David Herndon, a big, 24-year-old right-handed reliever, spent last season with Double-A Arkansas (Angels), going 5-6 with a 3.03 ERA and 11 saves in 65 1-3 innings.
John Manuel, who covers the Phillies for Baseball America, writes that Herndon, listed under the name "Kenneth" "struggles with lefthanded hitters, but he has a solid-average fastball and pretty decent slider and splitter. He’s another groundball pitcher who walked just 14 in 65 innings at Double-A this year." Meanwhile, the Mets grabbed Venezuelan right-hander Carlos Monasterios with the seventh pick overall, then immediately traded him to the Dodgers for cash. In 35 games for Clearwater, Monasterios, part of the 2006 Bobby Abreu deal, was 5–6 with a 3.73 ERA, pitching primarily in relief. Herndon must be kept on the Phillies 25-man roster all of next season or be offered back to Angels.