Phillies Take Two Pitchers in Rule 5 Draft

The Phillies selected two pitchers this morning in the Rule 5 Draft.

They first selected right-hander Kenneth David Herndon with the 17th pick. Herndon, 24, went 5-6 with a 3.03 ERA and 11 saves in 50 appearances last season with Double-A Arkansas, which is the Los Angeles Angels affiliate. It will be difficult for Herndon to make the 25-man roster if the Phillies accomplish what they hope to accomplish in free agency, but he least provides the Phillies inventory in Spring Training.

“We’ve seen him for about three or four years, but our guys really got on him in Winter Ball this year,” Phillies pro scouting coordinator Mike Ondo said.

Herndon went 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 16 appearances in the Dominican Republic.

“Maybe if he makes the club he can give us two innings out of the bullpen,” Ondo said.

The Phillies lost right-hander Carlos Monasterios to the New York Mets in the draft. (The Mets then traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers.) The Phillies acquired Monasterios in the Bobby Abreu trade in 2006. That leaves right-hander Jesus Sanchez, who converted from a catcher to a pitcher, as the only holdover from the trade.

The Phillies also selected right-hander Angelo Sanchez in the Triple A portion of the draft. Sanchez, 20, went 5-1 with a 5.52 ERA in 12 starts with rookie-level Elizabethton, which is a Minnesota Twins affiliate.

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