Sep 192010
Phillies reliever David Herndon

Phillies reliever David Herndon

September 19 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“For the first few months of the season, David Herndon plotted every potential roster move. He understood his spot was tenuous, the territory that comes with being a Rule 5 selection. When one of the many injured Phillies relievers was nearing a return from the disabled list, uneasiness set in.

“Early on,” Herndon said, “I questioned it a lot.”

Yet Herndon is still here and effectively became a permanent member of the Phillies‘ organization when rosters expanded on Sept. 1. Officially, when the regular season ends Oct. 3, Herndon’s status is cemented.

Herndon is just one of two players taken in the 2009 Rule 5 draft who remained in the majors with his original selecting team. The other is Hector Ambriz of Cleveland. Carlos Monasterios was plucked from the Phillies‘ organization by the Mets in the Rule 5 draft and immediately was sold to the Dodgers, where he remains.

It’s difficult for teams to keep their Rule 5 picks. The stipulations say a Rule 5 selection must remain on the major-league active roster (or disabled list) for the entire season or else they must be offered back to their former team.

It’s even tougher for a contending team to do it.

“They gave me an opportunity,” Herndon said. “That’s awesome. Luckily, I pitched well enough to stick.”

In 491/3 innings, Herndon has a 4.56 ERA. He has struck out 26 and walked 15 in mostly low-leverage situations. The numbers aren’t anything spectacular, but Herndon had never pitched above double-A before this season. He turned 25 on Sept. 4.

“For anybody it’s a big jump,” pitching coach Rich Dubee said. “That’s a heck of a jump.””

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