Rule 5 Draft
Annual Rule 5 draft will take place on Thursday morning, the final day of the winter meetings. Phillies roster is at 38, two under the 40-man limit for the off-season. Look for the Phillies to make one or two selections on Thursday.
Over the years the Phillies have had success in this draft. Among those who made an impact are C Clay Dalrymple (drafted in 1959), RHP Jack Baldshun (1960), 3B Dave Hollins (1989) and
OF Shane Victorino (2004). Shane was selected by the Padres in 2002 and returned to the Dodgers. Phillies took him two years later. LHP Michael Mimbs (1994) won nine games in 1995 but went 3-12 in next two seasons.
Many were selected by the Phillies but never wore a pinstripe uniform in the majors. Among those are INF Ed Crosby (1973), RHP Jay Tibbs (1983), LHP Jeff Tabaka (1988), LHP Travis Blackley (2007).
Golden Era committee announced on Monday that no one from the 10-player ballot would be inducted into the Hall of Fame next July. Dick Allen and Tony Oliva missed by one vote; Jim Kaat, by two. That’s tough to take. No votes would be easier to digest.
Silver lining: Golden Era committee convenes in three years and Allen, Oliva and Kaat will again get another chance.
Johnny Almaraz, new Director, Amateur Scouting, has been traveling to visit with the staff and see players who were finishing their fall season . . . The MLB Rookie Career Development Program will take place January 8-11 in Leesburg, VA . . . The Phillies Career Development Program follows, January 13-16.
Today: OF Del Unser (70), LHP Darold Knowles (73) . . . Wednesday: 1B Jon Zuber (45), CH Doc Edwards (78) . . . Thursday: 1B Andy Tracy (41), RHP Bob Sebra (53) . . . Saturday: RHP Fergie Jenkins (72) . . . Monday: RHP Mike Proly (64), RHP Stan Bahnsen (70).
Who Are These Guys?
In Phillies history there have been a handful of position players who played only one game for them in the majors. Find out who they are at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
The Phanatic Team completed 740 appearances in fiscal year of 2014.