Friday, December 13, 2013

Munson Added in Rule 5 Draft

2014 Chachi Transactions #11
The annual Winter Meetings wrapped up yesterday morning with the annual Rule 5 draft.  Players with enough service time not on a team's 40-man roster are eligible for the draft.  Once selected, the player has to remain on the active roster of the team that drafted him for the entire season, or be offered back to his original team.

More years than not, the Phillies use their pick to gamble on a player in the hopes that he'll work out and contribute to the team long-term.  The most successful Rule 5 picks in the past for the Phillies were easily Dave Hollins in 1989 and Shane Victorino in 2004.

This year, the Phillies selected right-handed pitcher Kevin Munson from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  If they don't keep Munson on the active roster all season, the Diamondbacks will be given the chance to take him back.  Munson, who will be 25 in January, split 2013 between Double-A and Triple-A where he went 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 53 games.  He also successfully saved 14 games.  He's appeared in various Diamondbacks minor league team sets as well as the 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition set.

2013 Topps Pro Debut #203
The Phillies also lost a player in the draft.  Right-handed pitcher Seth Rosin was selected by the Mets and then immediately traded to the Dodgers.  Back in July 2012, Rosin was the third guy acquired from the Giants in the Hunter Pence deal, with Nate Schierholtz (now with the Cubs) and Tommy Joseph (recently added to the Phillies 40-man roster.)  He appeared in both Reading Fightin Phils team sets this year, as well as the Topps Pro Debut set.

Here's the complete list of players gained and lost since 2000 by the Phillies:

Players Selected Since 2000
2004 - Shane Victorino - of (Los Angeles Dodgers) - Helped Phillies win World Series title in 2008.
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) - Made the 2013 Opening Day roster and then was designated for assignment following the first game of the season when the Phillies claimed Ezequiel Carrera off waivers.
2013 - Kevin Munson - rhp (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.
2013 - Seth Rosin - rhp (New York Mets) - Traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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