Shane Victorino turned into a prize for the Phillies five years ago in the Rule 5 Draft, but the Flyin' Hawaiian is more the exception than the rule. The Phils are scheduled to pick way down at 26 tomorrow, and with a team poised for the pennant once again, odds of drafting, and keeping, a hidden gem on the 25-man roster are slim to none. Last year, the Phils selected Double-A right-hander Robert Mosebach and gave him a short, spring audition in the bullpen before returning him to the Angels. There was no room for Mosebach, but credit the Phils for seeing something they liked. Mosebach actually turned in a pretty good season for the Halos between Double and Triple-A, posting a 1.48 ERA in 52 relief appearances, allowing just one long ball the entire year, which is hard to do when 33 of your games come in the PCL.
Picking 26, the story this season could be the players the Phillies lose to other clubs. Right-hander Edgar Garcia and second baseman Harold Garcia are notable Phillies left unprotected, according to Baseball America. E. Garcia, who throws heat and can miss bats, was a FSL All-Star in 2008, but missed much of '09 with visa issues. Before the '09 season, assistent GM Chuch LaMar told me during a winter tour stop that the right-hander was one of the prospects teams frequently inquired about. H. Garcia is an older infielder with some assets who had something of a breakout season with Lakewood. It will be harder for a team to make room on a 25-man roster for a position player than it will be for a reliever, so of these two, Edgar might be more likely to be stashed somewhere. Catcher is another position that's coveted as an economic way to pad inventory. My understanding is that organizational catcher Tuffy Gosewisch is eligible to be taken.