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Yankees Get Manny Ramirez (and one other)!!!

by Paul Semendinger

December 9, 2021


The Minor League Rule 5 Draft took place yesterday.

In the draft, the Yankees took two players, both right-handed pitchers:

Steven Jennings (Round 1 from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization) and

Manny Ramírez (Round 2 from the Houston Astros organization).


Steven Jennings – Steven Jennings began pitching in the Pirates organization in 2017. He has a lifetime 19-19, 4.75 record in the minors. Last year was the first time he reached Double-A. Until last year, he was exclusively a starting pitcher, but last year, the first year he progressed through the minor league levels, he made only one start in 29 appearances. In just over 295 innings, Jennings has allowed 315 hits and 97 walks. He has struck out 240 batters. Jennings is 23-years-old.

Manny Ramírez – Manny Ramirez began pitching in the Astros organization in 2017, but he has made only 35 pitching appearance is his entire minor league career. He has not pitched since 2019 after facing injuries. He owns a 3-5, 4.33 record. He has split time each season as a starter and a relief pitcher. Ramirez has made 14 starts in his career which has not progressed above high-A ball. In 95.2 innings, Ramirez has allowed 73 hits and 77 walks. He has struck out 126 batters.


In the draft, the Yankees lost Brian Keller to the Boston Red Sox. Keller is also a right-handed pitcher.


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