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Deadline near for Phillies to protect players from Rule 5 Draft

8 p.m. Monday is the deadline for teams to protect players from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft.

Here’s the deal: If a player was drafted at age 18 or younger and has spent five years in the minor leagues without being on the 40-man roster, he’s eligible for the Rule 5. If a player was drafted at age 19 or older and has spent four years in the minor leagues without being on the 40-man roster, he’s eligible for the Rule 5.

So the Phillies have a bunch of players eligible for the Rule 5 this year. They include:

  • C Logan Moore
  • 1B Zach Green
  • 2B Derek Campbell
  • 2B Drew Stankiewicz
  • 3B Jan Hernandez
  • 3B Damek Tomscha
  • 3B Mitch Walding
  • SS Jose Gomez
  • SS Emmanuel Marrero
  • OF Aaron Brown
  • OF Dylan Cozens
  • OF Andrew Pullin
  • OF Cord Sandberg
  • OF Carlos Tocci
  • OF Jiordani Tromp
  • SP Franklyn Kilome
  • SP Brandon Leibrandt
  • SP Ranger Suarez
  • SP Jose Taveras
  • SP Tyler Viza
  • SP Shane Watson
  • RP Austin Davis
  • RP Joey DeNato
  • RP Seranthony Dominguez

Currently there are 38 players on the 40-man.

So who’s likely to be protected? Kilome, Suarez, Tocci, Dominguez, Taveras and Davis are the most touted names that could sneak through because teams could gamble. Really, for the Phils, there’s no reason not to protect most, if not all, of these names.

Otherwise Leibrandt is an option, going 4-3 with a 4.25 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 19 walks last year. Pullin had a great year in Reading (.308/.368/.556) before struggling upon a callup to Lehigh Valley. His hitting has been lauded, but a bad sample in triple-A doesn’t bode well for a team wanting to take him.

Finally, Moore could be an interesting add, as if the Phils move on from Cameron Rupp this offseason, they’ll want some safety blanket on the 40-man.

Now who’s out from the current 40-man? The Phils could place a player on waivers, and most likely candidates are pitchers Mark Appel, Zac Curtis, Alberto Tirado, infielder Eliezer Alvarez and outfielder Cameron Perkins.

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