Phillies Face Protection Decisions for Rule 5 Draft

(Photo of Carlos Tocci by Cheryl Pursell.)

Today’s the day. The Phillies and the other 29 teams have to announce which players they’ll protect from December’s Rule 5 Draft by adding them to the 40-man roster. Last year, the Phillies had a lot of tough decisions to face and while this year isn’t quite as bad, they still have some players who will be on the bubble and a minimum or roster spots to use.

Coming into the day, the Phillies 40-man roster has 38 players and two open spots. To clear more room, the Phillies would need to either pull off a trade involving one or more players on the 40-man roster or release players to clear room.

Here’s who is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if they are not protected by 8 p.m. today:

PITCHERS

Aaron Brown (LHP)
Luis Carrasco (RHP)
Austin Davis (LHP)
Joey DeNato (LHP)
Seranthony Dominguez (RHP)
Franklyn Kilome (RHP)
Brandon Leibrandt (LHP)
Alexis Rivero (RHP)
Mario Sanchez (RHP)
Jose Taveras (RHP)
Tyler Viza (RHP)
Shane Watson (RHP)
Tom Windle (LHP)

CATCHERS

Joel Fisher
Deivi Grullon
Gregori Rivero

INFIELDERS

Derek Campbell (2B/3B/OF)
Malquin Canelo (SS)
Grenny Cumana (2B/SS)
Luis Encarnacion (1B/DH)
Zach Green (1B/3B/SS)
Jan Hernandez (3B/RF)
Emmanuel Marrero (SS/2B/3B)
Drew Stankiewicz (2B/3B/SS)
Damek Tomscha (3B/1B/LF)

OUTFIELDERS

Jesus Alastre (RF/CF/LF)
Jose Pujols (RF)
Andrew Pullin (LF)
Cord Sandberg (RF/LF/CF)
Carlos Tocci (CF/LF/RF)

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence.

Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League.

From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003.

Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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