Every year, the MLB Rule 5 Draft goes overlooked, but there has been a history of some star players that have come from it.
This year could very well prove to be a similar story, as several teams have picked up players with that very star potential.
Houston Astros - RHP Josh Fields
With the first-overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft, the Houston Astros picked up Josh Fields from the Boston Red Sox.
Fields, now 27 years old, will give the Astros a major league-caliber reliever without having to outbid other teams on the open market.
In the 2012 season, split between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, Fields posted a 4-3 record with a 2.01 ERA.
Stocking up on strong arms for the back end of the bullpen has been an ongoing trend. With age, Fields’ control should improve, and he’ll get every opportunity to show what he can do throughout the season at the big league level.
Miami Marlins - OF Alfredo Silverio
Silverio, taken sixth overall in the Rule 5 Draft from the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be an intriguing prospect to watch this year.
Silverio missed all of 2012 while recovering from injuries from a serious car accident in January. Still just 25 years old, he is ready to recapture his previous form.
That form includes hitting .306 with 16 home runs and 85 RBI, as well as an impressive 18 triples in Double-A in 2011.
With the Marlins recently unloading several big-name contracts to the Toronto Blue Jays, Silverio will have every opportunity to make a name for himself with the big league club.
Chicago Cubs - RHP Hector Rondon
The Cubs took a chance on Rondon with the second overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft. Only a chance, because Rondon has struggled through several elbow injuries over the past few seasons.
For a single roster spot on a rebuilding team, a pick like this is worth the risk for a former highly-touted prospect.
Taken from the Cleveland Indians, the Cubs will hope Rondon can now stay healthy. If he can, they could have themselves a key piece to their future.