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Rule 5 draft open thread

The Royals could add some talent.

Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

The Rule 5 draft takes place Thursday morning at 9 a.m. ET. The draft is a way for teams to select players from other organizations that have been blocked. Players eligible to be selected are those players not on the 40-man roster who were signed when they were 19 or older and have played in professional baseball for four years or who were signed at 18 and have played for five years. A selected player must stay on the active Major League roster for a full season or be offered back to his original team after clearing waivers.

The Royals have two roster spots on their 40-man roster and will select 15th. The Detroit Tigers have the first overall pick. Draft order is determined by reverse order of last year’s standings. Teams can select as many rounds as they have openings. There is also a minor league portion of the draft.

Among the players eligible to be selected are former first-round picks such as catchers Max Pentecost and Nick Ciuffo, first baseman D.J. Peterson, and pitchers Mark Appel, Trey Ball, Nick Travieso, Rob Kaminsky, and Kohl Stewart. The Royals could also lose some talent, with first basemen Frank Schwindel and Ryan O’Hearn, infielder Corey Toups, outfielder Elier Hernandez, and pitchers Yender Caramo, Yunior Marte, Sam Selman, and Jose Veras.