Say hello to Andy Oliver and Odubel Herrera. And as quickly as you greet them, you might just say adios shortly there after, because neither may last past Spring Training. The life of a Rule 5 pick is glib. They spend time rotting away in the minor leagues, to then get a small glimmer of hope from a savior for a franchise, to probably being sent right back to the same organization they were rotting away in. All in a matter of months. Then again, maybe these two guys will stick.
Odubel Herrera will soon turn 23 and hasn't played above Double-A. Over 6 minor league seasons in the Rangers organization, he's hit .294/.730 with little extra base power, but decent on base skills. He has played second base primarily, along with subpar shortstop, and a little outfield. It seems he has some speed, racking up 128 stolen bases, but he's also been caught stealing 50 times. Not sure how this guy will actually help the Phillies in 2015 or beyond. Seems like a waste of a $50,000 drafting fee.