Angels catcher grabbed by Phils

Angels catcher grabbed by Phils

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Rarely active in the Rule 5 Draft, the Angels did have one of their players selected Thursday.

Catcher Ryan Budde was taken 19th overall by the Phillies in the Major League phase. The draft also included Minor League phases for both Triple-A and Double-A as a total of 46 players were chosen, but Budde was the lone representative from the Angels organization.

"Ryan is a great guy; he's a great guy," general manager Bill Stoneman said. "We liked him a lot. He worked well with the pitchers but we have a lot of other people at that position."

Mike Napoli held down the starting catching job for much of last season as a rookie and the Angels also have high-level prospect Jeff Mathis ready to compete for the job again in Spring Training. In November, the Angels added catcher Bobby Wilson to the 40-man roster and will promote him to Triple-A Salt Lake in 2007.

"Hopefully this will be a good opportunity for him," Stoneman said.

For losing Budde, the Angels get $50,000. If he makes the 25-man roster, the Phillies are required under Rule 5 to keep him on the big-league club all year. If they choose to send Budde to the Minors he must first clear waivers and any team can claim him. If they opt to send him back to the Angels, the Phillies will get $25,000 from the Angels in return.

Budde hit .233 with eight homers and 33 RBIs at Salt Lake last season.

Mike Scarr is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.