Mets expect to lose prospect Ramirez

The Mets are expecting to lose hard-throwing right-handed prospect Elvin Ramirez in Thursday's Rule 5 draft, according to a pair of sources. That doesn't mean Ramirez will stick with the team that selects him for the entire season at the major league level and be officially gone as Mets property.

Ramirez, 23, is wowing scouts in the Dominican Republic this winter with a 97 mph fastball, but he also has control issues.

He went 4-4 with a 4.16 ERA in 52 relief appearances spanning 80 innings between Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton last season.