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RoboScout Rule 5 Draft Targets: Keep An Eye On RHP Justin Slaten — College Baseball, MLB Draft, Prospects

RoboScout Rule 5 Draft Targets: Keep An Eye On RHP Justin Slaten — College Baseball, MLB Draft, Prospects

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With the addition of Dylan White to the team at Baseball America, one of the many benefits is access to the RoboScout tool and Stuff+ scores for minor league prospects. RoboScout does an excellent job of objectively identifying high-performance prospects while balancing age to level performance among each player and their peers. 

When researching Rule 5 picks, models like RoboScout or Stuff+ allow us to cut through the noise and look at players on a somewhat even footing. We used RoboScout and Stuff+ to create charts of the top available players and listed each below. We have included the Top 20 players with the highest Roboscores among position players, the Top 20 players among available pitchers and the Top 20 Stuff+ scores among available pitchers. 

In a moment of unity between the Roboscout and the industry, the robot identified Justin Slaten as the top available player in the Rule 5 draft. He has the second-highest Roboscore, the highest among players who reached the high minors and the third highest Stuff+ score. Over the last week, Slaten’s name has been the buzziest of potential picks. Slaten was also one of five pitchers with intriguing stuff from the Arizona Fall League we identified last month.

You can find our full Rule 5 preview here.

Top 20 Available Hitters 

There’s a list of names familiar to prospect hounds in the Dodgers’ Yeiner Fernandez, the Yankees’ Jared Serna, the Tigers’ Roberto Campos, the Guardians’ Aaron Bracho and the Red Sox’ Allan Castro. Among that group, Bracho has the best chance of hearing his name selected but his bat is not likely enough to carry his lack of defensive value. 

Jorge Mendez C PHI 81
Isaac Collins LF/2B/3B MIL 78
Yeiner Fernandez C/2B/3B LAD 76
Ricardo Olivar C/LF/2B MIN 74
Nick Podkul 1B/3B PHI 74
Omar Alfonzo C/1B PIT 74
Aaron Bracho 2B/1B/3B CLE 73
Allan Castro CF/LF/RF BOS 71
Eric Wagaman 1B/3B/LF NYY 71
Andrew Navigato SS/2B/LF DET 70
Gustavo Campero C/LF LAA 70
Jeral Toledo 2B/SS/3B PIT 70
Christian Cerda C ARI 69
Jose Meza RF/LF/CF LAD 68
Javier Sanoja CF/SS/2B MIA 68
Omar Martinez C/1B NYY 68
Trenton Brooks LF/RF/1B SFG 68
Jake Holton 1B DET 67
Roberto Campos CF/RF/LF DET 67
Jared Serna 2B/SS/3B NYY 67

Top 20 Available Pitchers 

While Angel Jimenez leads the group at the top, the Rockies righthander spent the entire season at the Arizona Complex League. Following Jimenez, we see a group of pitchers already covered in our Rule 5 previews in Slaten, Coleman…

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