The Royals lost a minor-league pitcher in the annual Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.
In the second round of the draft, the Phillies selected left-hander Daniel Stumpf, who was with Class AA Northwest Arkansas last season.
Stumpf, 24, was 5-4 with a 3.57 ERA a year ago with the Naturals. He struck out 76 in 70 2/3 innings with 31 walks allowed.
According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, left-handed hitters had a slash line of .167/.289/.250 against Eddy in 2015.
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Stumpf, a ninth-round selection in 2012, ended the season with seven straight scoreless outings over 9 2/3 innings, striking out 14 and walking two batters.
In addition to being added immediately to the Phillies’ 40-man roster, Stumpf must stay on their 25-man roster all season or be returned to the Royals.
The Royals didn’t draft any players.
In the minor-league portion of the draft, the Dodgers selected catcher Micah Gibbs from the Royals. Gibbs hit .236/.327/.382 last season, while spending time at Northwest Arkansas and Class AAA Omaha. That included a .147 average at Omaha.
The Yankees later selected catcher Santiago Nessy from the Royals. Nessy had a slash line of .220/.287/.340 at Northwest Arkansas and Class A-Advanced Wilmington.