Yankees choose two in 2021 Rule 5 Draft

The Yankees made two selections in today’s Minor League Rule 5 Draft, taking RHP Steven Jennings in the first round from Pittsburgh’s High-A roster and RHP Manny Ramírez in the second round from Houston’s Low-A roster. Additionally, the Boston Red Sox selected RHP Brian Keller in the second round from the Yankees’ Double-A roster.

Jennings, 23, has gone 19-19 with one save and a 4.75 ERA (295.2IP, 315H, 187R/156ER, 97BB, 240K, 30HR) in 79 career appearances (51 starts) over four minor league seasons (2017-19, ’21). A native of Brush Creek, Tenn., the right-hander combined to go 9-1 with one save, a 4.99 ERA (74.0IP, 41ER) and 59K in 29 appearances (one start) between Low-A Bradenton, High-A Greensboro and Double-A Altoona in 2021. He was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft.

Ramírez, 22, has gone 3-5 with a 4.33 ERA (95.2IP, 73H, 58R/46ER, 77BB, 126K, 0HR) in 35 games (14 starts) over three minor league seasons (2017-19). The right-hander did not appear in a game in 2021. The Santo Domingo, D.R., native was originally signed by the Houston Astros as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2017.