Friday, December 12, 2008

Phils select three in Rule 5 Draft

Right-hander Robert Mosebach was acquired by the Phillies in the Major League portion of baseball's annual Rule 5 Draft, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr., announced today.

Mosebach, 24, was the Phillies' lone selection (26th overall) in the first round of the Major League portion from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He spent last season with Double-A Arkansas, going 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA in 29 starts. Mosebach led the Texas League in innings pitched (177.1) and starts and was tied for the league lead in complete games (2).

Originally selected by the Angels in the ninth round of the 2005 draft, Mosebach pitched for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League this past November. For his career, the native of West Palm Beach, Fla., is 35-30 with a 4.18 ERA (276 ER, 594.1 IP) in 99 games (95 starts) with 181 walks and 348 strikeouts.

In the Minor League phase of the Draft, the Phillies selected second baseman Kyle Haines from the San Francisco Giants and outfielder Javis Diaz from the San Diego Padres.

Haines, 26, spent last season with double-A Connecticut, where he hit .261 (91-348) with 43 RBI in 105 games. A 31st-round selection of the Giants in 2004, Haines is hitting .270 (291-1078) with five home runs and 120 RBI in 336 career games.

Diaz, 24, combined to hit .253 (95-376) with four home runs, 37 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 107 games between single-A Lake Elsinore and triple-A Portland. Signed as an amateur free agent by the Padres on Aug. 7, 2002, Diaz is hitting .277 (477-1724) with 16 home runs, 155 RBI and 151 stolen bases in 479 career games.

Three players in the Phillies' Minor League system were selected by other teams in the Triple-A phase of the Draft, catcher Richard Suomi by Kansas City and right-handers Brett Harker and Ronald Hill, both by Florida.

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