Five names to watch in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 4: Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. during the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft at Studio 42 at the MLB Network on Monday, June 4, 2018 in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 4: Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. during the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft at Studio 42 at the MLB Network on Monday, June 4, 2018 in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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1B Jake Gatewood, Milwaukee Brewers

The biggest downside of Jake Gatewood as a Rule 5 Draft selection is the lead of every story recently, he tore his ACL in July.  He is going to miss the bulk of the 2019 season, but could still be selected if a team wants to stash him.

Gatewood is the Brewers 10th ranked prospect largely due to his raw power. He signed out of high school after being a Competitive Balance Round A pick. His strikeout numbers were worrisome. They improved a little due to new contact lenses.

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In 94 games at the Double A level Gatewood hit 19 homers and posted a wRC+ of 112.  The strikeout rate was still up near 30 percent.

To go along with his above average power, Gatewood has a plus arm. That is to be expected from a former high school shortstop. Since that time, the Brewer prospect has struggled to find a defensive home.

At the outset of his career, he was a shortstop. Since then he has moved to third and over to first. Gatewood as even dabbled in the outfield. It seems that his long term home is going to be at first, however.

It is going to be important for Gatewood to figure out how to make good contact if he is going to tap into his raw power at the major league level. Especially if his strikeout numbers do not improve.

If a team decides to take a chance on Gatewood they will have to stash him on the DL. However, if he does not reach 90 active days then he will just be under the same restrictions the following year.

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The ability to select him in the Rule 5 Draft and stash him on the DL will make him an attractive option for any team that might want to take a chance on him, because they will not have to lose a roster spot for much of the season to hold onto Gatewood.