PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies selected two players in MLB’s Rule 5 draft, the team announced today.
Their first round selection was outfielder Ender Inciarte, who was selected 15th overall from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. The left-handed hitting center fielder split the 2012 season between single-A South Bend and single-A Visalia, where he combined to hit .307 with 28 doubles, 10 triples, 47 RBI, 82 runs scored and 46 stolen bases.
In the minor league portion of the draft, the Phillies selected left handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization. Lafferty, 26, went 1-1 with a 4.77 ERA in 43 relief appearances with double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2012. He struck out 71 batters in 60.1 innings while holding left-handed hitters to a .143 average.
Major League Baseball explains the rules of the draft as follows:
A team that selects a player in the Rule 5 Draft pays $50,000 to the team from which he was selected. The receiving team must then keep the player on the Major League 25-man roster for the entirety of the next season, and the selected player must remain active (not on the disabled list) for a minimum of 90 days. If the player does not remain on the Major League roster, he is offered back to the team from which he was selected for $25,000. If his original team declines, the receiving team may waive the player.
Once a player is selected, he is automatically assigned to his new organization’s 40-man roster.
Notable previous Phillies Rule 5 selections are Shane Victorino and Michael Martinez.