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December 8, 2005 at 3:49 PM

Sox land pitchers, infielder in Rule 5 draft

The Red Sox added pitchers James Vermilyea (Toronto), Victor Ramos (Pittsburgh) and Jason Richardson (Atlanta), as well as second baseman David Bacani (NY Mets) during today's Rule 5 draft. Vermilyea (pictured), 23, split time between AA New Hampshire and AAA Syracuse , going a combined 6-3, with a 3.65 ERA in 101 innings. He was the only player taken in the Major League portion of the draft, and thus would be required to stay on the 25-man roster (or the DL) for the entire 2006 season, or else must be offered back to Toronto. Vermilyea is said to be a "groundball pitcher that commands the strike zone with many different pitches." Ramos, 24, went a combined 3-5 with 34 strikeouts in 32.1 innings of work between low-A Peoria, high-A Boise and AA West Tennessee in 2005. Richardson, 25, split time between high-A Myrtle Beach and AA Mississippi while pitching in the Atlanta system. He went a combined 1-4 with 63 strikeouts in 66.1 innings pitched in 2005. Bacani, 26, split time between AA Binghamton and AAA Norfolk in 2005, hitting a combined .280 with 5 HRs and 47 RBIs while getting on base at a sound .375 clip in AA, but a measly .250 in AAA. The Red Sox lost pitcher Henry Cabrera to Pittsburgh and third baseman Vince Harrison to St. Louis during the course of the draft.