Shelton taken first in Rule 5 Draft
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selected catcher/infielder Chris Shelton from the Pittsburgh
Teams whose players are selected in the first round by other clubs received $50,000 per player. In essence, the
The Rule 5 draft can be difficult to understand for someone who does not follow baseball, but here is the shortened version. A player who is 18 when he's signed can spend four seasons in an organization before he has to be protected. Anyone who is 19 or older must be protected after three years. Once past that time of service, a player must be put on the 40-man roster if that team wants to keep him from becoming eligible for the Rule 5 draft.
Several players have succeeded through the Rule 5 Draft in the past, most notably second baseman
The 23-year-old Shelton saw action at both Single-A Lynchburg and Double-A Altoona in 2003. He was named to Baseball America's Single-A All-Star team following the season in which he batted .359 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI. He also had a .478 on-base percentage and a .641 slugging percentage in 95 games at Lynchburg. He was promoted to Altoona in late July and batted 279 with 10 doubles and 14 RBI in 35 games.
"Our scouts feel Shelton has a chance to swing a special bat at the major league level,"
FIRST-ROUND SELECTION LIST
Team, Name, Position, Former team with minor league affiliate
2. San Diego
3. Tampa Bay
4. New York
10. Kansas City
14. St. Louis
a - Traded to