Phillies Prospects: Evaluating Who Could Be Selected in Rule 5 Draft
By John Town
Left-Handed Pitcher Hoby Milner
Relief pitching prospects got little love from the Phillies as Hoby Milner, a reliever like Miguel Nunez, was also left off the 40-man roster.
Milner flourished in his new role as a reliever this year after being converted to the bullpen at Double-A in 2015. Milner posted a 1.84 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 49 innings with Reading this season. He struck out 26.5% and walked just 5.9% of opposing hitters with the Fightin’ Phils.
Milner was also effective in his limited time at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. While his 4.50 ERA looks rather poor, his 2.61 FIP (fielding-independent pitching) and .350 BABIP allowed indicate the defense behind him let him down. Milner dominated opposing hitters as he struck out 12.38 per nine innings.
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What makes Milner a likely target in the Rule 5 draft is his effectiveness as a reliever this year as well as his left-handedness. Lefty relievers will always be in demand, and Milner has the potential to be a solid lefty specialist out of the bullpen if nothing else. This means one team, if not more, will hope to add Milner in the Rule 5 draft if he falls to them in the draft.