Just when he thought he was out, the Mets pulled him back in. Err, that or the Nationals decided keeping the injured Elvin Ramirez on their roster didn’t make much sense. Back in last Winter’s Rule 5 draft, the Nats plucked the right-handed pitcher from the Mets. The 22 year-old had owned a 4.16 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 1.47 K/BB in 80 innings between Single-A and Double-A in 2010, but also had his fastball clocked in triple-digits.
His obvious talent (despite terrible control) made him a popular Rule 5 pick, however, Ramirez experienced arm issues before Spring Training, and ended up sitting-out all of 2011. The Nationals kept him on their roster all-season, but apparently felt he was no longer worth it.
Since Ramirez only logged 6.6 innings at Double-A in 2010, it’s likely he’ll return to Single-A since he did not pitch in 2011.