Braves avoid having prospects taken in Rule 5 Draft

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Every December, the Rule 5 Draft comes around, and teams have the opportunity to steal other clubs’ prospects that are not on the 40-man roster. Players that were signed at 18 years or younger must be added to the 40-man roster within five years. Players that were signed at 19 years or older must be added within four years. Otherwise, they are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. However, the caveat is the team that drafts a player must add him directly to their 26-man roster and cannot remove him without placing him on waivers.

Of all the prospects in the Braves system eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, Victor Vodnik was the one I thought had the greatest chance of being selected. But thankfully, that was avoided. Only 15 players in total were selected, and none of them were members of the Braves. The Braves also didn’t take anybody in the Rule 5 Draft, which isn’t surprising given their championship-caliber 26-man roster.

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