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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  1. Steve Kusheloff

    December 12, 2013 10:24 AM

    Hope this Munson guy shows real promise ’cause, as a Rule 5 player, the Phils have to keep him on the team all season, right?

  2. Eric Longenhagen

    December 12, 2013 10:28 AM

    Yes. If Munson is demoted he’ll be returned to Arizona. Just like Ender Inciarte was last year.

  3. Steve

    December 12, 2013 01:19 PM

    ” a rule 5 draft pick must remain on the MLB roster all year or be offered to original team.” How then can the mets draft rosin, and instantly trade him to a third team? If the dodgers don’t keep him all year does he get offered back to us or to the mets? And why we didn’t we just trade rosin to the dodgers in the first place, and then still pick up Munson? Obviously the dodgers had interest if he was traded so quickly after the draft. Who did the mets get in return?

  4. Machonorris

    December 12, 2013 01:20 PM

    It needs to made clear to the Phils’ management that they do not need to keep Rule 5 draftees on the roster for 3 years, as it seems they are under that impression for Michael Martinez.

  5. Eric Longenhagen

    December 12, 2013 01:37 PM

    Steve,

    Rosin wouuld be returned to the Phillies if/when(more likely when) he fails to make the Dodgers roster. The Dodgers wouldn’t trade an asset for a player they thought they could essentially get for free in the Rule 5 draft. The Phillies didn’t shop Rosin because they were betting nobody would take him or because they don’t like him. If they liked him and/or thought he’d be selected, he’d have been added to the 40-man.

  6. Bob

    December 12, 2013 05:47 PM

    I saw Kahnle got taken by the Rockies. Eric, Who do you like better: Kahnle, Rasmussen, Rosin, or Munson?

  7. Eric Longenhagen

    December 12, 2013 09:50 PM

    Munson, but Dan Burawa was my favorite guy available in the Rule 5. He wasn’t selected.

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