LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.--In honor of tomorrow's 2017 Rule 5 draft, here's an all-star game of players picked in the Rule 5 draft in the 21st century. To make the list, a player had to make it fully through Rule 5 eligibility requirements. In other words Jose Bautista one of the best players picked in the Rule 5 draft this century, but since he ended up being traded back to his original team before fulfilling Rule 5 requirements, he's not eligible. The same story is true for Ender Inciarte and Shane Victorino.
The team is based on long-term success. What is notable is how the Rule 5 draft generally is awash in relievers, but there are very few starting pitchers to choose from. It's hard to find a catcher, but there have been some success stories in the infield. But overall, this spells out what are the best case scenarios in the Rule 5 draft over the span of 16 drafts.
The Marlins acquisitions of Justin Bour and Alejandro De Aza stand out the most because they were minor league Rule 5 picks.
UTIL OF-Alejandro De Aza