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2020 Rule 5 draft open thread

Teams will look for a diamond in the rough.

Cincinnati Reds v Kansas City Royals Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

The Winter Meetings are still taking place, albeit virtually, which means they will conclude today with the Rule 5 draft. The Rule 5 draft was designed to prevent teams from hoarding talent. Players are eligible to be drafted if they are not on the 40-man roster and (a) they were signed at age 18 or younger and five seasons have passed or; (b) they were signed at age 19 or older and four seasons have passed. A drafted player must spend the entire season on the active roster or be offered back to their original team.

The Rule 5 draft begins at 11 a.m. CT. You can follow a live audio stream at

Rule 5 draft eligible pitchers

Rule 5 draft eligible hitters

The Royals have done pretty well in the Rule 5 draft, finding Joakim Soria and Brad Keller since Dayton Moore took over.

Royals Rule 5 selections and acquisitions since 2006

Year Acquired From Result
Year Acquired From Result
2019 P Stephen Woods, Jr. TBR Offered back, acquired by Royals in a trade
2018 P Sam McWilliams TBR Didn't make the team, returned
2018 P Chris Ellis STL (acquired from TEX) Pitched 1 inning, returned
2017 P Brad Keller ARI (acquired from CIN) Remains with KC
2017 P Burch Smith TBR (acquired from NYM) Stuck with KC for entire year
2014 P Jandel Gustave HOU (acquired from BOS) Didn't make the team, claimed off waivers by SDP
2011 P Cesar Cabral BOS Traded immediately to NYY
2010 P Nate Adcock PIT Stuck with KC for entire year
2009 P Edgar Osuna ATL Offered back, but ATL declined
2008 P Jose Lugo MIN Immediately traded to SEA
2006 P Joakim Soria SDP Stuck with KC, became an All-Star

The Royals could also lose a player. Among the eligible players that could be selected are infielders Gabriel Cancel and Kevin Merrell, outfielders Seuly Matias and Brewer Hicklen, and pitchers JC Cloney, Jake Bretz, Grant Gavin, Yefri del Rosario, Evan Steele, and Stephen Woods, Jr.

Royals players selected in the Rule 5 draft

Year Lost To Result
Year Lost To Result
2018 P Elvis Luciano TOR Remains in TOR organization
2016 P Daniel Stumpf DET Allowed to elect free agency
2016 P Glenn Sparkman TOR Pitched one game, returned to KC
2015 P Daniel Stumpf PHI Pitched 7 games, returned to KC
2008 P Gilbert de la Vara HOU Didn't make team, returned to KC
2006 C Adam Donachie PHI Traded to BAL, didn't make team and returned to KC

Teams will keep selecting until no one wants to make a selection anymore. The Royals currently have three open spots on their 40-man roster. There is also a minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft.