12/08/11 1:22 PM EST
Phillies pass on making picks in Rule 5 Draft
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
They selected Shane Victorino in 2004, David Herndon in '10 and Michael Martinez in '11. But for the first time since 2005, the Phils passed on making a selection in the Rule 5 Draft, which concluded the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning.
"We take a lot of pride that we have a few players in our organization that have had a positive impact -- with David Herndon and Michael Martinez and obviously Shane a couple of years back -- but it just didn't feel like it was a fit this year," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
The Chicago Cubs selected right-hander Lendy Castillo, who went 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA last season with Class A Lakewood. Castillo has a big arm, so it will be interesting to see if he can stick with the Cubs the entire season. He must be on Chicago's 25-man roster the entire season, or be offered back to Philadelphia.
"It can happen," assistant general manager Benny Looper said. "He's a young guy. He's got a good arm. It kind of depends on their club."
The Phillies also lost three players in the Minor League phase of the Draft -- left-hander Andrew Loomis to Baltimore, shortstop Travis Mattair to Cincinnati and catcher Francisco Diaz to Pittsburgh.
The Phils had concerns they would lose outfielder Jiwan James or right-hander B.J. Rosenberg in the Draft, but neither was selected.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.