The Phillies looked to two positions of need in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, when they took an outfielder and a left-handed pitcher from other organizations. With the first overall pick, the Phillies selected outfielder Tyler Goeddel, who played at Double-A Montgomery last season, in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. In the second round, they selected lefty Daniel Stumpf, who pitched in the Double-A Texas League for the Royals in 2015.
The 23-year old Goeddel was the 41st overall pick of the Rays in 2011 out of St. Francis High School in California. Goeddel reached career highs in home runs (12), RBI (72), batting average (.279), on-base percentage (.350) and slugging percentage (.433) in 2015, his first season playing at the Double-A level. Over four minor league seasons, Goeddel has a minor league slash line of 31-244-.262/.337/.403 in the Rays organization, and has averaged 27 steals per season in his professional career.
The Rays originally drafted Goeddel as a third baseman, but his defensive play wasn't good enough to keep him on the infield, prompting them to move him to the outfield in 2015. Goeddel played 61 games in left field and 25 in both center field and right field last season for Montgomery, posting an overall fielding percentage of .990 with six outfield assists.
Stumpf, 24, ws originally drafted by Kansas City in the ninth round of the 2012 Draft out of San Jacinto College in Houston. The 6' 2", 200 pound lefty has moved steadily through the Royals organization and was 5-4, 3.57 in 42 games - one start - with Northwest Arkansas last season. Control was a bit of an issue for Stumpf last season, when he averaged 3.9 walks per nine innings, the highest average in his career. During his climb through the minors, Stumpf has averaged 3.1 walks per nine innings and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The Royals sent Stumpf to the Arizona Fall League in 2014 and he posted a 3.72 ERA in seven games.
The Phillies will need to keep both players on the 25-man roster for the full 2016 season or offer them back to their original organization and put them through waivers before they would be allowed to send them to the minors. Last season, the Phillies kept Odubel Herrera on the roster and he turned into their everyday center fielder, hitting .297/.344/.418 in 147 games with the Phillies.
The good news for the Phillies was that they didn't lose any players in the major league portion of the Rule 5 Draft. They did lose 23-year old right-hander Manny Martinez, who spent the entire 2015 season with Lakewood, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.57 ERA in 31 relief appearances. Martinez was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the minor league phase of the draft.