Phillies Return Rule 5 Pick Kevin Munson To D’Backs

The Phillies have returned Rule 5 selection Kevin Munson to the Diamondbacks, Philadelphia announced today. Munson, a 25-year-old righty, was the third player taken in this year's Rule 5 draft.

Munson prevented runs but struggled with control during five spring appearances in Phillies camp. While allowing just one earned run and striking out six batters in seven innings, Munson also gave up a troubling eight free passes. 

In 2013 with the Diamondbacks, Munson managed a 4.12 ERA in 54 2/3 innings split between the upper levels of the minors. His ERA climbed upon reaching Triple-A, but Munson did maintain a double-digit strikeout-per-nine mark (as he has for most all of his minor league career) while dropping his walk rate to a solid 2.7 BB/9 level. Nevertheless, with a crowded bullpen shaping up in Arizona, the D'Backs did not see fit to add him to the team's 40-man roster to protect him from the draft. 

6 Responses to Phillies Return Rule 5 Pick Kevin Munson To D’Backs Leave a Reply

  1. Matt Mccarron 1 year ago

    the 7.7K/9 and 1.29 ERA is easily the best reasons to return him. His age of 25 and the awful performance by Aumont may have pushed him off the table. Now on a serious note, DeFratus, Papelbon, Diekman, Lincoln, Bastardo and Rosenburg have the first six spots. Camp vs Munson was really the big ‘last spot’ battle. I would of liked to see him battle with Camp for the spot until the end of spring or Mike Adams shows health. Best of luck to ya, Munson. Should see you in the majors by October.

  2. Tigers72 1 year ago

    That era is a bad measurement and it would have gone up during the season.

  3. psanford421 1 year ago

    a real Munson……

  4. MB923 1 year ago

    Munsoned in the middle of nowhere.

  5. CrazyTradeMachine 1 year ago

    He Munson done something wrong.

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