Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto today announced that the Mariners have acquired right-handed pitcher Ryne Harper from Atlanta as the Player to be Named Later in the Mariners Dec. 4 trade of RHP Jose Ramirez to the Braves.
Harper, 26, was 0-1 with a 1.87 ERA in 23 games with AA Mississippi in the Atlanta Braves system. He struck out 40 batters in 33.2 innings pitched while walking only 11. He also appeared in 1 game with the high-A Rome Braves.
Ryne is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound reliever. He's made 172 appearances in his minor league career, all in relief. Overall, since debuting in 2011, Harper is 20-12 with a 2.16 ERA with 20 career saves. He's struck out 317 batters, while walking only 79, in 267.0 career innings. He's struck out 10.7 batters per 9.0 innings pitched, while walking just 2.7 per 9.0 IP.
Harper was originally drafted by the Braves in the 37th round of the 2011 June Draft out of Austin Peay State University.
Harper will be assigned to the AAA Tacoma roster. With today's transaction the Mariners 40-man roster remains unchanged at 40 players.