3. Nick Williams, OF 6. Dylan Cozens, OF 10. Mark Appel, RHP 11. Andrew Knapp, C 15. Ricardo Pinto, RHP 17. Nick Pivetta, RHP 19. Elniery Garcia, LHP 21. Malquin Canelo, SS 22. Carlos Tocci, OF 23. Ben Lively, RHP 26. Jose Pujols, OF 28. Alberto Tirado, RHP 29. Deivi Grullon, C
Of those 13 prospects, the Phillies eight spots to fill on their 40-man roster before Friday.
Players who are sure to make the final cut will be Nick Williams, Dylan Cozens, Andrew Knapp, Ben Lively, Ricardo Pinto, Mark Appel, and Nick Pivetta.
Highly rated players such as Elniery Garcia, Malquin Canelo, Jose Pujols, Alberto Tirado, Carlos Tocci, Deivi Grullon will most-likely be vulnerable to the Rule 5 Draft, but are unlikely to be selected.
Others not rated within the organizations top 30 prospects who are also vulnerable to being drafted include Cam Perkins (AAA), Brock Stassi (AA), Dalier Hinojosa (AAA), and Mario Hollands (AAA).
Teams that select a player in the Rule 5 Draft must keep that player on their Major League roster the entire season. Unless the claiming team offers the player back to the organization that left him unprotected, the player can not go to the claiming teams minor league system.
Because of the 25-man roster element, Major League clubs are highly unlikely to draft a player who has never played at or above Double-A. If a team were to draft Carlos Tocci, they would be forced to use have the 20-year-old Single-A prospect on their Major League roster. Drafting a player at that level of play in the Rule 5 Draft is simply a waste of a pick, meaning leaving them unprotected forms no fear.
A player such as Ben Lively on the other hand could realistically be on a Major League roster, although his success at that level is not a given.
Some have speculated the Phillies could leave Mark Appel vulnerable considering his injury history could cause teams to pass on him. This would be a risky move, but it could also help the Phillies protect another player more-likely than Appel from being picked.
Those currently on the Phillies 40-man roster could be designated for assignment to create room for additional prospects or free agents include Phil Klein, Michael Mariot, David Buchanan, and Luis Garcia.
Teams have until Friday to protect eligible players, and will prep for the Rule 5 Draft scheduled for December 8 at the Winter Meetings.