Phillies land right-handed pitcher in Rule 5 Minor League Draft
While the Phillies along with 29 other teams are in a lockout, preventing any transactions from being placed, the Rule 5 draft took place this morning, with just the minor league section of the draft being completed. You can view the full Rule 5 draft here.
The rules of the Rule 5 draft are pretty simple. A player that is not on a 38-man Triple-A roster can be re-selected by a new team in the Rule 5 draft. 51 players were taken this morning in the minor league draft, and the Phillies acquired one new minor league, in Matt Seelinger.
Matt Seelinger is a right-handed pitcher originally drafted by the Pirates in the 2017 draft. Seelinger was taken in the Rule 5 draft by the Phillies with the 12th pick in the 1st round, taken from the San Francisco Giants minor league system.
Seelinger finished his 2021 minor league season 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA, in 36 games as a relief pitcher. He totaled 41 innings, with 64 strikeouts, and a 1.51 WHIP. Seelinger posted a 35.6% strikeout rate in the Double-A last season as well in 2021.
No other players were taken by the Phillies, and the team also did not lose any of their minor leaguers. 51 total players were selected this morning, and the Phils came out with a 26-year-old relief pitcher. Hey, if we can’t get any news about the major leagues, at least we get some minor league events over this lockout period.
Ring it. Go P*******.
Mandatory Credit: Pittsburgh Baseball Network