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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.
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…