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The Phillies added four players to their 40-man roster today, which protects them from December’s Rule 5 Draft.
The foursome includes outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen. It officially leaves the organization with 37 players on its 40-man roster, although that number will move to 39 once Marlon Byrd’s and Carlos Ruiz’s deals becomes official. Ruiz’s deal could be announced tomorrow.
Altherr, 22, hit .275 with 36 doubles, six triples, 12 home runs, 69 RBIs in 123 games with Class A Clearwater. He led the Florida State League in doubles and ranked in the top five in hits, triples and total bases. The Phillies selected him in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Dugan, 23, hit a combined .291 with 24 doubles, four triples, 20 homers, 59 RBIs and an .858 OPS between Clearwater and Double-A Reading. The Phillies selected him in the second round in 2009, their top selection that year.
Joseph, 22, missed most of last season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley because of a concussion. The Phillies still hope he can become a frontline catcher, which is why they acquired him front the Giants in the Hunter Pence trade in July 2012. Joseph is healthy and playing Winter Ball in the Dominican Republic.
Rasmussen, 24, went 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA in 28 games between Double-A Chatanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. They acquired him in August, when they traded Michael Young to the Dodgers.
Players first signed at 18 years old must be added to the 40-man roster within five seasons or they become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, which is Dec. 12 in Orlando, Fla. If that player doesn’t stay on the 25-man roster the entire season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000.
That didn’t take long.
The Phillies have reached an agreement with second-round draft pick Kelly Dugan, a switch-hitting centerfielder from California.
Dugan, who is 6-foot-3, is from Sherman Oaks, Calif. The Phillies like Dugan because he shows power from both sides of the plate and because he has great makeup. He hit .379 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs as a senior at Notre Dame High School. He hit .438 with four homers and 28 RBIs as a junior.
“The makeup is a separator,” Phillies scouting director Marti Wolever said. “This young man’s got tremendous makeup, and we’ve found over the years [that] guys with great makeup really achieve what they’re supposed to achieve, and we think he will do that.”
The June 17 game against the Blue Jays has been selected for ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball. The game will air on ESPN and ESPN HD at 7:05 p.m. The game will be blacked out locally and will air on Comcast SportsNet.