Detroit Tigers Rule 5 Draft: Max Pentecost is a hypothetical fit
The Detroit Tigers have an open spot on their 40-man roster. With the Rule 5 Draft coming up, the Tigers could use the draft to acquire Toronto catching prospect Max Pentecost.
The Detroit Tigers will have the first pick in the Rule 5 draft, held December 14. They also have an open roster spot on their 40-man roster.
According to MLB.com, any player selected in the Rule 5 draft is required to serve on the active roster for the entire season or be returned to their previous team for $25,000.
For a rebuilding team like the Tigers, the Rule 5 draft is a great way to add low-cost, under the radar talent.
In fact, the Tigers have successfully used the Rule 5 draft last year, when they acquired left-handed relief pitcher Daniel Stumpf from the Kansas City Royals.
Stumpf posted a 120 ERA+ in 37.2 innings, striking out 33 batters.
Historically, first baseman Chris Shelton and pitchers Wil Ledezma, Sean Runyan and Kyle Lobstein were all acquired by the Tigers via the Rule 5 draft.
The Tigers have another opportunity to utilize the Rule 5 draft.
One player they could hypothetically target is Toronto Blue Jays catching prospect Max Pentecost.