Nationals select pitchers Elvin Ramirez & Brian Broderick in major league phase of Rule 5 Draft

The Washington Nationals selected right-handed pitchers Elvin Ramirez and Brian Broderick in the Major League phase of today's Rule 5 Draft. Additionally, the club selected right-handed pitcher Michael Allen in the Triple-A phase of the Draft. Nationals Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Ramirez, 23, went 4-4 with a 4.16 ERA in 52 relief appearances last season with Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton in the New York Mets organization. In 80.0 innings, he posted a .212 batting average against and allowed just two home runs.

In five professional seasons, the 6-foot-3 right-hander is 14-23 with a 4.08 ERA in 108 games/51 starts. He signed with the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in September 2004.

Broderick went 14-7 with a 3.66 ERA in 26 games/24 starts last season with Single-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. The 6-foot-6 right-hander posted a 3.68/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (92 K/25 BB) and just 1.5 walks per 9.0 innings in 150.0 innings. Broderick posted an 11-2 record and 2.77 ERA in 17 games/15 starts at the Double-A level and was a Texas League All-Star in 2010. He went 3-1 with a 4.39 ERA in six Arizona Fall League starts.

The 24-year-old is 29-28 with three saves and a 4.06 ERA in 89 games/69 starts during four seasons of professional baseball. He was originally selected by St. Louis in the 21st round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

Allen went 1-3 with three saves and a 6.75 ERA in 37 relief appearances last season with Single-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain in the Minnesota Twins system. He recorded 49 strikeouts in 50.2 innings in 2010. Allen is 9-16 with three saves and a 4.41 in five pro seasons since the Twins selected him in the 13th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.