Phillies select OF Ender Inciarte in Rule 5 draft
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The Phillies have yet to make any big offseason splashes, but they have added an outfielder.
On Thursday, the club selected Ender Inciarte in the major-league portion of baseball's annual Rule 5 draft. The 22-year-old Venezuelan native was the Phillies' only pick in the first round, 15th overall.
Inciarte comes to the Phils from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, but he has yet to see the major leagues. He split time with two Single A clubs in 2012, combining to hit .307 with 28 doubles, 10 triples, and 47 RBI. He also scored 82 runs and stole 46 bases. Signed by Arizona in 2008, he's batted .283 with 135 RBI and 111 stolen bases in 456 career minor-league games.
The Phillies also drafted lefthanded pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals in the minor-league portion of the draft. Lafferty, a UCLA product, went 1-1 with a 4.77 ERA in 43 relief appearances in Double A last season and struck out 71 batters in 60.1 innings, holding lefthanded batters to a .143 average.
The Phillies originally drafted Lafferty in the 47th round of the 2004 draft, but Lafferty did not sign.