The Rule 5 Draft was completed this morning, and none of the players fans worried over were selected.
During the major league portion of the draft, 16 teams selected 18 minor league players. The Phillies did not go unscathed during the process as LHP Hoby Milner was selected by the Cleveland Indians with the 15th selection in the first round.
The Phillies did not have a selection in the major league portion of the draft, but selected Blue Jays SS Jorge Flores in the first round of the Triple-A portion. The Phillies lost RHP Jairo Munoz in the second round to the Tampa Rays.
So, none of the guys fans fretted over were chosen, Whew! I guess.
Milner was the anchor of a 2013 Clearwater rotation that included Perci Garner, Ethan Stewart, Nick Hernandez, and Mario Hollands. A 20-year old Severino Gonzalez joined the staff late in the season. Milner had similar success as a starter in Reading in 2014, but was relegated to the bullpen in 2015. I remember Milner as a slightly built pitcher (like 6’2, 170), and he never looked like he had filled out when I saw him in spring training in succeeding years.
Munoz was a the subject of a series of articles documenting his Cinderella-like journey to the Phillies organization after being released by the Royals in Rookie ball in 2014. He was signed, I believe, just before his work visa ran out. He had been working out with a local trainer when a “showcase” was set up for the Phillies, and he was signed as a result. I remember Munoz showing some promise with Clearwater this past season, but an injury limited him to 8 appearances.
I can’t imagine a scenario where either pitcher would return to the Phillies’ organization. With the pitching-rich environment the Phillies enjoy in the system now, the departure of Milner and Munoz, might actually make some upcoming roster decisions a little easier.