investment—teams tend to target players based on specific organizational needs.
Specifically, teams typically prefer power arms—especially left-handed ones—with a plus fastball and history of missing bats in the minor leagues, as well as up-the-middle players with speed and strong defensive profiles, displaced power hitters that play a corner position and pitchability left-handers.
Nine players were selected in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft on Thursday, as 21 teams ultimately passed on making a first-round selection.