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Yohan Ramírez

Yohan Manuel Ramírez

Height: 6'4"    Weight: 190

Bats/Throws: Right / Right

Born: 05/06/1995 in Villa Mella, Dominican Republic

Offseason home: Villa Mella, Dominican Republic

Acquired: Selected in the Rule 5 draft from the Houston Astros (12/12/2019)

Salary: Not available

MLB Debut: 07/24/2020

Free Agent after: 2025 season

Rule 5 draft selection Yohan Ramírez was an adventure on the mound last season, personifying the concept of “effectively wild.” In 2023 innings he walked 20, struck out 26, and kept his catchers busy diving to each side of the plate while averaging more than 20 pitches per inning. Somehow he managed to keep his wildness from translating into a lot of runs; his 2.61 ERA was the best on the team despite a walk rate that was worst in the Majors among pitchers who threw more than eight innings (21.3%). His appearances called to mind Nuke LaLoosh from the movie Bull Durham—you can legitimately imagine the catcher quoting LaLoosh’s catcher Crash Davis and telling the opposing hitter “I don’t know where it’s gonna go. Swear to God.” Was Ramírez’s 2020 success a fluke of luck or some sort of intimidation wizardry? It seems like such results wouldn’t be sustainable with that kind of wildness, but as with all of these guys, it remains to be seen if he can get batters out on a consistent basis.

TH, 3/19/21