Yankees take Manny Ramirez in minor league Rule 5 draft

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The Yankees selected pitcher Manny Ramirez in a draft minor league Rule 5 on Wednesday.
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The Yankees added Manny Ramirez on Wednesday. No, no He Manny Ramirez.

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This is a right-handed pitcher who was on the Astros’ low-A roster before the Yankees took him down in the 2021 Minor League Rule 5 Draft. The Major League version of the Rule 5 draft, like all other transactions, is currently closed until the lockout is resolved.

Ramirez, 22, of the Dominican Republic, has been in the Astros system since 2017 but hasn’t recorded any innings pitched in the minors since 2019. That year, pitching for Tri-City in New York Penn. In the league, he threw 37 innings with an ERA of 4.38. In two matches in Single-A Quad Cities, he conceded three earned runs in an innings overall.

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He spent the 2021 season with the Low-A Fayetteville Woodpeckers on IL.

His counterpart, the well-known Manny Ramirez, was last seen in Australia when he signed as a player-coach with the Sydney Blue Sox of the ABL in August 2020. The Blue Sox released him last January, due to uncertainty about whether the season would be played out and injuries that prevented Ramirez from playing.

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Manny Ramirez rounds out the bases for the Red Sox against the Yankees on July 27, 2008.
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The Yankees also added right-hander Steven Jennings to Pittsburgh’s High-A roster, while losing double-A right-hander Brian Keller to the Red Sox in the Rule 5 draft.

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