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Phils take Dodgers infielder in Rule 5 Draft

Drew Jackson
Drew Jackson poses for a photo during Media Day at the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training in 2018. Jackson was selected by the Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)

The Phillies made one selection in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft on Friday, taking infielder Drew Jackson from the Dodgers organization. The Phillies also selected right-hander Gilmael Troya from the Yankees in the Triple-A portion of the draft. Meanwhile, the Phillies didn’t lose any players to other teams.

Jackson played all of last season at Double-A Tulsa where he went 15-46-.251/.356/.447 in 103 games. In four minor league seasons, the 25-year old has a line of 32-163-.269/.360/.399 in the Seattle and Dodgers organizations. 

The Giants initially drafted Jackson in the 37th round of the 2012 Draft but did not sign him. He was then drafted by the Mariners in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft before trading him to the Dodgers along with Aneurys Zabala for Chase De Jong in March of 2017.

While primarily a shortstop, Jackson has also played 153 games at second base in his minor league career and has a handful of games at both third base and in center field over the past couple of seasons.

In the Triple-A portion of the draft, the Phillies selected Yankees right-hander Gilmael Troya, 21, who pitched in the Appalachian League (rookie) in each of the past two seasons. 

The Yankees signed Troya as an international free agent out of Valencia, Venezuela and after showing some early promise, he backslid until this past season when he was moved to the bullpen. In 15 relief appearances with Pulaski, he went 2-0 with a 1.63 ERA and struck out 55 hitters in 38 2/3 innings.

Since he was selected in the minor league portion of the draft, Troya does not have to be placed on the 40-man roster or onto the Phillies 25-man roster for the upcoming season.

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