Phillies Gain Extra Rule 5 Pick
The Phillies picked up an extra selection in next Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft.
Major League Baseball awarded them the Cubs’ pick – the fourth selection overall – after the Phillies won a grievance regarding Chicago’s handling of right-hander Lendy Castillo, whom the Cubs selected from the Phillies in the 2012 draft.
It gives the Phillies the Nos. 4 and 7 selections, if they choose to use them. The Phillies have 39 players on the 40-man roster, so if they want to use both they would have to remove one player from the roster.
The Phillies are typically active in the Rule 5 Draft. In previous seasons they have selected Shane Victorino, David Herndon and Michael Martinez.
Players selected in the Rule 5 Draft must be on the 25-man roster the entire season. To prevent teams from abusing the system, those players must be active 92 of the season’s 183 days. The Cubs had Castillo on the disabled list 91 days with a groin injury before activating him in September when rosters expand, giving him 92 days on the active roster.
He went 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA in 13 appearances with the Cubs in 2012. He spent 2013 between Class A Kane County and Class A Daytona.