The Phillies selected David Herndon from the Angels in last year's Rule 5 Draft and he turned in a number of sparkling performances throughout Spring Training. Unless he is scored on in the final three or so exhibition games he will have gone unscored upon this Spring. The 24 year-old was so good that he will be the only player with no previous major leagues experience to make the team's Opening Day roster.
However Phillies General Manager, Ruben Amaro & Company made an obvious goof and oversight when they didn't protect pitcher Carlos Monasterios in that same Rule 5 Draft. Monasterios had just completed a solid season at DoubleA, Reading, PA, Eastern League, that showed a lot of promise. He was a maturing pitcher who was finally putting everything together after an inauspiscious start to his career as a Yankees farmhand. (The Phillies acquired him in the Bobby Abreu trade.) Apparently, Amaro was one of the few who didn't realize Carlos' potential. At least two teams were highly interested in him, with the NY Mets drafting him and quickly flipping him, in a trade to the LA Dodgers. This completely caught Amaro and his advisers offguard, as Amaro expressed surprise that anyone had taken the pitcher. Now comes news that Monasterios has won a job to start the season with the Dodgers. The Phils come out with a split in the Rule 5 Draft, losing one prospect to another
team and stealing one prospect from another organization. With good Springs both guys are major leagues -bound for Opening Day.
Incidentally, all week the Philadelphia Inquirer has been running a series of articles on what a great organization the Phillies are, featuring among other things, their scouting and minor league system and talent evaluation. Hopefully Monasterios won't be Rookie Of The Year, and embarrase all of the aforementioned parties too much. -philliesfiend55-
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