Thursday, December 12, 2013

Phillies Select Kevin Munson in Rule 5 Player Draft

By SAMUEL BOTWINICK  |  Staff Writer 
Updated: December 12, 2013, 4:45 p.m. 
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Searching for pitching depth, the Phillies selected a reliever in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

The Phillies selected Kevin Munson, a right-handed pitcher from the Arizona Diamondbacks, with the fourth pick of the draft.  The 24-year-old old went 2-4 last year with a 4.12 ERA while splitting time Triple-A Reno and Double-A Mobile. He also notched 14 saves.

Munson, drafted by the Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2010 Amateur Draft, struck out 66 batters while walking 22 in 54 2/3 innings last season. 

As a Rule 5 pick, Munson must stay on the 25-man roster for the duration of the 2013 season or be offered back to the Diamondbacks.

Munson has a fastball which can reach the low-90s as well as a hard slider. 

In adding Munson the Phillies lost pitcher Seth Rosin (Mets) and Jonathan Roof (Red Sox) in the draft. 

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