Picking A 21st Century All-Rule 5 Team

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.

C-Jesus Flores

1B-Justin Bour

2B-Dan Uggla

SS-Everth Cabrera

3B-Marwin Gonzalez

UTIL-Ryan Flaherty

OF-Odubel Herrera

OF-Delino Deshields

OF-Josh Hamilton

UTIL OF-Alejandro De Aza

DH-Chris Shelton

SP-Luis Perdomo

SP-Sean Gilmartin

SP-T.J. McFarland

RP-Joakim Soria

RP-Darren O'Day

RP-Josh Fields

RP-Hector Rondon

RP-Jared Burton