The annual Rule 5 draft has always intrigued me. Each team has the right to protect up to 40 players who meet certain eligibility requirements having to do with age and service time. Qualifying players not protected can be purchased by other teams, in descending order of their prior year record. Here's the catch - the selected player has to remain on the selecting team's active roster for the entire year or the selecting team has to offer the player back to his original team.
In the case of Shane Victorino, whom the Phillies selected in 2004, they decided they didn't have room for him on their 25-man roster coming out of Spring Training in 2005. The Phils offered him back to the Dodgers and the Dodgers politely declined, making him Phillies property. The rest, as they say, is history.
With the selection last week of outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Diamondbacks, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the Phillies recent history in the Rule 5 draft. There's a good chance Inciarte, a speedy, above average defensive outfielder, could find himself on Charlie Manuel's 25-roster when the team leaves Clearwater in April.
Players Selected Since 2000
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2006 - Adam Donachie - c (Kansas City Royals) - Traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Alfredo Simon.
2006 - Jim Ed Warden - rhp (Cleveland Indians) - Returned on March 28, 2007.
2006 - Ryan Budde - c (Los Angeles Angels) - Returned on April 23, 2007.
2007 - Travis Blackley - lhp (San Francisco Giants) - Spent 2008 season in Phillies organization and granted free agency following the season.
2007 - Lincoln Holdzkom - rhp (Boston Red Sox) - Returned to the Red Sox.
2008 - Robert Mosebach - rhp (Los Angeles Angels) - Returned on April 1, 2009
2009 - David Herndon - rhp (Los Angeles Angels) - Spent entire 2010 season on active Phillies roster.
2010 - Michael Martinez - inf (Washington Nationals) - Spent entire 2011 season on active Phillies roster.
2012 - Ender Inciarte - of (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Players Lost Since 2000
2001 - Miguel Asencio - rhp (Kansas City Royals) - Spent entire 2002 season on active Royals roster.
2002 - Travis Chapman - inf (Cleveland Indians) - Traded to Tigers but eventually returned to the Phillies.
2009 - Carlos Monasterios - rhp (New York Mets) - Sold to the Los Angeles Dodgers on day of the draft.
2011 - Lendy Castillo - rhp (Chicago Cubs) - Spent entire 2012 season with the Cubs, although he missed significant time with a groin injury.