Jim Caple

Mariners Acquire Pitcher Yohan Ramirez

While the Mariners didn’t make any trades during this year’s winter meetings, they did acquire right-handed pitcher Yohan Ramirez from the Astros as the sixth pick in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.

Given how excellent the Astros have been in recent years, it might be good to acquire players from them.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Ramirez, 24, was 1-2 with a 2.89 ERA at Class A Fayetteville and 3-5 with a 4.76 ERA at AA Corpus Christi last season. He also walked a lot of batters, 74 total. He did, however, strike out a total of 158 batters in the 106 innings he pitched. Overall, he averaged 13.4 strikeouts and 6.3 walks per nine innings, and was 4-7 with a 3.99 ERA between the two teams. He started 15 games of the 27 in which he pitched with the two teams.

He also was ranked third among minor league pitchers with his very high strikeout rate and fifth in opponent batting average at .169. He also was named a mid-season All-Star in the Carolina League. He was an All-Star in 2018 with the Quad Cities as well.

Ramirez’ overall minor league record is 16-21 with a 3.73 ERA and 323 strikeouts in 289.2 innings (and 176 walks) and just 16 home runs. His pitch speed is in the mid-90s and has also reached 99 mph. So he has some potential.

Under the Rule 5 Draft rules, a player selected must be on the 26-man roster of the drafting team for the entirety of the upcoming season and be active for a minimum of 90 days. If not on the major league roster, he is offered back to the team from whom he was selected.

We’ll see how he does and whether he starts any games and help improve the Mariners starting rotation which did not do that well last year. Aside from the very good Marco Gonzalez, many of the starters had ERAs above 5.00. Perhaps they will improve in 2020.

Hopefully, Ramirez will be with the Mariners all season. And help them win more games.

Seattle also selected three players in the AAA phase of the Rule 5 draft: 26-year-old catcher Brian O’Keefe from the Cardinals, 23-year-old outfielder Jhonny Santos from the Marlins and 23-year-old first baseman Dariel Gomez from the Cardinals. O’Keefe hit .229 with 13 home runs in 66 games at AA Springfield last season while Santos batted .241 at Class A Jupiter and Gomez hit .262 at Class A State College.

Those players are not required to be on the 26-man roster, so we’ll see how well they do and whether/when they will make it to the majors. Seattle also did not have any players selected in the Rule 5 draft. The Mariners currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

With the winter meetings ending today, we will see what else the Mariners do this winter and who makes the team at the end of spring training this March.

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Jim Caple
Jim Caple


Let's hope the Mariners get better in 2020. And maybe make the playoffs fairly soon.