Phillies add five to 40-man roster

Matt Rizzotti is one of five players recently added to the 40-man roster. (Staff Photo)

With the deadline at midnight to set 40-man rosters for the winter in anticipation of the Rule 5 draft in December, the Phillies made a few moves Friday afternoon.

They added righthander Justin De Fratus and infielders Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, Harold Garcia and Matt Rizzotti to the 40-man roster.

This means those five players will now be protected from the Rule 5 draft. If they were not added by midnight Friday, they could have been selected by another team come Dec. 9.

Players are eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft if they are not on the 40-man roster and were signed at age 19 or older and have been in the organization for four years, or were signed at age 18 or younger and have been in the organization for five years.

De Fratus, as we've discussed before, was a no-brainer. The 23-year-old will be a candidate for the bullpen come spring training.

Rizzotti has been often discussed in these parts, too, after a fantastic 2010 season that saw him start in single-A Clearwater and finish at triple-A Lehigh Valley. He led the entire organization with a .343 batting average in the minors.

But he has defensive limitations and projects to be a first baseman or designated hitter. The Phillies also want to see more power from Rizzotti, who had a nice Arizona Fall League but managed just two extra-base hits.

Garcia is a 24-year-old second baseman who hit .305 with an .807 OPS in 101 games at single A and double A. In July, he broke a 59-year-old Florida State League record by hitting safely in 37 consecutive games. He was left unprotected last season when eligible but his profile is bigger now.

Both Galvis and Hernandez fall in the under-18 category of eligible players.

Galvis, who just turned 21 last Sunday, continued his great defensive work at double-A Reading but his offensive skills still need improvement. In 138 games, the switch-hitting Galvis batted .233 with five home runs, 48 RBI and 16 stolen bases.

In Venezuelan winter league play, Galvis is hitting just .188 in 21 games (48 at-bats).

Hernandez is just 20 years old and was impressive while playing for short-season single-A Williamsport. But he has a long ways to go. In 65 games with the Crosscutters, he batted .325 with 23 RBI and 32 stolen bases. He will likely begin 2011 at single-A Lakewood.

The most notable player not protected is former first-round pick Joe Savery, who is making the conversion from pitcher to position player. It's hard to imagine any team selecting him.

With the moves, the 40-man roster is full for now.