Two former BlueClaws, Jacob Diekman and Sebastian Valle, were among four players added to the Phillies 40-man roster earlier today. Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies join Diekman and Valle on the 40-man roster, bringing the total to 39.
Diekman, a left-handed pitcher from Nebraska, spent parts of 2008, 2009, and 2010 with Lakewood. In 2009, he had a sub-2 ERA in the second half after switching from overhand to side-arm, and had a 1.90 ERA in 21 games before a 2010 promotion to Clearwater. He spent this year with Reading, where he had a 3.05 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 65 innings. In the Arizona Fall League, he allowed one run in 11 innings with 14 strikeouts.
Valle, a catcher from Mexico, spent half of 2009 and all of 2010 with Lakewood, where he was a part of teams that won two consecutive South Atlantic League championships. He led the BlueClaws in home runs (16) in 2010 and his three-run home run in Game Four of the SAL Championship Series put Lakewood ahead for good in the clincher over Greenville. Last week, he was ranked the 3rd best prospect in the system per Baseball America.
Below – from the Phillies press release:
Aumont, 22, posted a 2-5 record with seven saves in nine opportunities and a 2.68 ERA in 43 combined games for double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2011. Between both clubs, the 6-foot-7 reliever recorded 78 strikeouts in 53.2 innings and held opponents to a .216 batting average. The Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week for April 7-17 of this year, Aumont was acquired via trade from the Mariners in 2009. He was a first-round selection (11th overall) of Seattle in the 2007 draft. Following the season, Aumont was named the fifth-best prospect in the Phillies minor league system by Baseball America.
Gillies, 23, appeared in only three regular season games for Clearwater in 2011 due to injuries. After the season, he played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League. Gillies, acquired by the Phillies along with Aumont in a 2009 trade with Seattle, was a 25th round selection of the Mariners in the 2006 draft.
More on the Rule 5 Draft:
Eligibility: Players drafted or signed at age 19 or older are exempt for three years. Players drafted or signed at age 18 or younger are exempt four years. The exemptions were extended a year back in 2006. Everyone else not on the 40-man roster is eligible to be selected.
If Selected: A selected player must be kept on the 25-man active roster of his new team for the entire season, and be active for 90-days (as opposed to on the disabled list). If the player is not on the 25-man roster for the whole year, he must be offered back to his original team for half the $50,000 selection price.
Two former BlueClaws who were eligible and not protected were Jiwan James and Tyler Cloyd. They could be selected in the draft, which occurs in three weeks at the Winter Meetings.