Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 1/6/12
On Monday’s podcast, I asked Mack Ade who he considered to be a sleeper among the team’s prospects. I was expecting him to say either Akeel Morris or Domingo Tapia, two guys who pitched in Kingsport this past season. But Mack identified Elvin Ramirez as a guy to watch, even suggesting that he was a closer possibility. Ramirez was just an org soldier, a guy who could light up radar guns but couldn’t throw strikes and was unimpressive as a starter in the low minors. But he became a hot property following the 2010 season, thanks to a strong showing in the Dominican Winter League, where in 20.2 IP, Ramirez allowed 4 BB, had 26 Ks and a 2.18 ERA. Eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, speculation began mounting that Ramirez would be the top overall pick. He ended up being selected sixth by Washington. Here’s what Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore about Ramirez after the Rule 5 Draft: “He’s finally figuring out the strike zone. The later portion of the minor...
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