Checking The List
Mike Ondo has his list and is checking it twice.
Mike is the Phillies’ Director of Professional Scouting. His list consists of 15 names from which the Phillies may select in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft that concludes this week’s Winter Meetings. As the result of their poor record this season, the Phillies have the #1 pick. Yesterday, the Phillies outrighted LHP Joely Rodriguez leaving three openings on the 40-man roster.
That list will be digested and digested leading up to Thursday morning. Last minute calls to the pro scouting staff will be made to see if there is anything new on the names. Matt Klentak, Andy MacPhail and Ondo will zero in on their selection….or selections.
Cost of selecting a player is $50,000. That’s pretty cheap in today’s world of multi-million dollar contracts. The player must be kept on the 25-man roster all season or be offered back to the club from which he was selected for $25,000. The original club can pass which means the player can then be sent to the new team’s minor league teams.
Last year the Phillies plucked outfielder Odubel Herrera from the Texas Rangers when their turn came in the first round, eighth. He hadn’t played about AA ball but turned into a gem. Later, they took LHR Andy Oliver, the 14th and last selection. He didn’t make the club out of spring training and eventually became a free agent.
Other Phillies selections that turned out go as far back as 1959 when C Clay Dalrymple was selected from the Milwaukee Braves. Add RHR Jack Baldschun (1960), 3B Dave Hollins (1989) and OF Shane Victorino (2004).
In 2006, the Phillies took three and none hung around, C Adam Donachie, RHP Jim Ed Warden and C Ryan Budde. So, there are some duds.
Recent selections include RHP David Herndon (2009), INF Michael Martinez (2010), OF Ender Inciarte (2012) and RHP Kevin Munson (2013).
The Phillies also get first crack at players placed on waivers and so far they have picked up three relief pitchers and one outfielder. They will also have the first pick in the summer draft in June and have the largest bonus pool available for international signings next July.
Generally, this blog is posted early in the morning. This Thursday, I’ll will wait until the draft has been concluded to provide an up-to-date report on the Phillies selection(s).
C Jorge Alfaro (Venezuela), OF Dylan Cozens (Puerto Rico) and RHS Severino Gonzalez (Venezuela) are now playing winter ball.