Phillies Select RHP Munson in Rule 5, Lose Rosin – Phillies Nation

Phillies Select RHP Munson in Rule 5, Lose Rosin

In today’s Rule 5 Draft, the culmination of the Winter Meetings, the Phillies selected righty Kevin Munson from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Munson, 24, saw action in 53 games between Double-A and Triple-A last season, combining for a 4.12 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings. According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, Munson throws a “Low-90s fastball, plus slider with hard bite when he’s on. Misses bats and gets ground balls.” He struggled in the Pacific Coast League last season, as many pitchers do.

The Phillies watch Seth Rosin go to the New York Mets in the Rule 5. Rosin was part of the Hunter Pence trade to the Giants, but struggled in a full season at Double-A reading last season, striking out just 6.8 batters per-9. The big righty sported a 4.33 ERA in 23 starts.




  1. Pamikedc

    December 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Amaro w the big sign…or not?!?…Fausto Carmona? Or something like that. PN- “who dat?”

    • schmenkman

      December 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Fausto Carmona was 4th in the CY voting in 2007, and had another good year in 2010, before it was discovered in 2012 that he had forged his papers and was actually named Roberto Hernandez, and was older than he claimed. He’s ok, with two good years, and many not so good ones.

    • wbramh

      December 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Fausto Carmona, er,Roberto Hernandez or whatever he’s calling himself this year is the ace that Rube picked up to replace Hamels and Lee who he’s trading for $20 dollars in shiny beads.

      Fausto, er, Roberto should bring a lot of fireworks to the stadium – not to CBP but to all opposition stadiums who have fireworks displays after each home team round-tripper.
      Rube’s plan is to raise the cost of restocking fireworks to such a height that the competition won’t have any money left to steal away the next Fausto Carmona, er, Roberto Hernandez who comes up on the block.

      Roberto (or maybe he’ll call himself “Steve” for his latest rebirth) is a decent ground ball pitcher. Problem is, everything that’s hit in the air off him and past the shortstop ends up in the seats. It’ll be a full 7 seasons since he last set the river on fire for Cleveland.

      Sorry for the low blow, Clevelanders but the joke was right there.
      You know how it is.
      The other joke is on Philadelphia.

    • wbramh

      December 12, 2013 at 11:16 am

      I should add that one of the two split personalities (Fausto or Roberto) is just 33-years-old while the other is 83-years-old. Rube decided to go with the younger guy’s birth certificate since he’s rebuilding with youth.

  2. Pamikedc

    December 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Thanks @
    Schmenkman, who are you? Genius I say!!
    Thanks again for coming through.

    • wbramh

      December 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      No one knows who Schmenkman really is but he’s rumored to live on a mountaintop in the Himalayas.

      Those who ascend to learn the meaning behind the game of baseball from him are properly schooled. Once educated, they are gently floated back down to Earth with his mystical sabermetric scrolls in-hand.

      Others believe Schmenkman doesn’t exist in human form but rather is a spiritual repository for human logic and reason. Some even claim Bill James lives in his mortal body.

      I can’t say one way or the other but whoever or whatever he is, we’re all the better for it.

      • schmenkman

        December 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

        Hah! Nice.

  3. Dave

    December 12, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I thought this was a joke and then realized it’s not April Fools Day. The joke is Ruben Amaro and the fools are the people buying tickets for next year.

    • schmenkman

      December 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

      It’s actually not a bad signing for the back of the rotation.

      • Dave

        December 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

        I gotta hand it to you Schmemkman…you are the eternal optimist.

      • wbramh

        December 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

        Optimistically, the team picked up two pitchers for the price of one.
        Fausto Carmona and Roberto Hernandez.

        But seriously, to my eyes it looks like we signed a long-since (going on 7 years) ex-Cy Young runner-up who is now an older Kyle Kendrick – assuming he has a better year than the last few.

        What am I missing here?

      • Hogey's Role

        December 12, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        Actually I think this is a good signing, he’s gonna be a 4-5 starter most likely, I think it’s a good sign…

        I agree schmenkman always seems to find the silver lining in all transactions, it’s impressive, and frustrating at times lol, good for you man

      • c. schreiber

        December 13, 2013 at 12:38 am

        Back of the rotation at AAA. Along with the rest of the clowns he’s signed from FA. i.e. Manship

      • schmenkman

        December 13, 2013 at 3:26 am

        Nah, I actually didn’t find much to be happy about in the first Pence deal, or Young and Young.

  4. wbramh

    December 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    It’s a shame the Phillies lost Rosin to the Mets.
    Somebody could have volunteered that “Rosin was in the bag.”
    Sorry, I’m still giddy from the Fausto signing.

  5. Lefty

    December 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    A little help please-
    So I’m reading that Seth Rosin was Rule 5 drated by the Mets, and then -traded to the Dodgers?

    Does that mean the Dodgers still have to return him to the Phillies if they don’t keep him on their 25 man? Did they like Rosin that much to trade a player for a him, a guy they may not even be able to hold on to?

    Strange methinks-

    • schmenkman

      December 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Yes, the way I understand it, if they keep him the Dodgers will send a player to be named later to the Mets. If they don’t, they have to offer him back to the Phillies. In the meantime they’ve given the Mets a $5 bill for their trouble.

  6. rob

    December 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Amaro thinks we STUPID. Are you?

    Do not go to 2014 season agmes and get rid of Amaro. PLEASE!!!!

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