The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Aldo Ramirez from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Kyle Schwarber on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Ramirez, 20, is 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA in eight starts for Low-A Salem. He has 32 strikeouts against eight walks with one home run allowed in 31.0 innings pitched. Over his last three starts, Ramirez has tossed 14.0 consecutive scoreless innings, striking out 16, walking three and holding opposing batters to a .140 batting average (7-for-50).
Ramirez is rated by MLBPipeline.com as Boston's No. 19 prospect and by Baseball America as their No. 25 prospect entering the 2021 season.
The 6-foot, 180-pound right-hander was signed out of the Mexican League at the age of 16 on April 18, 2018. In three Minor League seasons, he is 4-6 with a 2.72 ERA, 112 strikeouts, 27 walks and six home runs allowed in 27 games (26 starts).
Schwarber, 28, hit .253 with nine doubles, 25 homers, 53 RBI, one stolen base, 31 walks and 42 runs scored in 2021. He earned his first National League All-Star selection after his historic month of June in which he hit 16 home runs.