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Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte makes Phillies’ Opening Day roster

Mar 30, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

Ender Inciarte AP AP

According to Jim Salisbury of, the Phillies announced this morning that Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte has won a spot on the team’s Opening Day roster.

Inciarte was selected from the Diamondbacks in December’s Rule 5 Draft. The 22-year-old is batting .276 (8-for-29) with one double and a .364 on-base percentage in 25 games this spring.

Known for his speed and defense in center field, Inciarte owns a .283/.347/.367 batting line over five seasons in the minors. While he has never played a game above the High-A level, the Phillies will keep him around as a fifth outfielder. He must stay on the major league roster all season or be offered back to Arizona.

  1. Al - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Really hope he has a big game sometime soon so we can see how many ENDER’S GAME headlines result.

  2. mungman69 - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM


  3. Francisco (FC) - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    If he proves useful especially as a pinch runner I think Mayberry’s days are numbered.

    • schmedley69 - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      I think Mayberry goes too, as soon as Delmon Young is activated.

      • chew1985 - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        Delmon Young…please oh Lord. The second coming of Danny Tartabull. Hopefully like Tartabull he’ll break his foot in his first at bat. And all Inciarte does is trash a roster spot for at least 2 years because Amaro hates to admit he’s wrong {read: Herndon and Martinez}. The Phillies now have two centerfielders who have a total of ZERO home runs, though “Babe” Inciarte does have five in five years at the minor league level. That is not how you beat the Nats and Braves. That is how you push Mayberry out the door and save a million or so in salary. Ruben is sailing along now without the owners’ checkbook. It’s going to be a long season.

  4. phipfwe76 - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I love the Rule 5. Last one we got was Victorino and that payed off pretty well for a few years.

    • evanwins - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Actually, last one was micheal Martinez…and that didn’t pay off.

      • phipfwe76 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        You are correct. How could I forget the stud that is Michael Martinez?

  5. jpanders - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    And the one before that was David Herndon. Yikes. Lets just pretend Victorino was the last. And oh yeah Gillick found him. RAJ found Herndon and Martinez.

    • fillyphan13 - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      Herndon certainly wasn’t a diamond in the ruff, but had a solid 3.32 ERA in 2011. Would say that it was a decent pick up for little cost.

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        Herndon was an ok pickup, a good middle reliever. Not every rule 5 will be a Shane Victorino. That said, even Shane Victorino hasn’t been Shane Victorino lately. But now that he has a 3 year contract I’m sure he’ll be above average for the Red Sox.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Ed Wade rule 5’d Victorino. Gillick’s rule 5’s were duds

      And as long as we are going down memory lane – don’t forget Dave Hollins, or hat the Phillies lost George Belll as a rule 5

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