Right-handed reliever Phillippe Aumont, lefty reliever Jacob Diekman, catcher Sebastian Valle and outfielder Tyson Gillies are the newest members of the 40-man roster. Several notable players were left unprotected.
Beerleaguer: Aumont, who posted a 2.68 ERA in a bounce-back season between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and Valle, the organization's highest-rated catching prospect and third-best overall, according to Baseball America, were locks to earn protection from the Rule 5 draft. I viewed Diekman as a lock as well, when you consider how teams use their picks. Diekman, a 25-year-old left-hander who allowed just one run in 11 1-3 innings in the Arizona Fall League, is exactly the type of player who would get gobbled up in the draft and stashed in a bullpen, Fabio Castro-style. And with Gilles, the Phillies are banking on a revival after an injury-ravaged and "weird" stay with the club so far. Gilles, a raw 23, may not have been taken anyway.
The Phillies are willing to take that risk with 22-year-old outfielder Jiwan James, who is considered one of the more promising outfielders in the system. Not that it means much - Phillies outfield prospects have been a wildly overrated bunch.
Right-handers BJ Rosenberg, Tyler Cloyd and Mike Cisco were unprotected and could entice teams in a David Herndon, Robert Mosebach, Jim Ed Warden sort of way; these were all right-handers chosen by the Phillies in the last five years. Obviously, only one of them stuck (Herndon). Cloyd would be a good use of a pick for a team anticipating a wide-open fifth starter copetition. He had a 2.77 ERA between Clearwater and Reading last season with solid paripherals.
All these guys are a hell of a lot better than former Phil Carlos Monesarios, who ended up appearing in 32 games for the Dodgers in 2010. You never know what a scout will see in a guy.
Would a team take a flier on positionless thumpers like Cody Overbeck or Matt Rizzotti? Unlikely, and they're a dime a dozen across baseball. Teams are more inclined to choose a Michael Martinez-esque utility type like older infielder Albert Cartwright, they guy the Phillies got back in the Sergio Escalona deal with Houston.
There are 39 bodies filling 40 openings.