Phillies Select RHP Kevin Munson in Rule 5 Draft, Lose Seth Rosin to Mets

This morning’s Rule 5 draft was over in a flash as only nine players were selected in the Major League phase of the event, one of the lowest totals in recent memory. The Phillies selected right-handed reliever Kevin Munson from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

I’ve seen Munson a few times, mostly during the 2011 and 2012 Arizona Fall Leagues and I’m a fan of the stuff though the arm action is a little long. Munson will sit in the low-90s with a sinking fastball that generates ground balls and will show you a plus slider once in a while. The command and control are both fringe average. Munson turns 25 in January, so this isn’t a draft and (DL) stash by any means. The cement is just about dry on the 6’1″, 215lb hurler. He has a chance to stick.

The Phillies lost RHP Seth Rosin, who spent the 2013 season in Reading, to the Mets during the draft and has subsequently been traded to the Dodgers. Rosin’s fastball will likely tick up into the mid-90s in relief but I’m not a fan of the secondary pitches here. There’s arm talent with which to work, however. I’m not up in arms over this loss, especially if you look at this whole process as the Phillies essentially trading Rosin for Munson, who I just happen to like more.

The Red Sox selected SS Jon Roof in the Triple-A phase of the draft. Roof also turns 25 in January and spent 2013 in A-ball. He’s on his fifth organization and is an organizational utility player.

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