Phillies pick reliever Burdi, lose Tocci, in Rule 5 Draft

UPDATE: The Phillies have traded Burdi to Pittsburgh for international slot money.

Tocci, meanwhile, was traded to Texas.

That’s the Rule 5 for you.


The Phillies selected Nick Burdi, a right-handed pitcher from the Twins farm system, in the Rule 5 Draft Thursday.

Burdi, who will be 25 next year, is injury prone. He put up a 0.53 ERA in 14 games, striking out 20 and walking four for double-A Chattanooga before tearing his UCL, which led to Tommy John surgery.

Multiple reporters say the Phillies are expected to trade Burdi.

The White Sox, meanwhile, selected Carlos Tocci from the Phillies farm system. Tocci is regarded as an exceptional defensive outfielder with a decent contact tool. He spent time last year in double-A and triple-A, but was left unprotected from the Phils’ 40-man roster.



  1. Tom G

    December 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I hate to lose him. He’s been in Philly for so long because we signed him so young that he feels like he’s been here forever. I really wanted to see him patrolling center field someday
    He really reminds me of a young Gary Lee Maddux

    • schmenkman

      December 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      There’s a decent chance he won’t stick in the Rangers’ outfield out of Spring Training, and will come back to the Phillies in the end anyway.

  2. Craig Glessner

    December 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Tocci wouldn’t stick with the Phillies anyways. We still have Cozens Quinn Moniak Randolph Hasely and Ortiz. I just don’t think he has the power to stay in the majors. Good luck Carlos. GO PHILLIES

    • schmenkman

      December 17, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      It may be true that Tocci wouldn’t stick with the Phillies, but…

      Cozens may never hit AAA pitching
      Quinn may never stay healthy long enough
      The rest are at least a couple of years away, and they may wash out anyway.

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