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Phillies Awarded Cubs Rule 5 Pick

The Phillies will be awarded the Cubs Rule 5 pick in this year’s Rule 5 draft. The news was first reported by MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat who states the Phillies were awarded the pick because the Cubs’ 2011 selection, Lendy Castillo from the Phillies, did not meet the required number of days (90 or more) needed on the Cubs active roster. The rules are in place to prevent teams from “draft and stashing” players on the disabled list that they would otherwise need to keep on their active 25-man roster.

It is worth noting that the Cubs do not have any available space on their 40-man roster so, unless they planned on dropping someone, the Cubs would have been unable to draft anyone anyways. The Phillies have one roster spot available, making them eligible to draft a player in this year’s Rule 5 draft. The Phillies will now pick fourth in lieu of the Cubs and seventh on their own if they clear  a second roster spot. It is very unlikely that the Phillies will execute their second pick.

In 13 games in 2012 for the Cubs, Castillo posted a 7.88 ERA with a 2.250 WHIP. Castillo posted a 5.87 ERA across Single-A Kane County and High-A Daytona.



  1. Cs

    December 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Why not drop Valle since we have plenty of useful catchers. Why not drop Gillies, and Horst and use both picks. I suspect this stoey will be followed by who the phillies will draft.

    • hk

      December 6, 2013 at 5:22 am


      This team views itself as a contender. As such, I doubt they will afford two 25 man roster spots to players who are most likely not ready to contribute much in the big leagues in 2014. However, they could possibly use one of the picks as a trade asset.

      • Alex M.

        December 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

        I still believe that they could make it work and still be a contender, this years Rule 5 draft is one of the best in recent memory. I think making both picks would make sense if you cannot get good value from the other. There are some very good arms with potential and Jae-Hoon Ha would be an interesting outfield option.

  2. bacardipr

    December 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    We have nothing really after Rupp CS. Well anyone that is Major league ready at this point. Think Valle slides in to the 4th stringer role now. At least thats what i perceive at the moment. Unless Rube picks up another teams catcher.

  3. Alex M.

    December 6, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I think that we need to use both picks I would focus on relievers. The only player other than a reliever that I would look at is OF Jae-Hoon Ha, he is a young controllable outfielder that reminds me of a right handed version of Aoki with less power. At worse he is a 4th outfielder with developing defensive skills in the outfield and a solid hit tool.

    Otherwise I would target one of the 15 big power righties that is on the market for the bullpen and I would have no problem going after two of these guys. I would target Tommy Kahnle, Danny Burawa, Matt Lollis, Kevin Munson and Marcus Hatley. All of whom are power righties that would have a decent shot in the pen. Amaro needs to make it a major tryout with as many different options as possible. Munson and Hatley throw the slowest at 95 mph, Kahnle can get his FB up to 96, Burawa averages 95, but can hit 97 if needed. Lollis can pump his fastball up to 99mph. Matt Loosen would be a decent option two, not as hard of a fast ball but chance to have two good breaking pitches.

  4. Cs

    December 6, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Since trades are in play using the seventh pick as a part of a trade is a very viable idea.

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