I'm in a deep league and always do research on the rule 5 picks looking for late round sleepers. First place to look is baseball america Rule 5 wrap up article at http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/ma
Some of my thoughts, much from baseball america article above, some from other resource when I did my research back in December:
7. Nationals: Matt Whitney, 3b, (Indians) Does have potential, but not ready for majors. Doubt he sticks, but if he does, will probably ride the bench all year, go back down to the minors in 09 and either fade away or have another shot in the bigs in late 09 or 2010.
10. Cardinals: Brian Barton, of, (Indians) Agree strongly with "Another Blown Save" this is the only guy with potential impact in this draft. I'll be watching him this spring. I think based on the spring, St. Louis might leave Rasmus in the minors to start the season to see what Barton can do. Summary of some stuff from baseball america article: "a potential five-tool player, hit .305/.402/.420 with 21 stolen bases in 2007 between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He was considered the consensus best gamble on the board. Most clubs were scared off by concerns about the knee surgery Barton had several weeks before the draft."
16. Nationals: Garrett Guzman, of, (Twins) Long term potential to stick in the majors, but probably maxes out as a fourth OF. Can't see him having any fantasy value.
17. Padres: Callix Crabbe, 2b, (Brewers) Maybe worth watching this spring, but only for potential of cheap steals in a deep, deep league. He tops out as a utility player. After the rule 5 draft there was brief buzz he might start at 2B, but I don't think that was ever really possible, and of course the Pads later signed Tadahito Iguchi.
I'm not going to list all the pitchers. Teams are targeting Rule 5 as Middle Relief Bullpen depth, not a lot of value here. I had originally tagged only four that are even a little bit interesting, all have already been mentioned in this thread.
1. Rays: Tim Lahey, rhp, (Twins) Pick and trade like Hamilton last year, Cubs have him. Converted Catcher, relatively new to pitching, so lightening could strike, but doubtful.
2. Pirates: Evan Meek, rhp, (Rays) chance to stick, but as MR for Pirates? Who cares?
5. Marlins: Carlos Guevara, rhp, (Reds) traded to Padres. In the deepest leagues, might be worth watching because Towers is great using the Rule 5 for the bullpen
19. Phillies: Travis Blackley, lhp, (Giants) Scoots#5 favorite Aussie. Yup, this guy at least has a shot. But it is a long, long shot. Had major surgery a while back, velocity never returned. It still might, but best guess is not. The Phillies say he is a competitor for the No. 5 starter's spot, along with Adam Eaton, Chad Durbin, and now the just added dynamic duo of Kris and Anna Benson. If by some miracle they give the #5 spot to start the season, he might be worth a last round pick in the deepest of deep leagues. But could then give up 10 ER in first outing pitching at the hitters paradise in Philly. Sorry Scoots, but with the injury, the competition, the stadium, the odds just are too long.