I have to admit something. I am a sucker for the Rule 5 Draft. I love the idea of adding players to your Major League team so essentially free. The Blue Jays have been wildly successful at selecting players in the Rule 5 Draft and then keeping them on the big league roster for a full season. Typically teams have the most success with pitchers, as they are easier to stash and you can get them lower leverage innings. The Blue Jays have used this strategy very effectively over the past couple of seasons plucking Joe Biagini and Elvis Luciano from the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, respectively.
The Blue Jays by virtue of finishing fifth last in the MLB this past season, will select fifth overall in the Rule 5 draft. Given their past success and overall need for pitchers it is likely the Blue Jays are looking at an arm for their pick. In part one of this preview we will look at seven pitchers who like Joe Biagini could step in and have success right away in a Major League bullpen. In part two we will look at more of the Luciano types, and also starting pitchers.
Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation