The Philadelphia Phillies selected two players in today’s Major League Baseball Rule 5 Draft. One of the players will be placed on the major league roster and the other will make their way into the minor league system. The Phillies did not have anyone drafted off of their roster.
22 year old outfielder Ender Inciarte was drafted off the Arizona Diamondbacks unprotected roster by the Phillies with the 15th pick in the Rule 5 draft. He’s a left handed thrower and left handed batter who has 3 years of service time in the minors never reaching higher than A+ last year in the Arizona organization. Out of his 461 games he’s played 310 of them in center field so this could be a look for the Phillies to find some cheap help in center field if he’s able to make the team. His career slash line is .283/.347/.367 and his career OPS is .714 but last year playing in A & A+ ball put up a career high OPS of .797. Last year he stole 46 stolen bases and was caught stealing 12 times so he also has some speed. Phillies are hoping that Inciarte could provide a Shane Victorino like spark and see if he can blossom into a full time player.
26 year old relief pitcher Brendan Lafferty was drafted off the Kansas City Royals unprotected roster by the Phillies in the minor league part of the Rule 5 draft. The left hander has 2 years of service time in the minors and never reaching higher than AA. Last season was his first full season in AA and fared decently. He threw in 43 games equaling up to 60.1 innings pitched with 1 save to go with his 4.77 ERA. He had a 10.6 K/9 ratio and walked 40. It’s not known where Lafferty will end up but I can assume in AA.Tags: Brendan Lafferty, Ender Inciarte, MLB, Philadelphia Phillies, Rule 5 draft