PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies placed five players on their 40-man roster Friday, which protects them from next month's Rule 5 Draft:
Right-hander Justin De Fratus (11th-round selection in 2007 First-Year Player Draft). He will have the opportunity to open eyes in Spring Training with the Phillies looking for bullpen help. He went a combined 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA and 21 saves with Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Opponents hit just .208 against him, and he struck out 71 batters in 65 innings. He fanned 11 in seven scoreless innings in the Arizona Fall League.
Shortstop Freddy Galvis (signed as an amateur free agent in 2006). The 21-year-old spent the season with Reading. He led the Eastern League with a .982 fielding percentage, committing 11 errors in 624 total chances. Philadelphia loves Galvis' glove, but he has struggled to hit. He hit .233 with five homers and 48 RBIs in 138 games last season.
Second baseman Harold Garcia (signed as an amateur free agent in 2004). Garcia, 24, broke a 59-year-old Florida State League record with a 37-game hitting streak with Clearwater. He hit a combined .305 with eight homers, 64 RBIs and 29 stolen bases in 101 games with Clearwater and Reading.
Second baseman Cesar Hernandez (signed as an amateur free agent in 2006). Hernandez, 20, spent the entire season with Class A Williamsport. He hit .325 with 23 RBIs and 32 stolen bases.
First baseman Matt Rizzotti (sixth-round selection in 2007). He hit .343 with 36 doubles, 17 homers and 76 RBIs in 125 games with Clearwater, Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. A midseason and postseason Eastern League All-Star, it will be interesting to see what happens with Rizzotti. He is not a candidate for a position change, and his path to the big leagues is blocked by Ryan Howard.
The Phillies did not protect pitcher-first baseman Joe Savery, outfielder D'Arby Myers and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch from the Rule 5 Draft.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.