The Rule 5 draft is tomorrow afternoon, and there are a few updates on the Pirates' first overall pick.
-Dejan Kovacevic mentioned this morning that Elvin Ramirez, a right handed pitcher with the New York Mets, is a guy to keep an eye on. Buster Olney tweeted that Ramirez is widely expected to be the first pick in the draft tomorrow. Ramirez was the #26 prospect in the Mets' farm system heading in to the 2009 season. He's got a fastball that's been clocked at 94-98 MPH this off-season in the Dominican, where he has a 2.18 ERA in 20.2 innings this year, along with a 26:4 K/BB ratio.
The big issue for Ramirez has been a lack of control. In 73.1 innings in high-A during the 2010 season he had an 8.0 K/9 and a 5.3 BB/9 ratio. He moved up to AA for 6.2 innings, with a 7:6 K/BB ratio....
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