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What A Difference A Year Makes For Chapman

Travis Chapman

The Phillies aren't necessarily big fans of the Rule 5 Draft. They've lost the likes of Derrick Turnbow and Miguel Ascencio to other teams and haven't found any gems of their own since Dave Hollins. Last December, it looked like another young player – Travis Chapman – would be lost for good. Instead, it was just the start of what has been an interesting year for the young infielder, who could wind up getting a close-up view of Citizens Bank Park next April.

Granted, Miguel Ascencio and Derrick Turnbow aren't setting any pitching records and between them, they've won as many Cy Young Awards as Randy Lerch did. Still, they're both talented pitchers and the Phillies wouldn't have minded hanging onto them. The rules are the rules though and both players were plucked from the Phillies nest in the Rule 5 Draft. In exchange, the Phillies received the... Recommended Stories

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