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Phillies Take Munson in Rule 5

The Phillies used 21 relief pitchers last season, so depth can be a serious issue.

They added another arm to their Spring Training bullpen competition today, when they selected right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks in the Rule 5 Draft. He went 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 53 appearances last season with Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno, but has averaged 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings in his Minor League career.

“He’s a power reliever, a two-pitch power guy,” Phillies scouting director Mike Ondo said. “A big fastball with a hard slider. He’s a guy that can create some depth in our bullpen. Get him in the mix. In the past he’s been capable of giving you a two-inning outing. He’s also a guy that can come in with that stuff and get a strikeout.”

The Phillies lost right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets. The Phillies acquired Rosin in July 2012 in the Hunter Pence trade. They also lost shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Minor League phase of the draft.

“He was a guy we thought we had a chance to lose,” Ondo said about Rosin.

But Munson at the very least creates a little more competition for a young group that includes Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman, B.J. Rosenberg, Michael Stutes, Phillippe Aumont, Jeremy Horst and others. Munson’s fastball is in the 92-95 mph range, but consistently sits 93-94 mph.

“I know the ERA was high, but the walks were down in Triple-A,” Ondo said. “And his strikeouts were still there. He started getting more groundballs in Triple-A. We saw him both places this year, and we’ve seen him in the past. We’ve liked the arm in the past. The way he’s progressed we figured we take a chance on that stuff.”

Munson must remain on the 25-man roster the entire season to remain with the organization. If not, another team can claim him or he can return to the Diamondbacks.

Can These Guys Play?

Here is what MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo wrote today on the prospects the Phillies got in the Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence deals:

HUNTER PENCE

  • Tommy Joseph, C: The 2012 Futures Gamer was ranked No. 5 on the Giants’ Top 20 at the time of the trade. Drafted in 2009 out of the Arizona high school ranks, his calling card was his bat, with many feeling he wouldn’t be able to stay behind the plate long-term. The bat was on display in 2011 as he broke out as a power-hitting run producer. He hasn’t been as dangerous with the move to Double-A, but he still has solid hitting skills, especially if he can continue to improve his plate discipline. His defensive game has improved tremendously – a strong arm in particular helps control the running game – and questions about him staying behind the plate have ended. He could be ready to take over when Carlos Ruiz’s contract is up after the 2013 season.
  • Seth Rosin, RHP: Rosin was the No. 19 prospect on the Giants’ Top 20 at the time of the trade Taken out of the University of Minnesota in 2010, he began his first full season as a starter, but then moved to the bullpen and that’s his long-term home. Out of the pen, his fastball hits the mid-to-upper 90s in shorter stints and he commands it well. He has a very good changeup to go along with it. His breaking ball isn’t as good, but he can thrive with two pitches in short relief.

SHANE VICTORINO

  • Ethan Martin, RHP: Martin was the No. 7 prospect on the Dodgers’ Top 20 at the time of the trade. A 2008 first-round pick, Martin has been a little slow to develop, but patience can be a virtue when it comes to high-ceiling young arms with arm strength. Martin still has the raw stuff that made him a hot commodity coming out of the Georgia high school ranks four years ago. He has a plus fastball and curve and his changeup is continuing to improve. In his second taste of Double-A, it does appear like things are starting to come together for the right-hander. His command has improved, though he still needs to refine that to be a starter at the highest level. His power stuff would play well coming out of the bullpen, but at age 23, it might be too early to give up on him as a starter, especially given his improvement this season.
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