On the last day of the Winter Meetings is the Rule 5 draft. The Rule 5 draft is an exciting time because it is essentially free major league talent. However, since the rules have been changed to add an extra year of protection the talent available has dropped steeply. The Rule 5 draft still offers two main types of players, the first are low upside players who can fill the last spot on a roster for very cheap, the second type are higher upside players who likely have not been above A-ball that will need to be hidden on a roster for at least a year. The Phillies have had mixed success over the year with their most recent selections who have stuck of Shane Victorino, David Herndon, and Michael Martinez.
Phillies Select Ender Inciarte (22) CF from Arizona Diamondbacks:
Inciarte, a 2008 Latin American signee, finished up 2012 on the Diamondbacks Hi-A affiliate. He has shown good plate discipline without high strikeout rates (some can be attributable to repeating a level and then the Cal League). At the plate he has a small bit of power, enough to have it above a 20 tool but not a ton. He is quick on the bases with a good base running instinct. In the field his speed plays up allowing him to be a very good defensive CF. He will be overmatched at the plate so his chance of sticking depends on his ability to be a defensive replacement in all three OF positions. His ceiling is likely as a 4th OF if everything breaks right.
No Phillies were selected in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft