The team selected infielder Odubel Herrera from the Texas Rangers with the ninth pick in the Rule 5 Draft. In the second round, the Phillies selected left-handed reliever Andy Oliver from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Herrera, who turns 23 at the end of the month, batted .321/.373/.402 with two home runs and 48 RBIs in Double-A last season. ESPN's Jayson Stark cites a scout saying Herrera "can really hit. Raw defensively but big-league ready bat." His best position is at second base with the ability to slide to shortstop and even the outfield.
Oliver, 27, pitched well out of the bullpen for Triple-A going 3-4 with a 2.53 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 48 games. The 6'3", 215 lbs. lefty pitched in seven games, all starts, for the Detroit Tigers between 2010-11 going 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP.
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