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Sox make Rule 5 draft picks

Team selects pitcher Jamie Vermilyea in major league phase of draft

The names keep changing as the transactions keep coming from the Red Sox who today selected righthander Jamie Vermilyea in the major league phase of the 2005 Rule 5 Draft. The team also picked up righthanders Victor Ramos and Jason Richardson, and infielder David Bacani in the Triple-A phase of the draft.

Vermilyea, from the Toronto Blue Jays, was the 10th pick in the first round of today’s major league phase. The 23-year-old was 19-9 with eight saves and a 3.05 ERA (90 ER/265.2 IP) in 99 minor league appearances (22 starts). According to the Red Sox, he split last season between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Syracuse, combining to go 3-3 with one save and a 3.65 ERA (41 ER/101.0 IP) in 43 appearances (eight starts) between the stops. The righthander began the season at New Hampshire and went 3-3 with one save and a 2.60 ERA (19 ER/65.2 IP) in 27 appearances (four starts) before earning a mid-season promotion to Syracuse, finishing his campaign there with a 3-0 record and a 5.60 ERA (22 ER/35.1 IP) in 16 outings (four starts). The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder has walked just 59 batters in 265.2 career minor league innings, an average of only 2.0 walks per nine innings.

A native of Tucson, Ariz., Vermilyea played college baseball at the University of New Mexico and was originally selected by Blue Jays in the ninth round of the 2003 June Draft.

Ramos was selected from the Chicago Cubs after reaching Double-A West Tennessee midseason and going 2-3 with a 3.24 ERA (9 ER/25.0 IP) in 19 relief appearances for the Diamond Jaxx, limiting righthanders to a .200 batting average (9-for-45). The 24-year-old righthander last season also pitched for Single-A Peoria (0-1, 2.70 ERA, five relief appearances) and short-season Single-A Boise (1-1, 3.68 ERA, five relief outings). Ramos is a native of San Juan, PR and was originally selected by the Pirates in the 35th round of the 2000 Draft. He is 4-7 with a 2.59 ERA and one save (21 ER/73.0 IP) in 45 minor league relief appearances.

Selected from the Atlanta Braves, Richardson is 25-26 with a 3.97 ERA (210 ER/475.2 IP) in 174 minor league appearances, 52 as a starter, in seven seasons in the Minnesota (1999-2004) and Atlanta organizations. The 25-year-old split last season between Atlanta’s Double-A Mississippi and Single-A Myrtle Beach affiliates. With Mississippi, Richardson went 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA (14 ER/30.2 IP) in 17 relief outings, while he went 1-2 with a 4.04 ERA (16 ER/35.2 IP) in 19 relief outings with Myrtle Beach. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Lakeland, Fla., was originally selected by the Twins in the 35th round of the 1999 Draft and signed with Atlanta prior to last season.

Bacani, who bats and throws righthanded, was selected from the New York Mets after spending most of last season with Double-A Binghamton, where he hit .294 (77-for-262) with five homers and 42 RBI in 90 games. Over the last two seasons, the 26-year-old has also played 53 games for Triple-A Norfolk, batting .244 (41-for-168) with two homers and 19 RBI. A Long Beach, Calif., native, Bacani also has made six relief appearances in his career, allowing no runs in eight innings.

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