Ames agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Ames -- a first-round pick in the 2011 draft -- has spent the last seven years of his career climbing the minor-league ranks within the Rays' organization. He spent the 2017 campaign with Triple-A Durham, posting a 3.98 ERA and 78:35 K:BB over 63.1 innings of work. The righty will need to cut down on his inflated walk rate if he hopes to play his way into a big-league relief role with his new club.
Rays starting pitcher prospect Jeff Ames made his first relief appearance of the season for Class A short-season Hudson Valley Saturday, and it was a successful one. Ames tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four, to earn the victory. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.58 ERA and .201 opponents' batting average in 11 games (10 starts). He also has 51 strikeouts to 16 walks in 51 1/3 innings.
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