LAS VEGAS – On Thursday, MLB teams with room on their 40-man roster will have an opportunity to pluck a player from another organization in the annual Rule 5 Draft with the hopes of finding a true diamond in the rough.

Though a much different version of the Rule 5 Draft has existed as far back as 1892, the 2018 variety no longer allows teams to uncover lesser known minor leaguers to immediately become valuable assets to the major league roster.

Not all minor league players are eligible for selection. Teams retain control over players for five years when signed at age 18 or younger and four years when signed at 19 or older.

So, while each organization may have multiple prospects with enticing upside, most are safe from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft.

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