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Tigers will select first in the 2019 Rule 5 draft: Here’s how it works

The Detroit Tigers will have the first overall pick in the 2019 Rule 5 draft for the second time in three years. The draft which will take place on December 12, 2019 in San Diego, California.

Major League Baseball teams must submit their 40-man rosters by November 20 in order to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. The Detroit Tigers currently have 33 players on their 40-man roster following their latest round of cuts and free agent departures. Eight of the Tigers’ top 30 prospects ranked by will be eligible if they are not added to the 40-man roster by the deadline.