Rule 5 Draft (Phillies Select Odubel Herrera and Andy Oliver)

I will keep this thread updated with picks as they come in and analysis of anyone the Phillies may take or have taken from them.

Major League Portion: (Only listing actual picks and not passes)

  1. Diamondbacks – Oscar Hernandez, C (TBR)
  2. Rockies – Mark Canho, 1B (SEA)
  3. Rangers – Delino DeShields Jr., OF (HOU)
  4. Astros – Jason Garcia, RHP (BOS)
  5. Twins – J.R. Graham, RHP (ATL)
  6. Red Sox – Jandel Gustave, RHP (HOU)
  7. Cubs – Taylor Featherston, SS (COL)
  8. Phillies – Odubel Herrera, 2B (TEX)
  9. Marlins – Andrew McKirarahan, LHP (CHC)
  10. Mets – Sean Gilmartin, LHP (MIN)
  11. Braves – Daniel Winkler, RHP (COL)
  12. Mariners – David Rollins, LHP (HOU)
  13. Orioles – Logan Verrett, RHP (NYM)
  14. Phillies – Andy Oliver, LHP (PIT)

Odubel Herrera – 2B/OF
96 G 408 PA .321/.373/.402 2 HR 12 SB 29 BB 70 K (AA)
42 G 147 AB .374/.421/.565 4 HR 4 SB 11 BB 24 K (VWL)
Herrera is a 2B/OF who can really hit, the defense is still a work in progress and the power is limited.  Looks like a guy who will compete with Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis for a roster spot (or maybe Revere apparently).  The Phillies aren’t flush with middle infielders so he is certainly interesting.

Andy Oliver – LHP
48 G 64.0 IP 2.53 ERA 35 H 18 ER 47 BB 85 K
Oliver is a former top prospect, who finally made the transition to the bullpen last year where he walked 6.6/9 but also struck out 12.0/9 for the Pirates AAA team.  He will join Diekman, Hollands, Jiminez, and Aruajo in the left handed bullpen competition.

Minor League Portion

  • RHP Kyle Simon selected by Rockies, Simon was acquired with Gabriel Lino for Jim Thome
  • OF Peter Lavin selected by Dodgers, Lavin is a good defensive OF with a good arm, subject to roster crunch and the fact he is 26 years old
  • RHP Delvi Francisco selected by Indians, Delvi is a converted hitter who has struggled with command in lo-A but the fastball is up to 96

I like Lavin, but he is a good org guy more than anything.  I am surprised Francisco and Simon were still in the organization.

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman
Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.