They signed Roberto Hernandez to round out their rotation but they also added and eliminated depth in their organization during the Rule 5 draft.
With the fourth pick in the Rule 5 draft the Phillies selected reliever Kevin Munson from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Munson was a fourth-round pick (121st overall) in the 2010 draft from James Madison University. Coming out of college, Munson's fastball reached 95 mph with a hard slider and a reputation for being aggressive on the mound.
Last season split between Double-A and Triple-A, Munson was 2-4 with 14 saves, a 4.12 ERA, and a 1.17 WHIP.
So the closer has a 95 mph fastball and a biting slider? Sounds an awful lot like Brad Lidge. Hopefully Munson can work on his command and become a solid reliever for the Phillies.
But the Phillies did not escape the draft unscathed. The Mets selected Phillies minor league pitcher Seth Rosin. Rosin's name should sound familiar as he was acquired from the Giants, along with Nate Schierholtz and Tommy Joseph, for Hunter Pence. That deal just gets worse every time you look at it.
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