The Phillies added four prospects to their 40-man roster yesterday in order to protect them from being exposed to the Rule 5 draft.
The Phillies purchased the contracts of RHP Carlos Carrasco, RHP Drew Naylor, LHP Sergio Escalona and C Joel Naughton in the hours leading up to last night’s deadline. The Phillies still have three open slots on the 40-man roster. Among those left exposed include OF Jeremy Slayden, who slugged a pinch-hit go-ahead grand slam yesterday in Arizona, and RHP Pat Overholt, who saved 10 games with Reading this season.
Beerleaguer: The Phillies have their reasons. At risk of putting my minor league cred in jeopardy, I only heard of Sergio Escalona a few weeks ago. The 24-year-old Venezuelan lefty posted some impressive strikeout totals out of the Lakewood and Reading bullpens last season (89/32 K/BB ratio in 69 IP). Minor league maven John Sickels lists him as “one to watch.” Meanwhile, the debate over Slayden’s potential continues.