In advance of today’s deadline to add Rule 5 Draft-eligible players to the 40-Man Roster in order to protect them from selection, Washington’s Nationals announced that they added left-hander Ben Braymer.
Braymer, 25, and a 2016 18th Round pick by the Nationals, spent the 2019 campaign with the team’s Double and Triple-A affiliates, posting a 2.51 ERA, a 3.37 FIP, 21 walks (2.39 BB/9), and 69 Ks (7.86 K/9) in 13 starts and 79 IP for the Harrisburg Senators, and a 7.20 ERA, 7.98 FIP, 35 walks (5.25 BB/9), and 47 Ks (7.05 K/9) in 13 starts and 60 IP for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies.
Braymer also, “led Washington’s Minor League system with 26 starts, ranked third with 139.0 innings pitched and sixth with 116 strikeouts in his fourth professional season in 2019,” as is noted in the Nationals’ press release on this afternoon’s roster moves.
At Double-A, the Nats note, “[Braymer] allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of those 13 outings.
“He held opposing batters to a .190 batting average (56-for-294) with just seven home runs, including just two homers across his final eight Eastern League starts,” before he struggled in his first exposure at Triple-A.