Sorry I’m a tad late on this.
The Phillies selected David Herndon, a righthanded pitcher from the Angels. Herndon was a 5th round pick in the 2006 draft. He’s a control specialist, as he’s posted a ridiculous 1.40 BB/9 rate in his minor league career. His 5.20 K/9 rate is not so hot, but he couples that with a career 60.4% GB rate. So you can see why the Phillies were interested. He doesn’t walk anyone and rolls up tons of groundballs. He was ranked 28th in the Angels system last year, and as high as 11th in 2007 according to Baseball America.
Update: I found a video clip of him. Click here.
I like the pick. Check below the fold for more
The Phillies lost Carlos Monasterios to the Mets, and he was then traded to the Dodgers.
The Phillies also took Angelo Sanchez, a RHP, in the minor league phase of the draft. I’m not sure how that works, because he only has 2 seasons on US soil. I know very little about him, and if I find anything, I’ll update this post.
PhillyFriar had written a post at almost the same time as I did. Here was his analysis
Interested to hear James’ take on this — but the way I see it, it’s a worthwhile gamble, if not a particularly exciting move. Herndon is eerily similar to last year’s Rule 5 selection, Robert Mosebach: big Angels righthander, plucked from Double-A, poor strikeout rates but good sinker. If you’re an optimist looking for a couple of reasons why Herndon might succeed where Mosebach failed, try these on for size: Herndon has shown excellent command throughout his pro career (just 1.4 BB/9, compared to 2.8 BB/9 for Mosebach), which gives him a sterling 3.73 K:BB ratio; and Herndon isn’t a conversion project (he’s pitched the lion’s share of his last two years out of the bullpen, including every appearance in 2009).
With as wide open as the bullpen competition appears to be at this juncture, adding another arm to the mix isn’t a bad thing. I think Catch 22 f/k/a H Man was dead on when he likened Herndon to Clay Condrey — a ground ball specialist who can give you 60 or so innings in the 4.00 to 4.50 xFIP range isn’t the worst thing in the world, even if he lacks upside.
Meanwhile, the Mets grabbed Carlos Monasterios and promptly sold him to the Dodgers. I’m not so sure he’ll stick in LA’s bullpen — they’ve got a pretty deep group out there — and the Dodgers will, of course, have to return him to the Phillies if he doesn’t make the 25-man roster. For now, though, Jesus Sanchez is the lone remaining piece from the Bobby Abreu deal. But hey, at least C.J. Henry is scoring 5.8 points per game for the Kansas Jayhawks right now!