Losing teams like the Phils are often considered prime candidates for the Rule 5 draft. They can afford to use a roster spot on a developing player as they aren’t making a playoff push and instead looking for development. I thought the team may take a flyer in this year’s draft, but it appears the team would rather promote someone internally to the majors rather than from outside the organization.
I wouldn’t be too surprised if one of outfielder Andrew Pullin, right-handed pitcher Miguel Nunez, or left-handed pitcher Hoby Milner is selected. However, there has been little chatter about any Philadelphia prospects being selected so far.
Finding someone in the Rule 5 draft that can be a major-league contributor is often a shot in the dark. With plenty of top-tier prospects already on the 40-man roster, it appears the Phils feel comfortable with the minor-leaguers they currently have.