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ROBERTO CLEMENTE
The Hall of Famer was originally signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952 but was left unprotected in the 1954 Rule 5 draft. The Dodgers’ loss was Pittsburgh’s gain as he hit .317 with 240 home runs and 1,305 RBIs. The 1966 NL MVP reached the 3,000-hit milestone before his life was tragically cut short in a plane crash.(Credit: AP)

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The top 25 Rule 5 Draft selections

What if Roberto Clemente was a Brooklyn Dodger? How about if Johan Santana was pitching for Florida?
These scenarios could have occurred if the players weren't taken in the Rule 5 Draft. The Rule 5 Draft occurs each December, allowing other teams to draft eligible players who have not been added to their original clubs' 40-man roster. The draft was put in place to keep teams from stockpiling too many young players in the minors. A Rule 5 pick has to spend the entire season on the major league roster or be placed on waivers. If he clears, the pick must be offered back to his original team.
Though most Rule 5 picks strike out, some have been a hit with their new teams.