Just thought I'd pass along a nice link from our friends at Baseball America. Matt Eddy of BA discusses what qualifies a player for the Rule 5 draft and why certain players are brought up over others. Here's a rundown:
• Players signed at age 19 and older must have four years in the organization. This group consists mostly of college players drafted in ’06.
• Players signed at age 18 or younger must have five years in the organization. This pertains mostly to players signed internationally or drafted out of high school in ’05.
Pirates prospect Jimmy Negrych could be taken in the early phases. A .304 career minor league hitter, the infielder could be an alright reserve infielder.