Skip to main content

Several Young Phils Plucked in Rule 5 Draft

The 2011 Baseball Winter Meetings are underway in Dallas and while the greatest amount of buzz has surrounded some major free agents like Albert Pujols and Jimmy Rollins, there's a minor portion of the annual event that has drawn some interest as well. The Rule 5 draft took place on Thursday and resulted in relocation for a group of selected prospects.

Players are eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft when they are not on their major league organization's 40 man roster and 1) were signed to a contract at age 19 or older and have been in that organization for 4 yrs, OR 2) were signed at age 18 or younger and have been in that organization for 5 years.

Rumors out of the meetings on Wednesday night had Phillies minor league outfielder Jiwan James (pictured) on multiple teams' lists of talented young players who fit that bill.

James, a 22-year-old Florida native, is a converted pitcher who was ranked as the Phillies' tenth best prospect in a survey of a dozen minor league experts conducted by The Reading Eagle this year. He was originally drafted by Philadelphia in the 22nd round of the 2007 amateur draft.

This past season, with the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, James sported a .268 batting average with 4 homeruns, 38 RBI, 76 runs and 31 stolen bases in 130 games. James hits quite a bit better from his natural side, the left side, than he does on the other side of the plate (.279/.340/.382 hitting lefty, .240/.293/.315 hitting righty).

However, it was not the man that Phillies fans call “The Real King James” who was on the move. Instead, it was right-handed pitcher Lendy Castillo, a 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic, who pitched with Class A Lakewood in 2011. With the BlueClaws, Castillo made 21 appearances, 19 as a reliever, posting a 4-2 record with a 2.54 ERA, a .220 batting average against and 46 strike outs in 46 innings pitched.

In his Class A debut in June, Castillo’s fastball velocity ranged from 91-92 MPH, but by mid-August, after working closely with Lakewood pitching coach Steve Schrenk, Castillo’s fastball steadily reached 94-95 MPH.

The 6’1” 170-pounder certainly has some solid upside, but he’s not the sort of fast track prospect who will be ready for the big leagues within the next year. Castillo was signed by the Phillies in December 2006 at age 17.

In the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft, third baseman Travis “Moose” Mattair was taken by Cincinnati. Mattair is a former 2nd round draft pick by the Phillies in 2007 that regular readers of PhoulBallz.com and PhilliesNation.com will be familiar with due to his regular player diary series titled Moose Tracks. The Washington state native, who will turn 23-years-old later this month, split time in 2011 between Class A Lakewood and Class A Advanced Clearwater, after taking 2010 off in order to dabble in college basketball.

In addition, the Pirates selected Venezuelan catcher Francisco Diaz, who played for the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters in 2011 and lefty pitcher Andy Loomis was taken by the Orioles, in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. Loomis posted a 1.14 ERA in 28 games with Class A Advanced Clearwater.

Individuals selected in the big league portion of the Rule 5 draft must be on the 25-man Major League roster of the team that selects them throughout the entire next season, or be offered back to the team they came from.

The Phillies were inactive and made no selections in all portions of this year’s Rule 5 draft.
_______________________________________________________

You can follow PhoulBallz on Twitter by clicking HERE.

Also connect with PhoulBallz on Facebook by clicking HERE

Comments

-OBC said…
Nice velocity for Castillo...but I wonder what the appeal is of a guy who took almost 5 years to reach A ball.

Popular posts from this blog

This Guy Speaks For All of You

This individual, interviewed by FOX 29 on Friday as the Phillies arrived back at Citizens Bank Park, said it best. When asked how he felt regarding the Phillies, he told Steve Keeley that he was, "Stoked, baby!" The unidentified phanatic then proclaimed, "We are talking about the Fightins here, the Fightins! Said!" Check out the media player below, as the transcribed version certainly does not do this phireball of phandom justice. The Phillies forced game 6 of the National League Championship Series with a 4-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday night. Game 6 will feature Roy Oswalt vs. Jonathan Sanchez in a return pitching match up from game 2. First pitch is scheduled for 7:57 pm EST at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Be sure to tune in on 97.3 ESPN's Weekend Sports Guide with Tyrone Johnson this afternoon around 1:15pm to hear me chatting about the Phillies! 97.3 is based in Atlantic City. You can listen live online HERE . _________

2022 Phillies Top Prospects Countdown: #15 Infielder Kendall Simmons

An All-Star in 2019 with the short-season Class-A Williamsport Crosscutters,  Kendall Simmons  is one of the Phillies' most promising prospects.   Simmons, an outstanding and multi-positional infielder, was the Phillies' 6th round draft pick in 2018. That year, he made his professional debut in the Rookie level Gulf Coast League, posting a .234 average with three homers and 11 RBI in 32 games. The right-handed batter tallied a .234 batting average with 12 homers, 34 RBI and five stolen bases in 51 games with Williamsport in 2019.  In the 2020-2021 off-season, Simmons played in the Australian Baseball League, making up for some of the time missed due to the cancelled 2020 season.  In 21 games with Adelaide, he notched a .172 batting average with a home run, seven RBI and three steals.  Last year, Simmons played primarily with Class A Clearwater.  With the Threshers, he recorded a .226/.321/.460 slash line in 41 games.  Listed at six-feet-two, 180 pounds, strength and athleticism

2022 Phillies Top Prospects Countdown: #14 OF Yhoswar Garcia

Righty hitting outfielder Yhoswar Garcia is a Phillies prospect on the rise. Reportedly signed in 2020 for a $2.5 million bonus, the six-foot tall 150-pounder has played state side in Florida. Debuting as a pro in Class A Clearwater last summer, Garcia notched a .229/.299/.271 slash line with 11 steals through 18 contests. Repeating the same level to open this season, Garcia has produced improved offensive numbers in the early going. Equipped with plus speed, Garcia is a threat to swipe a bag anytime he reaches base.  Through 14 games with the Threshers this season, the 20-year-old has pilfered 13 bases. Exceptionally skilled in the field, the Venezuelan is said to tout considerable range and a is as solid in centerfield as you can find at his level. Playing every day on a full-season club is just what a talented, athletic youngster with the skillset Garcia possesses will benefit most from.   Please visit  Patreon.com/PhoulBallz  in order to support my work and get access to exclusive