MLB concluded their 2018 Winter Meetings with their annual Rule 5 Draft. The Phillies didn’t lose any of their players and selected two players, one from each phase of the draft.
The Phillies selected SS Drew Jackson from the Dodgers during the major league portion of the draft. He is a 25-year-old, selected by the Mariners in the 5th round of the 2015 draft out of Stanford. He slashed .269/.360/.399/.760 with 15 HR for the Dodgers Double-A affiliate (Tulsa) in the Texas League. A SS most of his career, Jackson played a majority of his games at second base in 2018, and saw some time in CF.
They turned around and traded Jackson to the Orioles for international pool money.
The Phillies selected RHP Gilmael Troya from the Yankees during the Triple-A portion of the draft. He is a 21-year-old, signed by the Yankees as an international free agent on July 22, 2014 out of Venezuela. In 4 seasons, Troya managed to advance only to the rookie league level. In 2018, he posted a 2-0 record and 1.63 ERA in 38.2 innings with 18 walks, 55 strike outs, and a 1.11 WHIP. But, it was his second full season with Pulaski in the Appalachian League.
Troya will be placed on the Lehigh Valley Roster.
Of some interest (to me anyway), two former Phillies’ farmhands were selected today.
With the second pick in the MLB phase, the Royals selected RHP Sam McWilliams from the Rays. McWilliams was the Phillies’ 8th round selection in the 2014 draft. He was traded to Arizona for Jeremy Hellickson in November 2015..
In the second round of the Triple-A phase, the Indians selected 1B Wilson Garcia. He played last season with the Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League before being traded to the Orioles in May.