The Phillies added five players to the 40-man roster, which protects them from the Rule 5 Draft:
Right-hander Justin De Fratus. De Fratus, an 11th-round selection in the 2007 draft, split the season between single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading. In a career-high 49 games, the 23-year-old went 3-0 with 21 saves and a 1.94 ERA. He held opposing hitters to a .208 average and struck out 71 batters in 65.0 innings. In the Arizona Fall League, De Fratus threw 7.0 scoreless innings for the Mesa Solar Sox with one save and 11 strikeouts, earning him a selection to the AFL Rising Stars Game.
Shortstop Freddy Galvis. Galvis, who just turned 21 last Sunday, spent this past season with Reading. He led all Eastern League shortstops with a .982 fielding percentage in 2010, committing just 11 errors in 624 total chances. In 138 games, the switch-hitting Galvis batted .233 with five home runs, 48 RBI and 16 stolen bases. He was originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2006.
Second baseman Harold Garcia. Garcia, a 24-year-old second baseman, split the season between Clearwater and Reading. In July, he broke a 59-year-old Florida State League record by hitting safely in 37 consecutive games. Signed as an amateur free agent in 2004, the Venezuelan native hit .305 this season with 8 home runs, 64 RBI and 29 stolen bases in 101 games.
Infielder Matt Rizzotti. Rizzotti, 24, played at three different levels last season (Clearwater, Reading, and triple-A Lehigh Valley). A sixth-round selection in the 2007 draft, Rizzotti led the entire organization with a .343 average and slugged 36 doubles, 17 home runs and 76 RBI in 125 combined games. The first baseman was elected to both the midseason and postseason Eastern League All-Star teams, was named the Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for May and earned Eastern League Player of the Month honors for June. Rizzotti also batted .333 with 12 RBI in 19 games for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. He would need to find a position other than 1B if he stays with the Phillies and they don’t want to part with Ryan Howard, but could prove excellent trade bait at the very least.
Second baesman Cesar Hernandez. Hernandez, a switch-hitting second baseman, spent the entire season with single-A Williamsport. In 65 games with the Crosscutters, the 20-year-old batted .325 with 23 RBI and 32 stolen bases. Hernandez was originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2006 out of Valencia, Venezuela.
The Phillies now have 40 players on the 40-man roster.
Notables not protected for the Rule 5 Draft include Joe Savery, D’Arby Myers and Tuffy Gosewisch. It was not surprising they were not added. Sadly, Danys Baez remains protected on the 40-man roster as does David Herndon who was a Rule 5 acqusition from Anaheim last year. Rule 5 signees must remain on the MLB active roster for a full season or be returned to their original franchise. Subsequent to the Rule 5 Draft, this 40-man roster could change but a copy is enclosed:
Philadelphia Phillies 40-Man Roster
|Philadelphia Phillies 40-man Roster|
|55||Danys Baez||R-R||6’3″||225||Sep 10, 1977|
|58||Antonio Bastardo||R-L||5’11″||195||Sep 21, 1985|
|56||Joe Blanton||R-R||6’3″||245||Dec 11, 1980|
|48||Drew Carpenter||R-R||6’3″||240||May 18, 1985|
|52||Jose Contreras||R-R||6’4″||255||Dec 6, 1971|
|Justin De Fratus||S-R||6’4″||215||Oct 21, 1987|
|53||Sergio Escalona||L-L||6’0″||210||Aug 3, 1984|
|65||Yohan Flande||L-L||6’2″||180||Jan 27, 1986|
|34||Roy Halladay||R-R||6’6″||230||May 14, 1977|
|35||Cole Hamels||L-L||6’3″||190||Dec 27, 1983|
|57||David Herndon||R-R||6’5″||230||Sep 4, 1985|
|38||Kyle Kendrick||R-R||6’3″||215||Aug 26, 1984|
|54||Brad Lidge||R-R||6’5″||210||Dec 23, 1976|
|46||Ryan Madson||L-R||6’6″||200||Aug 28, 1980|
|47||Scott Mathieson||R-R||6’3″||190||Feb 27, 1984|
|64||Drew Naylor||R-R||6’4″||235||May 31, 1986|
|44||Roy Oswalt||R-R||6’0″||190||Aug 29, 1977|
|66||J.C. Ramirez||R-R||6’3″||225||Aug 16, 1988|
|67||Jesus Sanchez||R-R||5’11″||160||Sep 24, 1987|
|49||Vance Worley||R-R||6’2″||230||Sep 25, 1987|
|59||Mike Zagurski||L-L||6’0″||220||Jan 27, 1983|
|51||Carlos Ruiz||R-R||5’10″||215||Jan 22, 1979|
|23||Brian Schneider||L-R||6’1″||210||Nov 26, 1976|
|7||Brian Bocock||R-R||5’11″||185||Mar 9, 1985|
|Freddy Galvis||S-R||5’10″||170||Nov 14, 1989|
|Harold Garcia||S-R||5’11″||190||Oct 25, 1986|
|Cesar Hernandez||S-R||5’10″||160||May 23, 1990|
|6||Ryan Howard||L-L||6’4″||255||Nov 19, 1979|
|27||Placido Polanco||R-R||5’10″||190||Oct 10, 1975|
|Carlos Rivero||R-R||6’3″||200||May 20, 1988|
|Matt Rizzotti||L-L||6’5″||235||Dec 24, 1985|
|11||Jimmy Rollins||S-R||5’8″||170||Nov 27, 1978|
|26||Chase Utley||L-R||6’1″||190||Dec 17, 1978|
|21||Wilson Valdez||R-R||5’11″||170||May 20, 1978|
|9||Domonic Brown||L-L||6’5″||200||Sep 3, 1987|
|10||Ben Francisco||R-R||6’1″||190||Oct 23, 1981|
|3||Ross Gload||L-L||6’1″||190||Apr 5, 1976|
|29||Raul Ibanez||L-R||6’2″||225||Jun 2, 1972|
|40||John Mayberry||R-R||6’6″||235||Dec 21, 1983|
|8||Shane Victorino||S-R||5’9″||190||Nov 30, 1980|
The Rule 5 draft is a MLB player draft that occurs each year in December, at the annual Winter Meeting of general managers. The Rule 5 draft aims to prevent teams from stockpiling too many young players on their minor league affiliate teams when other teams would be willing to have them play in the majors. The Rule 5 Draft is named for its place in The Official Professional Baseball Rules Book. The June “Rule Draft”, known as simply “the draft,” “amateur draft,” or “first year player draft”, is a distinctly different process in which teams select high school and college players.
When a team selects a player in the Rule 5 Draft, it pays $50,000 to the team from which it is taking the player. The player must then stay on the 25-man active Major League roster all season, or else be offered back to the original team at a cost of $25,000. Teams also sometimes work out trades to circumvent this requirement. The Draft will take place at next month’s Winter Meetings in Orlando.
Notable Rule 5 draftees include Evan Meek, Jose Capellan, Darren O’Day, R.A. Dickey, Victor Garate, Joakim Soria, Josh Hamilton, Dan Uggla, Ryan Rowland Smith, Willy Taveras , Wil Ledezma, Jay Gibbons, Scott Podsednik, Johan Santana and Shane Victorino
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